Have rate reductions made it time to ‘fix and forget’ your home loan?

A month on from the Reserve Bank of Australia’s (RBA) March Emergency rate cut and the dust has well and truly settled, revealing a substantial shift in the fixed rate home loans market. 

According to a new Mozo analysis, the average fixed rates on offer for owner-occupiers across one to five year terms are now considerably lower than the average variable rate home loan in the Mozo database, which currently sits at 3.45%. 

Here’s the current lie of the land:

  • 1-year fixed term average: 2.82%
  • 2-year fixed term average: 2.73%
  • 3-year fixed term average: 2.80%
  • 4-year fixed term average: 3.12%
  • 5-year fixed term average: 3.16%

While there was little movement among lenders on the fixed rate front following the first March 3 RBA cut, a considerable number of lenders quickly moved to reduce fixed rates following the emergency RBA cut on March 19. 

“After the second rate cut in March, 66% of one-year fixed home loan rates changed, compared to 20% after the first rate cut. This market movement was similar across two, three, four and five year fixed home loans and reduced the fixed home loan average,” said Mozo Director, Kirsty Lamont. 

“With so many fixed home loans offering low interest rates, we might see a shift in Australia from a majority variable rate market to a predominantly fixed rate market. Many countries around the world have a majority fixed rate market, like the United States where it’s common to have a 30 year fixed rate.”

As a result of the heavy rate reductions in the last month, some fixed rate offers in the Mozo database are now edging close to the 2.00% mark. 

Among the lowest, online lenders Reduce Home Loans (2.64% comparison rate*) and Well Home Loans (2.41% comparison rate*) both have three-year fixed offers of just 2.09%, while ING’s three year Fixed Rate Loan offer is just 2.14% (3.62% comparison rate*). 

Australia’s Big Four banks have also joined the fixed rate cut party, with offers as low as 2.34% (4.18% comparison*) with the ANZ 2-year Fixed Rate offer and 2.39% (4.10% comparison rate*) for the NAB 3-year Tailored Home Loan (Fixed) offer. 

“Right now there are great deals available for borrowers who are happy to lock in a rate. The full economic impact of COVID-19 is still unknown causing uncertainty and fear, fixed interest rates are a great way to lock in a payment plan for your home loan,” said Lamont. 

“When looking for a fixed rate home loan it’s important to consider the automatic revert rate, so you aren’t forced to refinance at the end of your term. The average revert rate for fixed home loans is 3.62% but some lenders have lower revert rates.”

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    Special Offer Fixed Rate Home Loan

    Owner Occupier, Principal & Interest

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    Initial monthly repayment
    1.99% p.a.
    fixed 3 years
    2.70% p.a.

    Limited time 3 Year Fixed Rate Special Offer for purchase or refinance. Rate lock option available. No monthly or ongoing fees.

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    UHomeLoan

    Owner Occupier, Principal & Interest

    interest rate
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    Initial monthly repayment
    1.75% p.a.
    fixed 3 years
    2.22% p.a.

    $0 fees and easy application. Choose between weekly, fortnightly or monthly repayments. 3 year fixed rates are for new Owner Occupier Principal & Interest loans.

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    Basic Home Loan

    Fixed, Owner Occupier, Principal & Interest, LVR<70%

    interest rate
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    Initial monthly repayment
    2.09% p.a.
    fixed 3 years
    2.43% p.a.

    Get a flexible loan structure with up to six loan accounts with different rate types. Make free extra repayments. Enjoy free redraw facility. No upfront or ongoing fees. Option to earn Qantas points.

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    Special Fixed Rate Home Loan

    Owner Occupier, Principal & Interest

    interest rate
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    Initial monthly repayment
    1.89% p.a.
    fixed 2 years
    3.67% p.a.

    Great fixed low rate. Ability to split your loan between fixed and variable. Insurance discounts and $0 credit card or personal loan fee available. $2,000 cashback offer for investor & owner occupied home loans over $250k with LVR ≤80% when refinancing to Newcastle Permanent. Enjoy local branches and call centre.

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    Fixed Rate Home Loan

    Owner Occupier, Principal & Interest, LVR <80%

    interest rate
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    Initial monthly repayment
    1.88% p.a.
    fixed 2 years
    2.86% p.a.

    Ability to split your home loan between Fixed and Variable. Dedicated Relationship Manager. Refinancers borrowing $250,000 or more will receive $3288 (T&Cs, eligibility and lending criteria apply).

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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, loan amount and term entered. 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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