March emergency RBA cut: Which banks have cut home loans and where do rates sit?
Thursday 19 March 2020
Last Updated: 2:56pm, March 27
How quickly things change. It’s been just over two weeks since the Reserve Bank of Australia last cut interest rates, but here we are again.
In a statement released this afternoon, the RBA announced a 0.25% cut to the official cash rate amid the fallout from COVID-19 and the severe impact the virus is having on the Australian economy.
The decision means that the official cash rate now sits at an all time low of 0.25%.
“The coronavirus is first and foremost a public health issue, but it is also having a very major impact on the economy and the financial system,” said Governor Philip Lowe in a statement released this afternoon.
“The result has been major disruptions to economic activity across the world. This is likely to remain the case for some time yet as efforts continue to contain the virus.”
Following today’s announcement many Australian households will likely be wondering about the impact the latest cut will have on their home loan rates, particularly given the financial uncertainty that many Australians are already facing, or are likely to face in the coming months.
Earlier in the month we saw a surprisingly large number of lenders, including all four big banks, move to pass on the 25 basis point cut in full to their customers. But the big question this time around will be whether or not lenders have the capacity to pass the rate cut on in full.
To help you keep up to date, we’ll be regularly updating the table at the bottom of this article with the latest rate announcements from a number of lenders.
How low have mortgage interest rates fallen?
With five reductions to the official cash rate since June 2019, it perhaps won’t come as a surprise to learn that mortgage rates have also rapidly declined.
According to our most recent figures, the average interest rate in the Mozo database for a $400,000 owner occupier home loan (80% LVR) is now hovering around 3.50%. To put that in comparison, back in May 2019 there were just a handful of lenders in the Mozo database with rates below that mark.
Of course, today’s RBA cut means that we’ll likely see a further reduction in rates, but in the meantime here’s a snapshot.
|Variable rate||Lender and loan|
|2.44% (2.45% comparison rate*)||Reduce Home Loans - |
Low Rider Home Loan
|2.44% (2.49% comparison rate*)||Homestar - Star Essentials Home Loan|
|2.47% (2.53% comparison rate*)||Well Home Loans - Well Balanced|
|2.52% (2.52% comparison rate*)||Reduce Home Loans - Rate Lovers Variable Home Loan|
|2.54% (2.54% comparison rate*)||Pacific Mortgage Group - Standard Variable Home Loan|
Which lenders have cut variable rates?
To help you keep up to date with all the latest movements following today’s RBA rate cut, we’ll be updating the table below as banks and other lenders announce their respective rate cuts in the coming days.
|March 19||March 3||October 1|
|Reduce Home Loans||-0.10%||-0.25%||-0.20%|
Which lenders have cut fixed rates?
Aside from variable rates, we'll also be keeping track of the notable fixed rate changes as they come in.
|Lender||Fixed rate adjustment|
|ANZ||Announced a 2 year fixed rate of 2.19% for owner occupiers making principal and interest repayments.|
|CommBank||Announced a 0.70% cut across 1, 2 and 3 year fixed loans. From May 1, these fixed offers will sit at 2.29% for new and existing owner occupiers.|
|ING||Announced new owner occupier fixed rates as low as 2.09% (3.77% comparison rate*) for a 2 year term. |
|NAB||Announced a cut of up to 0.60% on fixed loans. From March 25, 2 and 3 year fixed owner occupier loans will sit at 2.29%.|
|Tic:Toc||Announced new 1-3 year fixed rate home for owner occupiers as low as 2.22%.|
|Reduce Home Loans||Announced new fixed home loan rates for owner occupiers as low as 2.09% (up to 2.68% comparison rate*) for 1-3 year terms.|
|Well Home Loans||Announced new owner occupier fixed home loan rates as low as 2.09% (2.41% comparison rate*) for 3 year terms|
|Westpac||Announced 2.29% fixed rates on 1, 2 and 3 year terms with the Premier Advantage Package which is available to owner occupier customers.|
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