May home loans snapshot: HSBC and ING emerge as new fixed rate leaders

By Tom Watson ·

In good news for Australian borrowers and refinancers, the recent downward trend in home loan interest rates has continued, according to new Mozo research released this morning.

Figures from the latest Mozo Banking Roundup reveal that mortgage lenders continued to drop both home loan rates throughout May, but as in previous months, changes to fixed rates largely outweighed those to variable rates. 

Among the most significant recent fixed rate movements, AMP slashed 35 - 185 basis points off select fixed package loan rates while neobank 86 400 cut its own fixed rate offers by between 15 - 25 basis points. 

On the flip side, ANZ increased fixed rates on its Breakfree Package loan by up to 10 basis points, while online lenders Reduce Home Loans and Well Home Loans also increased what were previously rate-leading offers. 

The increases from Reduce and Well now leave HSBC and ING sitting pretty as the rate leaders in the Mozo database in four of five fixed rate terms. Here are the five database-leading fixed rates and the Mozo averages as of June 1, 2020:

TermRate leaderFixed rateAverage
1 yearNewcastle Permanent2.18% (3.83% comparison rate*)3.03%
2 yearHSBC and ING2.09% (3.09% and 3.77% comparison rates*)2.98%
3 yearING2.14% (3.62% comparison rate*)3.01%
4 yearHSBC2.40% (3.13% comparison rate*)3.36%
5 yearING2.54% (3.50% comparison rate*)3.38%

Variable rates trend down

While there was a lower volume of variable home loan rate changes in May compared to fixed changes, cuts continued to flow.

There was a bit of jostling at the most competitive end of the market, with three lenders - Homestar, Reduce Home Loans and Tic:Toc - now offering a variable rate of 2.39% for owner occupiers. That’s currently the lowest in the Mozo database. 

Online lender Homestar has cut its Star Essentials loan by 5 basis points to 2.39% (2.39% comparison rate*) and Tic:Toc shaved 15 basis points off its Variable Home Loan meaning that it also sits at 2.39% (2.40% comparison rate*). 

The Reduce Home Loan Rate Slasher rate of 2.39% (2.40% comparison rate*) remains unchanged. 

As a result of the various rate changes, the average variable rate in the Mozo database (based on a $400k, OO, P&I loan with an 80% LVR) dropped fractionally over the month from 3.44% to 3.43%.

RELATED: Macquarie Bank slashes fixed rates by up to 0.35%

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Tom Watson
Tom Watson
Finance journalist

Tom Watson is a financial journalist at Mozo, specialising in fintech, property and business banking. Whether it’s reporting on banking trends or uncovering the latest product innovations, Tom’s mission is to keep our readers up to date with breaking Australian financial news. His work is often sourced in the media and across social media channels. Tom has a degree in Journalism from the University of Technology, Sydney.