ME Bank sharpen fixed mortgage rates by up to 0.40%

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ME Bank has joined the swelling ranks of lenders making cuts to short-term fixed home loan rates by reducing a number of offers between 20 to 40 basis points.

The revised rates which came into effect on August 21 are available to owner occupiers looking to refinance or take out a new home loan. Here are the key changes:

Flexible Home Loan (Fixed, Member Package)

  • 1-year fixed rate: Cut by 20 basis points to 2.19% (3.44% comparison rate*)
  • 2-year fixed rate: Cut by 30 basis points to 2.19% (3.36% comparison rate*)
  • 3-year fixed rate: Cut by 40 basis points to 2.19% (3.30% comparison rate*)

Flexible Home Loan (Fixed)

  • 1-year fixed rate: Cut by 20 basis points to 2.34% (4.16% comparison rate*)
  • 2-year fixed rate: Cut by 30 basis points to 2.34% (3.99% comparison rate*)
  • 3-year fixed rate: Cut by 40 basis points to 2.34% (3.84% comparison rate*)

While the rates available with ME’s Flexible Home Loan (Fixed, Member Package) are lower than with the Flexible Home Loan (Fixed), the former does come with a $395 yearly service fee. The package does also include a number of fee waivers. 

ME’s general manager for home lending, Andrew Bartolo said many customers are looking for the increased certainty of a low fixed rate for shorter periods. 

“This new offer is designed to give them the right mix of certainty and flexibility at one of the lowest rates currently in the market, for the length of time that best suits them,” he said. 

How do ME’s fixed rates stack up? 

According to our latest home loan statistics, ME Bank’s newly revamped rates all sit well below the respective fixed rate averages which are currently: 2.58% for 1-year fixed rates, 2.54% for 2-year fixed rates and 2.62% for 3-year fixed rates. 

In fact, the 2.19% fixed rates available with ME’s Member Package offer rank among the very lowest in the Mozo database. 

These cuts are part of a much wider trend in which short-term fixed rates (1, 2 and 3 years in particular) have become increasingly competitive in recent months.

Spurred on by the availability of cheap funding via the Reserve Bank’s three-year Term Funding Facility as well as comments from RBA Governor, Philip Low, that suggested low rates are here to stay, lenders have been reducing fixed rates left, right and centre. 

As a result not only are fixed home loan rates now generally lower than variable rates, borrowers even have access to fixed rates below the 2.00% mark. 

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    Basic Home Loan

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

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    2.09% p.a.
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    2.32% p.a.
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    Fixed Rate Home Loan

    Owner Occupier, Principal & Interest, LVR <80%

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    2.09% p.a.
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    2.87% p.a.
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    Special Fixed Rate Home Loan

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    1.89% p.a.
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    3.67% p.a.
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    Well Balanced Fixed

    Owner Occupier, Principal & Interest, LVR <80%

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    1.95% p.a.
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    2.02% p.a.
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