Big banks to feel the pressure with forecasted RBA rate cut

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As anticipation continues to grow amongst Aussies awaiting the RBA announcement, speculations of a Melbourne Cup day rate cut are in the air. 

According to new Mozo research, should the RBA cut rates on Tuesday it’ll be the big banks who will feel the heat. 

Mozo found that the Big Four banks’ tactic of ‘slow and steady’ to pass on interest rate cuts in the past has seen them rake in big bucks. In fact, by delaying the effective dates the big banks profited $109 million this year alone. 

That figure then jumps to a staggering $1.2 billion if you consider when the RBA began cutting rates in 2011. 

“With so many mortgage customers under pressure, if we see another cut to official interest rates next week we need the banks to end their longstanding practice of profiteering at their customers’ expense,” said Mozo Director, Kirsty Lamont.  

“With the progressive winding back of Jobkeeper and Jobseeker support payments and the banks mortgage holidays coming to an end, it’s critical the banks pass on this latest cut without delay.”

However, these big players weren’t alone in their efforts, as Mozo found that 58 banks delayed the effective dates of their rate cuts after the first official RBA cut for the year in March.

A total of 69 lenders passed on the first rate cut in full back in March, while 12 only chose to pass on a partial cut.

Households set to save should the banks provide rate relief

While there's no way of telling how the RBA will choose to move come Tuesday, many experts are predicting the official cash rate will drop by 15 basis points. 

The average variable rate home loan in the Mozo database currently sits at 3.34%, bringing the monthly repayments for owner occupiers paying principal and interest to $1,761. 

Should lenders pass on this 15 basis points reduction, the new average variable rate will drop to just 3.19%, saving households $33 a month on their mortgage. 

And with budgets getting tighter in many households due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Lamont believes that the possibility for a lender to pass on the cut could be make or break for vulnerable Aussies. 

“With a number of the banks already indicating some customers won’t make it through the pandemic, their decision on whether or not to pass the rate cut could quite literally be the difference between keeping a roof over your head or being kicked out in the cold,” she said.

Where to find the best variable rates on the market

The good news is, households looking to save on their home loan don’t have to wait for their lender to pass on a rate cut. We took a peek into the Mozo database to source the top three variable rates offered on the market.

Leading Variable Interest Rates

LenderHome Loan Interest Rate
Well Home LoansWell Balanced2.17% (2.20% comp rate*)
Reduce Home LoansEconomizer Variable2.19% (2.23% comp rate*)
Tic:TocSpecial Variable Home Loan2.19% (2.20% comp rate*)

Source: mozo.com.au as of 26 October 2020. Based on a $400,000 loan at 80% LVR for an Owner Occupier with Principal & Interest repayments.

You can compare more variable rates by visiting our home loan comparison tool or track any home loan rate movements over at our Reserve Bank interest rates page.




Home loan comparisons on Mozo

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Last updated 19 June 2024 Important disclosures and comparison rate warning*
  • Unloan Variable

    • Owner Occupier
    • LVR <80%
    Interest rate
    5.99 % p.a.
    Variable
    Comparison rate
    5.90 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $2,995
    Go to site

    Built by CommBank, the Unloan is the first home loan with an increasing discount (conditions apply) for borrowers. No application or banking fees. No monthly account keeping or early exit fees. Apply online in minutes.

  • Basic Home Loan

    • Owner Occupier
    • LVR<60%
    • Principal & Interest
    Interest rate
    6.14 % p.a.
    Variable
    Comparison rate
    6.16 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $3,043
    Go to site

    Enjoy a low rate home loan with $0 application fee and $0 ongoing fees. Flexibility to split your loan and set different repayment types. Fee free redraw from your loan using online banking. Flexible ways to repay. 40% Deposit required.

  • Offset Home Loan

    • Owner Occupier
    • LVR<60%
    • Principal & Interest
    Interest rate
    6.14 % p.a.
    Variable
    Comparison rate
    6.39 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $3,043
    Go to site

    Ability to open up to 10 offset accounts per loan account. Fast online application. Linked Debit Mastercard® with fee-free access at ATMs across Australia. Package a credit card with your home loan and the annual card fee will be waived (T&Cs apply). 40% deposit required.

  • Unloan Variable

    • Owner Occupier
    • LVR <80%
    Interest rate
    5.99 % p.a.
    Variable
    Comparison rate
    5.90 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $2,995
    Go to site

    Built by CommBank, the Unloan is the first home loan with an increasing discount (conditions apply) for borrowers. No application or banking fees. No monthly account keeping or early exit fees. Apply online in minutes.

  • Discount Variable Home Loan

    • Owner Occupier
    • LVR<70%
    Interest rate
    5.99 % p.a.
    Variable
    Comparison rate
    6.01 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $2,995
    Go to site

    A low rate home loan for owner-occupiers packed with great features including unlimited extra repayments, free online redraw, no application or monthly admin fees. Rate will vary depending on LVR. Winner of a Mozo Experts Choice 2024 Low Cost Home Loan Award^

  • Variable Home Loan 90

    • Principal and Interest
    • LVR <90%
    Interest rate
    6.04 % p.a.
    Variable
    Comparison rate
    6.06 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $3,011
    Go to site

    Affordable home loan rate for buyers or refinancers. No monthly or ongoing fees. Option to add an offset for 0.10%. Access to savings with unlimited redraws available. Minimum 10% deposit required.

  • The Better Home Loan Special Offer

    • Owner Occupier
    • Principal & Interest
    • LVR<80%
    Interest rate
    6.14 % p.a.
    Variable
    Comparison rate
    6.14 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $3,043
    Go to site

    Enjoy a variable rate home loan with a bunch of features from Police Credit Union. Make extra repayments at any time without penalty. No monthly, annual or upfront fees. Free online redraw. Minimum 20% deposit. Qualifying criteria applies. Minimum loan amount is 200K. For new customers only. Mozo Experts Choice Home Lender Credit Union of the Year 2023.

  • Basic Home Loan

    • Owner Occupier
    • LVR<60%
    • Principal & Interest
    Interest rate
    6.14 % p.a.
    Variable
    Comparison rate
    6.16 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $3,043
    Go to site

    Enjoy a low rate home loan with $0 application fee and $0 ongoing fees. Flexibility to split your loan and set different repayment types. Fee free redraw from your loan using online banking. Flexible ways to repay. 40% Deposit required.

  • Mortgage Simplifier

    • LVR<80%
    • Owner Occupier
    • Principal & Interest
    Interest rate
    6.14 % p.a.
    Variable
    Comparison rate
    6.17 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $3,043

    Get a competitive variable rate with ING’s Mortgage Simplifier. Free extra repayments, no monthly or annual fees. Freedom to make free extra repayments or redraws.

  • Offset Home Loan

    • Owner Occupier
    • LVR<60%
    • Principal & Interest
    Interest rate
    6.14 % p.a.
    Variable
    Comparison rate
    6.39 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $3,043
    Go to site

    Ability to open up to 10 offset accounts per loan account. Fast online application. Linked Debit Mastercard® with fee-free access at ATMs across Australia. Package a credit card with your home loan and the annual card fee will be waived (T&Cs apply). 40% deposit required.

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* WARNING: This comparison rate applies only to the example or examples given. Different amounts and terms will result in different comparison rates. Costs such as redraw fees or early repayment fees, and cost savings such as fee waivers, are not included in the comparison rate but may influence the cost of the loan. The comparison rate displayed is for a secured loan with monthly principal and interest repayments for $150,000 over 25 years.

** Initial monthly repayment figures are estimates only, based on the advertised rate. You can change the loan amount and term in the input boxes at the top of this table. Rates, fees and charges and therefore the total cost of the loan may vary depending on your loan amount, loan term, and credit history. Actual repayments will depend on your individual circumstances and interest rate changes.

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