ME hikes home loan interest rates: does this mark the end of super low rates?

Kelly Emmerton

19 Apr 2018

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Online lender ME has announced it is increasing home loan interest rates across its variable mortgage range effective today, citing increased funding costs as the reason - and it’s not the first to do so.

ME hiked its standard variable rate for existing owner-occupier principal-and-interest borrowers with an 80% LVR by 6 basis points, bringing it to 5.09% p.a. (5.11% comparison rate).

Existing investor principal-and-interest borrowers were hit with a bigger increase of 11 basis points, while interest-only borrowers saw the biggest increase of 16 basis points.

ME home loan rate changes - April 2018

                            

ME CEO Jamie McPhee said higher funding costs and an increase in regulatory requirements were the main reasons for the rate changes.

“Funding costs have been steadily increasing over the last few months primarily due to rising US interest rates that have flowed through to higher short-term interest rates in Australia,” he said.

“At the same time, industry reforms and increasing regulatory obligations are increasing our compliance costs.”

The move from ME follows a similar change from Suncorp in March, when it raised home loan rates by as much as 12 basis points, also citing funding pressure as the main reason.

“Funding costs have been steadily rising since the end of October. This has been driven by the outlook for US interest rates, as well as domestic factors,” said Suncorp Banking & Wealth CEO David Carter.

Mozo Data Manager Peter Marshall has been expecting funding pressures to result in more rate rises for a while now, and said borrowers can expect even more rate hikes to come.

“With the cost of finding overseas funding on the rise, I think a number of banks are going to start nudging their home loan rates up over the coming months,” he said.

“We’ve been in an incredibly low rate environment for a long time now - there hasn’t been an RBA rate rise since November 2010. But the RBA has flagged its intentions to start raising the cash rate, and the US Fed have already started raising rates, so Australia’s rock bottom borrowing rates can’t last forever.”

So if you’re borrowing or refinancing your existing mortgage, now’s the time to look around for a low rate option and maybe even to lock in a fixed rate. To get you started, check out some hot fixed rate home loan options below.

Hot fixed rate home loans 2018

Rates updated daily. Advertiser disclosure.

  • loans.com.au

    1.99% p.a.
    fixed 3 years

    2.70% p.a.

    $1234

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    Special Offer Fixed Rate Home Loan

    Owner Occupier, Principal & Interest

    1.99% p.a.
    fixed 3 years

    2.70% p.a.

    Limited time 3 Year Fixed Rate Special Offer for purchase or refinance. Rate lock option available. No monthly or ongoing fees.

    Special Offer Fixed Rate Home Loan

    Limited time 3 Year Fixed Rate Special Offer for purchase or refinance. Rate lock option available. No monthly or ongoing fees.

    • 1.99% p.a.
      fixed 3 years

    • 2.70% p.a.

    • $520

    • $0.00

    • $0.00

    • yes - free up to $10,000 p.a.

    • no

    • no

    • $520

    • 80.00%

    • $50,000

    • $1,000,000

    • Fixed

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Special Offer Fixed Rate Home Loan

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  • UBank
    Mozo Expert Choice Badge

    1.75% p.a.
    fixed 3 years

    2.22% p.a.

    $1234

    Product details Close details
    UHomeLoan

    Owner Occupier, Principal & Interest

    1.75% p.a.
    fixed 3 years

    2.22% p.a.

    $0 fees and easy application with the Mozo Experts Choice Home Lender Bank of the Year.^ Choose between weekly, fortnightly or monthly repayments. 3 year fixed rates are for new Owner Occupier Principal & Interest loans.

    UHomeLoan

    $0 fees and easy application with the Mozo Experts Choice Home Lender Bank of the Year.^ Choose between weekly, fortnightly or monthly repayments. 3 year fixed rates are for new Owner Occupier Principal & Interest loans.

    • 1.75% p.a.
      fixed 3 years

    • 2.22% p.a.

    • $395

    • $0.00

    • $0.00

    • yes - free up to $20,000 p.a.

    • no

    • no

    • $395

    • 80.00%

    • $100,000

    • $2,000,000

    • Fixed

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    • $395 Establishment fee waived for fixed rate loans that settle by 31 March 2020. Receive 1.75% Receive 1.75% 3 year fixed rate when you apply by 26 February 2021 and settle within 90 days.

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the UHomeLoan

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  • Macquarie

    2.19% p.a.
    fixed 3 years

    2.53% p.a.

    $1234

    Product details Close details
    Basic Home Loan

    Fixed, Owner Occupier, Principal & Interest, LVR 70-80%

    2.19% p.a.
    fixed 3 years

    2.53% 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.

    • 2.19% p.a.
      fixed 3 years

    • 2.53% p.a.

    • $0

    • $0.00

    • $400.00

    • yes - free

    • yes - free

    • no

    • $0

    • 80.00%

    • $150,000

    • $750,000

    • Fixed

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Monthly

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

    Details Close

  • Suncorp

    2.19% p.a.
    fixed 3 years

    3.03% p.a.

    $1234

    Product details Close details
    Fixed Home Loan Special Offer Home Package Plus

    Owner Occupier, Principal & Interest

    2.19% p.a.
    fixed 3 years

    3.03% p.a.

    No monthly account keeping fees & No loan establishment fee. Get up to $3,000 cash bonus when you refinance with an eligible Suncorp Bank Home Loan. T&Cs & eligibility criteria apply.

    Fixed Home Loan Special Offer Home Package Plus

    No monthly account keeping fees & No loan establishment fee. Get up to $3,000 cash bonus when you refinance with an eligible Suncorp Bank Home Loan. T&Cs & eligibility criteria apply.

    • 2.19% p.a.
      fixed 3 years

    • 3.03% p.a.

    • $0

    • $375.00 yearly

    • $350.00

    • yes - free up to $500 per month

    • no

    • no

    • $0

    • 90.00%

    • $150,000

    • -

    • Fixed

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Fixed Home Loan Special Offer

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  • Bank of Queensland

    1.99% p.a.
    fixed 4 years

    2.90% p.a.

    $1234

    Product details Close details
    Discount Fixed Rate

    Owner Occupier, Principal & Interest, <80% LVR

    1.99% p.a.
    fixed 4 years

    2.90% p.a.

    Have the certainty of fixed repayments with a competitive rate from BOQ. Flexible repayment options available and make up to $5,000 in additional repayments annually. $3,000 cashback when you refinance your home loan to BOQ (min. $250k lending, max 80% LVR, T&Cs apply).

    Discount Fixed Rate

    Have the certainty of fixed repayments with a competitive rate from BOQ. Flexible repayment options available and make up to $5,000 in additional repayments annually. $3,000 cashback when you refinance your home loan to BOQ (min. $250k lending, max 80% LVR, T&Cs apply).

    • 1.99% p.a.
      fixed 4 years

    • 2.90% p.a.

    • $450

    • $10.00 monthly

    • $350.00

    • yes - free up to $5,000 p.a

    • no

    • no

    • $450

    • 80.00%

    • $150,000

    • -

    • Fixed

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    • $3,000 cashback when you refinance your home loan to BOQ, min $250,000, 80% LVR or less. Apply before 26 February 2021, settle by 28 May 2021.

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Discount Fixed Rate

    Details Close

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