Last to fall: NAB hikes home loan rates, here’s how it stacks up to the other big banks

Ceyda Erem

24 Jan 2019

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After being the only big 4 bank to resist a rate hike in September, NAB has today announced a home loan rate rise for both owner occupiers and investor home loans on the Tailored Home Loan.

The change is effective as of January 31 and sees hikes of up to 16 basis points.

According to NAB Chief Consumer Officer, Mike Baird, the decision was not an easy one, struggling to uphold a balance between rewarding customer loyalty and responding to increases in funding costs.

“Our decision to hold our Standard Variable Rate since September last year, the only major Australian bank to do so, has led to around $70 million remaining in the households of more than 930,000 NAB customers,” Baird said.

Mozo Data Manager Peter Marshall said the rate rise from NAB was no surprise.

“Given that NAB was the only big bank not to raise rates in September last year, and considering that it has to think about the same finding pressures that other lenders have cited while increasing rates, it was really only a matter of time before this happened,” he said.

The rate changes are as follows:

- Owner Occupier Principal and Interest, now 5.36% (+12 basis points)

- Investor Principal and Interest, now 5.96% (+16 basis points)

- Owner Occupier Interest Only, now 5.93% (+16 basis points)

- Investor Interest Only, now 6.25 (+16 basis points)

For an owner-occupier making principal and interest repayments, on a packaged loan of $400,000 over 30 years, the changes mean $28 a month more in monthly repayments than the previous rate or $10,238 more interest over the life of the loan.

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Baird went onto explain that NAB has already begun contacting loyal customers, reassuring them that the bank would be willing to offer a repayment holiday, should they need it.

“Through these check ins we’ve advised more than 100,000 customers that they’re ahead on their repayments which gives them flexibility to take a breather on payments if they ever need it,” he said.

“We’ve also helped almost 200,000 customers understand how they can save more on interest by setting up an offset account.”

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“It’s nice to see NAB taking steps to minimise the impact on existing customers, but for new borrowers, looking outside the big banks at challenger lenders is probably going to mean getting a better deal,” Marshall commented.

The change in rates brings NAB in line with other big banks, which all offer comparable loans with interest rates between 5.36% and 5.38%.

Comparable big bank mortgage rates 

NAB Tailored Home Loan

5.36% (5.49% comparison rate*)

ANZ Standard Variable Rate

5.36% (5.46% comparison rate*)

Westpac Rocket Repay Home Loan

5.38% (5.52% comparison rate*)

CommBank Standard Variable Rate

 5.37% (5.52% comparison rate*)

All loans are ongoing basic variable rates, for owner-occupiers making P&I repayments.

For big bank customers who are looking for a better home loan deal, or new borrowers exploring their options, there are heaps of home loans available from lenders outside the big banks. Check out some hot offers in our home loan comparison table.

5 home loan offers

Rates updated daily. Advertiser disclosure.

  • loans.com.au

    1.99% p.a.variable for 12 months and then 2.48% p.a.

    2.47% p.a.

    $1234

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    Smart Booster Home Loan

    1 Year Discounted Variable Rate, Owner Occupier, Principal & Interest, <80% LVR

    1.99% p.a.variable for 12 months and then 2.48% p.a.

    2.47% p.a.

    A super low introductory rate home loan with no monthly or ongoing fees. Unlimited free redraws and unlimited additional repayments to help you build your equity and own your home sooner. Multiple loan splits available. (Rates revert after introductory period ends). 20% minimum deposit required.

    Smart Booster Home Loan

    A super low introductory rate home loan with no monthly or ongoing fees. Unlimited free redraws and unlimited additional repayments to help you build your equity and own your home sooner. Multiple loan splits available. (Rates revert after introductory period ends). 20% minimum deposit required.

    • 1.99% p.a.variable for 12 months and then 2.48% p.a.

    • 2.47% p.a.

    • $520

    • $0.00

    • $0.00

    • yes - free

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    • Optional - with 0.10% additional interest

    • 80.00%

    • $520

    • $50,000

    • $1,000,000

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

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  • UBank
    Mozo Expert Choice Badge

    2.34% p.a.

    2.34% p.a.

    $1234

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    UHomeLoan - Discount Offer

    Owner Occupier, Principal & Interest

    2.34% p.a.

    2.34% p.a.

    Enjoy a super low rate, $0 fees and easy application with the Mozo Experts Choice Home Lender Bank of the Year.^ Free redraw with flexible repayments. Min 20% deposit.

    UHomeLoan - Discount Offer

    Enjoy a super low rate, $0 fees and easy application with the Mozo Experts Choice Home Lender Bank of the Year.^ Free redraw with flexible repayments. Min 20% deposit.

    • 2.34% p.a.

    • 2.34% p.a.

    • $0

    • $0.00

    • $0.00

    • yes - free

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    • no

    • 80.00%

    • $0

    • $100,000

    • -

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the UHomeLoan - Discount Offer

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  • Athena
    Mozo Expert Choice Badge

    2.19% p.a.

    2.19% p.a.

    $1234

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    Celebrate Variable Home Loan

    <60% LVR, Owner Occupier, Principal & Interest

    2.19% p.a.

    2.19% p.a.

    Fast online application with no fees. Free extra repayments and redraw facility. Min 40% deposit. Crowned Best New Home Loan for 2020 by the Mozo Experts.^

    Celebrate Variable Home Loan

    Fast online application with no fees. Free extra repayments and redraw facility. Min 40% deposit. Crowned Best New Home Loan for 2020 by the Mozo Experts.^

    • 2.19% p.a.

    • 2.19% p.a.

    • $0

    • $0.00

    • $0.00

    • yes - free

    • yes - free

    • no

    • 60.00%

    • $0

    • $100,000

    • $2,000,000

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Celebrate Variable Home Loan

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  • Macquarie

    2.64% p.a.

    2.64% p.a.

    $1234

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    Basic Home Loan

    Owner Occupier, LVR<80%, Principal & Interest

    2.64% p.a.

    2.64% p.a.

    Flexible loan structure – create up to six loan accounts with different rate and repayment types. Free redraw from your loan using Macquarie Online.

    Basic Home Loan

    Flexible loan structure – create up to six loan accounts with different rate and repayment types. Free redraw from your loan using Macquarie Online.

    • 2.64% p.a.

    • 2.64% p.a.

    • $0

    • $0.00

    • $400.00

    • yes - free

    • yes - free

    • no

    • 80.00%

    • $0

    • $150,000

    • $749,999

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Monthly

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Basic Home Loan

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  • 86 400

    2.19% p.a.

    2.20% p.a.

    $1234

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    Neat Home Loan

    Owner Occupier, Principal & Interest, LVR <60%

    2.19% p.a.

    2.20% p.a.

    Competitive variable rate. Borrowers choose their repayment schedule (weekly, fortnightly or monthly) and can also make extra repayments. Redraw facility available. Simple online application process.

    Neat Home Loan

    Competitive variable rate. Borrowers choose their repayment schedule (weekly, fortnightly or monthly) and can also make extra repayments. Redraw facility available. Simple online application process.

    • 2.19% p.a.

    • 2.20% p.a.

    • $250

    • $0.00

    • $300.00

    • yes - free

    • yes - free

    • no

    • 60.00%

    • $250

    • $80,000

    • $5,000,000

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Neat Home Loan

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