ING lifts rates: Is the time coming to fix your home loan rate?

Australia's fifth largest mortgage lender, ING, has increased interest rates on a number of its sharpest fixed home loans today. 

The changes will impact both its Fixed Rate Loan and Fixed Rate Loan (Owner Occupiers with Orange Advantage) offers, with increases of between five and 20 basis points depending on the fixed term length. As a result, ING’s lowest rate is now 2.19% (3.79% comparison rate*) for a 2-year term. 

Until recently ING had held the market leading position in the Mozo database for a number of fixed mortgage rates, though even with today's changes it remains competitive across all fixed terms and it still offers the lowest 5-year fixed rate in our database.

“We can only speculate on the driving factors behind the decision, but whatever the reason, ING’s fixed rates are still very competitive,” says Mozo Banking Expert, Peter Marshall. 

“It could be the case that they’ve taken on enough customers with their previous sharp offers, or perhaps their net interest margin is under pressure on another front.”

Here’s a look at the new market leading fixed rates in the Mozo database following ING’s changes, as well as the Mozo average rate for each term:

TermLeaderFixed rate Average
1-yearNewcastle Permanent2.18% (3.83% comparison rate*)2.62%
2-yearHSBC2.09% (3.09% comparison rate*)2.59%
3-yearbcu2.16% (3.64% comparison rate*)2.65%
4-yearHSBC2.40% (3.13% comparison rate*)2.99%
5-yearING2.54% (3.50% comparison rate*)3.00%

In the months following the consecutive RBA cuts in March, fixed rate offers have largely superseded variable rate offers as offering the lowest rates in the market, with a host of lenders offering fixed rate deals considerably lower than anything seen in recent years. 

So with fixed rates seemingly in vogue, are there any factors borrowers might want to consider that they wouldn't normally with a variable rate?

To fix, or not to fix?

While the repayment certainly that comes with a fixed rate mortgage may be a huge bonus for borrowers wanting to balance their budgets, one thing they’ll want to keep an eye on down the track is the revert rate attached to loan.

As Marshall explains, the revert rate is the rate that the loan will switch back to following the fixed period - whether that’s after one, three or five years.

“Revert rates tend to be much higher than the fixed rate on offer,” he says.

“While that doesn’t really matter during the period in which the fixed rate applies, it’s certainly worth remembering to consider switching if you don’t like the rate your loan will be reverting to at the end of the fixed term.”

While fixed rates are at some of the lowest levels in years, Marshall also reminded buyers and refinancers that they don’t always have to lock in a fixed rate for 100% of the loan. There’s often the option to opt for a split rate.  

“While it’s always difficult to tell which way the market will move, if you’re looking to fix a rate at say 2.20% - 2.30% for the next three years, that’s a really great rate. Even if rates do go below that point there’s not much room for a downside.” 

“However, if you’re not fully prepared to lock in a rate one option is to fix half of your loan and leave the other half as a variable rate. That way if variable rates go down you’ll obviously benefit, but if variable rates start to go up you’ll always have the option of fixing that portion of the loan as well.”

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    Fixed Rate Home Loan

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    Special Fixed Rate Home Loan

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