February home loan snapshot: Athena and ANZ lead variable rate drops

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While plenty of Australians have been hitting the beach and putting their feet up for a much deserved rest over the past month, there’s been no pause to rate changes in the mortgage market.

So which lenders have recently altered their rates, what are some of the lowest home loan rates around at present, and could we be in for a hike from the Reserve Bank rate later in the year? Let’s get into it.

Recent variable and fixed rate changes

Generally, home loan rates have continued on the divergent course we’ve witnessed over the past few months: lenders have been cutting variable rates and they’ve been lifting fixed rates. Here are some of the more significant rate changes from recent weeks:

  • NAB subsidiary 86 400 trimmed the variable rate on its Neat Home Loan (owner occupier, 70-80% LVR) by five basis points to 2.29% p.a. (2.30% p.a. comparison rate*).
  • Online lender Athena took 10-30bp off of its AcceleRATES Variable Home Loan. The lowest variable rate available to owner occupiers (<60% LVR) is now 1.89% p.a. (1.89% p.a. comparison rate*).
  • ANZ cut 20bp off of its Simplicity PLUS Special Offer loan, meaning the lowest variable rate for owner occupiers (<80% LVR) is now 2.29% p.a. (2.33% p.a. comparison rate*) - on par with NAB and Westpac.
  • On the fixed rate front, former Mozo database rate leader Greater Bank lifted fixed rates across all terms. The lowest rate on offer with its Discount Great Rate Loan for owner occupiers (LVR<90%) is still a competitive 1.89% p.a. (2.17% p.a. comparison rate*) for a 1-year term though.
  • Westpac also increased a number of fixed rates. The lowest fixed rate offered by the major bank for owner occupiers (<80% LVR) is now 2.49% p.a. (3.64% p.a. comparison rate) for a 1-year term on the Fixed Options Home Loan (Premier Advantage Package).

Lowest home loan rates

Those are just a selection of recent changes, but how do they compare to some of the lowest interest rates available at present? Here’s a look at the lowest variable and fixed mortgage rates available from lenders being tracked in our database for owner occupiers with an LVR <80%.

Lowest variable rates — Mozo database (February 1, 2022)^^

LenderLoanVariable rate
Reduce Home LoansSuper Saver1.77% p.a. (1.86% p.a. comparison rate*)
Well Home LoansWell Balanced1.85% p.a. (1.88% p.a. comparison rate*)
Homeloans360Owner Variable1.87% p.a. (1.87% p.a. comparison rate*)
Pacific Mortgage GroupStandard Variable1.87% p.a. (1.87% p.a. comparison rate*)
Tic:TocVariable1.89% p.a. (1.90% p.a. comparison rate*)

Lowest fixed rates — Mozo database (February 1, 2022)^^

TermRate leaderFixed rate
1-yearUBank1.79% p.a. (2.18% p.a. comparison rate*)
2-yearQudos Bank1.99% p.a. (2.41% p.a. comparison rate*)
3-yearBank of us2.19% p.a. (2.45% p.a. comparison rate*)
4-yearBankVic2.49% p.a. (3.49% p.a. comparison rate*)
5-yearBankVic2.59% p.a. (3.43% p.a. comparison rate*)

Will there be an RBA rate rise in 2022? 

We know that fixed rates are on the rise, but could variable rates start to head in the direction before too long?

Given that variable rates are at some of the lowest levels we’ve seen in years, it’s almost inevitable that they’ll start ticking up at some point, but the question of when could depend on any moves from the Reserve Bank.

The RBA has previously indicated that a lift to the cash rate before 2024 would be unlikely, but following its November 2021 meeting it indicated that an earlier move could be a possibility. 

Some banks, including CBA and Westpac, are now speculating that the Reserve Bank could move on rates as soon as later this year, but Mozo Banking Expert, Peter Marshall, thinks the RBA will be more cautious.

“While things are different in the US - where they have an extended period of increased inflation - we haven’t seen that here in Australia yet. So the RBA will not be looking to move until they have a high level of confidence that inflationary pressure is going to stick around, and it will take some more quarters for that to happen.”

With the Reserve Bank Board meeting for the first time in 2022 this afternoon, we may find out more about its thinking on interest rates sooner rather than later. And you can find coverage on that decision on our dedicated Reserve Bank page. 

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^^Interest rates are based on an owner occupier making principal and interest repayments on a $400,000 loan with an 80% LVR. For more information on average mortgage rates, check out our dedicated Australian home loan statistics page.

Home loan comparisons on Mozo

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Last updated 24 July 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.

  • Neat Home Loan

    • Owner Occupier
    • Principal & Interest
    • LVR <60%
    Interest rate
    6.09 % p.a.
    Variable
    Comparison rate
    6.11 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $3,027
    Go to site

    Competitively-priced variable rate loan. Ideal for owner occupiers and investors. No service fees to pay. Make free extra repayments and redraws. Flexible repayment schedule available.

  • Special Real Deal Home Loan

    • Owner Occupier
    • Principal & Interest
    • LVR <80%
    Interest rate
    6.09 % p.a.
    Variable
    Comparison rate
    6.13 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $3,027
    Go to site

    Refinancers or first home buyers pay no monthly or annual fees. Up to $3,000 cashback when you complete your home loan application online. $2,000 cashback on loans ≥$250K; or $3,000 cashback on loans ≥$500K. LVR ≤80%. T&Cs and credit criteria apply.

  • Optimum Fixed Rate Home Loan

    • Owner Occupier
    • Principal & Interest
    Interest rate
    5.69 % p.a.
    Fixed 3 years
    Comparison rate
    6.34 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $2,899
    Go to site

    Lock in a competitive interest rate and enjoy peace of mind for the fixed period. Available for owner occupied new and refinanced home loans with at least 20% deposit. Split option available as well as offset and redraw. Noapplication, ongoing or banking fees. Third Party fees may be applicable - payable within loan repayments. Extra repayments up to $20K per annum permitted. Apply online, 100% member owned credit union.

  • 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.

  • OMG Home Loan

    • Owner Occupier
    • Principal & Interest
    • <60% LVR
    Interest rate
    5.99 % p.a.
    Variable
    Comparison rate
    6.02 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $2,995
    Go to site

    BCU Bank’s OMG owner occupied home loan offers a variety of great low rates depending on your deposit. Save with no ongoing annual fees. Access your extra payments when you need to through the redraw facility. Pre-approval valid for 3 months.

  • Flex Home Loan

    • Fixed
    • Owner Occupier
    • Principal & Interest
    • LVR <60%
    Interest rate
    5.99 % p.a.
    Fixed 3 years
    Comparison rate
    6.34 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $2,995
    Go to site

    Competitive Fixed rate. Multiple offset accounts available. Borrowers can also make extra repayments. Redraw facility available. Simple online application process. 40% deposit required.

  • Express Home Loan

    • Owner Occupier
    • Principal & Interest
    • LVR <90%
    Interest rate
    6.01 % p.a.
    Variable
    Comparison rate
    6.14 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $3,001
    Go to site

    Get online approval from the award-winning Bendigo Bank Express Home Loan. Multiple offset accounts and redraw available. 100% offset on variable rate loans and partial offset on fixed rate. Flexible repayment options. New home loans only.

  • Neat Home Loan

    • Owner Occupier
    • Principal & Interest
    • LVR <60%
    Interest rate
    6.09 % p.a.
    Variable
    Comparison rate
    6.11 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $3,027
    Go to site

    Competitively-priced variable rate loan. Ideal for owner occupiers and investors. No service fees to pay. Make free extra repayments and redraws. Flexible repayment schedule available.

  • Special Real Deal Home Loan

    • Owner Occupier
    • Principal & Interest
    • LVR <80%
    Interest rate
    6.09 % p.a.
    Variable
    Comparison rate
    6.13 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $3,027
    Go to site

    Refinancers or first home buyers pay no monthly or annual fees. Up to $3,000 cashback when you complete your home loan application online. $2,000 cashback on loans ≥$250K; or $3,000 cashback on loans ≥$500K. LVR ≤80%. T&Cs and credit criteria apply.

  • 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.

  • Flex Home Loan

    • Owner Occupier
    • Principal & Interest
    • LVR <60%
    Interest rate
    6.14 % p.a.
    Variable
    Comparison rate
    6.38 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $3,043
    Go to site

    Competitive variable rate. Multiple offset accounts available. Borrowers can also make extra repayments. Redraw facility available. Simple online application process. 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.

  • Basic Home Loan

    • Fixed
    • Owner Occupier
    • Principal & Interest
    • LVR<70%
    Interest rate
    6.25 % p.a.
    Fixed 3 years
    Comparison rate
    6.20 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $3,079
    Go to site

    No upfront or ongoing fees. Free extra repayments and redraw facility. Option to earn Qantas points. Min 30% deposit required. Borrow up to $10,000,000.

  • Offset Home Loan

    • Fixed
    • Owner Occupier
    • Principal & Interest
    • LVR <70%
    Interest rate
    6.25 % p.a.
    Fixed 3 years
    Comparison rate
    6.42 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $3,079
    Go to site

  • Fixed Rate

    • Owner Occupier
    • Principal & Interest
    • <80% LVR
    Interest rate
    6.54 % p.a.
    Fixed 2 years
    Comparison rate
    7.10 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $3,174

    Enjoy up to $3000 cashback for eligible first home buyers and $2000 cashback for refinancers on eligible home loans with the ANZ Fixed Rate Home Loan. Get the security of repayment certainty with a competitive locked in rate. No ongoing fees to pay. Offset account on 1-year fixed loans ($10/month fee applies). Interest-only payments allowed.

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