ME cuts both variable and fixed home loan rates

By Polly Fleeting ·

Thought there wouldn’t be any more rate cuts this February? Think again. 

On Tuesday, ME Bank cut its home loan rates by up to 19 basis points for borrowers making principal and interest repayments. 

The cuts come before another potential cut to the Reserve Bank of Australia’s official cash rate in the coming months, however, it is not out of suit as other lenders across Mozo’s database have also made cuts to existing loans and introduced new lower mortgage rates recently

ME has reduced its Flexible Home Loan (Member Package) variable rates for both owner occupiers and investors with LVRs of 80% or lower. 

Here’s a rundown of the changes made for owner occupiers: 

Loan AmountNew Variable RateNew Comparison Rate*
Change
$400k - $700k3.09%3.48%*-0.10%
$700k +3.04%3.53%*-0.10%

Changes made for investors: 

Loan AmountNew Variable RateNew Comparison Rate*Change
$400k - $700k3.38%3.81%*-0.15%
$700k +3.38%3.81%*-0.10%

Plus, ME also made changes to its Fixed Rate Flexible Home Loan (Member Package) but only on its investor option for borrowers with an LVR of 90% or less. 

Fixed TermNew Fixed RateNew Comparison Rate*Change
3 Years3.09%3.97%*-0.19%


Which other lenders have cut home loan rates in February 2020? Here’s a roundup… 

ME isn’t alone in dropping new mortgage rates this month, as other lenders like HSBC, loans.com.au, Homestar and even CommBank have all come out with lower rates in the past few weeks. 

  • The first cab off the rank this month was no other than CommBank who slashed fixed home loan rates. The bank dropped rates for its Fixed Home Loan by up to 0.30% for owner occupiers and 0.50% for investors, now offering its lowest non-packaged fixed rate of 3.14% (4.51% comparison rate*) for a 1 year term for owner occupiers making principal and interest repayments. 
  • HSBC cut its discounted Home Value Loan to a low 2.90% (2.91% comparison rate*). The offer is only available to new customers that have a deposit of at least 20% (given they apply by 30 April, 2020). 
  • Loans.com.au introduced a new home loan product - the Smart Home Loan 75 - with a fresh variable rate of 2.78% (2.80% comparison rate*). The catch is, you must have an LVR of 75% or lower to qualify for the loan. 
  • Homestar also joined the party with its new Star Gold Home Loan that comes with a shiny low rate of 2.69% (2.72% comparison rate*). This loan is designed for borrowers with a deposit or equity of at least 40%, making it a great option for refinancers. 

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