November home loan snapshot: CBA and NAB lower variable rates

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Are we about to see a widespread shift in home loan interest rates? Speculation is certainly starting to grow that the Reserve Bank may be forced to bring forward an increase to the official cash rate ahead of its 2024 forecast.

We’ll learn more about any changes to the Reserve Bank’s thinking when it meets at tomorrow’s November board meeting, but in the meantime, it's worth reflecting on where the home loan rate market stands right now.

Recent variable and fixed rate movements

After months of quiet, the big four banks seem to have started playing catch up on variable rates in recent weeks, with both the Commonwealth Bank and NAB cutting rates on basic home loan offers. They weren't alone though, as there were enough variable rate cuts from other lenders to nudge the Mozo database average down by two basis points to a new low of 3.12%. Here are some of the major changes:

  • CBA took 74bp off of its Extra Home Loan, meaning the new rate for owner occupiers (70-80% LVR) is 2.39% p.a. (2.40% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Gateway Bank cut the rate on its Green Plus Home Loan (Premium Package) by 45bp, meaning the new rate for owner occupiers (<80% LVR) is 1.89% (2.24% comparison rate*)
  • ING reduced rates on its Mortgage Simplifier loan by 25bp, meaning the new rate for owner occupiers (<80% LVR) is 2.24% p.a. (2.27% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • NAB took 40bp off of its Base Variable Rate Home, meaning the new rate for owner occupiers (<80% LVR) is 2.29% p.a. (2.33% p.a. comparison rate*)

The major banks were also among the more significant movers and shakers on the fixed rate front. Following a few recent cuts, all four big banks are now offering a 1-year fixed rate home loan with a headline rate below 2.00%. More broadly though, 1 and 2-year fixed rates continue to remain relatively stable, while 3, 4 and 5-year fixed rates are still trending higher. Here are a few of the major fixed rate changes:

  • ANZ cut the 1-year rate on its Fixed Rate (Breakfree Package) by 5bp for owner occupiers (<80% LVR) to 1.99% p.a. (3.33% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • CBA reduced the 1-year rate on its Fixed Rate Home Loan (Wealth Package) by 10bp for owner occupiers (<80% LVR) to 1.99% p.a. (4.10% p.a. comparison rate*) 
  • NAB decreased the 1-year rate on its Tailored Home Loan (Choice Package) by 10bp for owner occupiers (<80% LVR) to 1.99% p.a. (4.15% p.a. comparison rate*)

Lowest home loan rates

Those are a few of the latest changes, but how do they compare to some of the sharpest rates around? 

While we don’t track every home loan in the market, we do track over 500 home loans from more than 80 lenders in the Mozo database. So here’s a snapshot of some of the lowest home loan rates currently in the Mozo database which are available to owner occupiers (P&I repayments, <80% LVR). 

Lowest variable rates — Mozo database (November 1, 2021)^^

LenderLoanVariable rate
Reduce Home LoansSuper Saver1.88% (1.97% comparison rate*)
Tic:TocVariable Home Loan1.89% (1.90% comparison rate*)
Police Credit UnionBetter Home Loan1.89% (1.93% comparison rate*)
Gateway BankGreen Plus Home Loan1.89% (2.24% comparison rate*)
Pacific Mortgage GroupStandard Variable 1.94% (1.94% comparison rate*)

Lowest and average fixed rates — November database (November 1, 2021)^^

TermRate leaderFixed rateMozo average
1-yearGreater Bank1.59% (2.15% comparison rate*)2.27%
2-yearGreater Bank1.59% (2.10% comparison rate*)2.25%
3-yearMOVE Bank1.89% (3.14% comparison rate*)2.41%
4-yearVirgin Money2.29% (2.66% comparison rate*)2.68%
5-yearFreedomlend2.47% (2.14% comparison rate*)2.87%

It’s also worth noting that there are even lower rates available to borrowers with lower loan-to-value ratios (LVRs) - namely below the 70% and 60% LVR thresholds.

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Ready to snag a competitive rate on your mortgage? Check out some of the great fixed and variable offers in the table below, or head on offer to the Mozo home loan comparison hub to compare even more loans. 

^^Interest rates are based on an owner occupier making principal and interest repayments on a $400,000 loan with an 80% LVR. For more information on average mortgage rates, check out our dedicated Australian home loan statistics page.

Home loan comparisons on Mozo

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Last updated 22 June 2024 Important disclosures and comparison rate warning*
  • Basic Home Loan

    • Owner Occupier
    • LVR<60%
    • Principal & Interest
    Interest rate
    6.14 % p.a.
    Variable
    Comparison rate
    6.16 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $3,043
    Go to site

    Enjoy a low rate home loan with $0 application fee and $0 ongoing fees. Flexibility to split your loan and set different repayment types. Fee free redraw from your loan using online banking. Flexible ways to repay. 40% Deposit required.

  • Unloan Variable

    • Owner Occupier
    • LVR <80%
    Interest rate
    5.99 % p.a.
    Variable
    Comparison rate
    5.90 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $2,995
    Go to site

    Built by CommBank, the Unloan is the first home loan with an increasing discount (conditions apply) for borrowers. No application or banking fees. No monthly account keeping or early exit fees. Apply online in minutes.

  • Offset Home Loan

    • Owner Occupier
    • LVR<60%
    • Principal & Interest
    Interest rate
    6.14 % p.a.
    Variable
    Comparison rate
    6.39 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $3,043
    Go to site

    Ability to open up to 10 offset accounts per loan account. Fast online application. Linked Debit Mastercard® with fee-free access at ATMs across Australia. Package a credit card with your home loan and the annual card fee will be waived (T&Cs apply). 40% deposit required.

  • Unloan Variable

    • Owner Occupier
    • LVR <80%
    Interest rate
    5.99 % p.a.
    Variable
    Comparison rate
    5.90 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $2,995
    Go to site

    Built by CommBank, the Unloan is the first home loan with an increasing discount (conditions apply) for borrowers. No application or banking fees. No monthly account keeping or early exit fees. Apply online in minutes.

  • Discount Variable Home Loan

    • Owner Occupier
    • LVR<70%
    Interest rate
    5.99 % p.a.
    Variable
    Comparison rate
    6.01 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $2,995
    Go to site

    A low rate home loan for owner-occupiers packed with great features including unlimited extra repayments, free online redraw, no application or monthly admin fees. Rate will vary depending on LVR. Winner of a Mozo Experts Choice 2024 Low Cost Home Loan Award^

  • Variable Home Loan 90

    • Principal and Interest
    • LVR <90%
    Interest rate
    6.04 % p.a.
    Variable
    Comparison rate
    6.06 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $3,011
    Go to site

    Affordable home loan rate for buyers or refinancers. No monthly or ongoing fees. Option to add an offset for 0.10%. Access to savings with unlimited redraws available. Minimum 10% deposit required.

  • Fixed Rate Loan

    • Owner Occupier
    • Principal & Interest
    • LVR <80%
    Interest rate
    6.09 % p.a.
    Fixed 3 years
    Comparison rate
    6.15 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $3,027

    Additional repayments of up to $10K per fixed year. Interest rate discounts available. Waiver of $499 application fee when combined with an Orange Advantage Home Loan.

  • The Better Home Loan Special Offer

    • Owner Occupier
    • Principal & Interest
    • LVR<80%
    Interest rate
    6.14 % p.a.
    Variable
    Comparison rate
    6.14 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $3,043
    Go to site

    Enjoy a variable rate home loan with a bunch of features from Police Credit Union. Make extra repayments at any time without penalty. No monthly, annual or upfront fees. Free online redraw. Minimum 20% deposit. Qualifying criteria applies. Minimum loan amount is 200K. For new customers only. Mozo Experts Choice Home Lender Credit Union of the Year 2023.

  • Basic Home Loan

    • Owner Occupier
    • LVR<60%
    • Principal & Interest
    Interest rate
    6.14 % p.a.
    Variable
    Comparison rate
    6.16 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $3,043
    Go to site

    Enjoy a low rate home loan with $0 application fee and $0 ongoing fees. Flexibility to split your loan and set different repayment types. Fee free redraw from your loan using online banking. Flexible ways to repay. 40% Deposit required.

  • Mortgage Simplifier

    • LVR<80%
    • Owner Occupier
    • Principal & Interest
    Interest rate
    6.14 % p.a.
    Variable
    Comparison rate
    6.17 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $3,043

    Get a competitive variable rate with ING’s Mortgage Simplifier. Free extra repayments, no monthly or annual fees. Freedom to make free extra repayments or redraws.

  • Offset Home Loan

    • Owner Occupier
    • LVR<60%
    • Principal & Interest
    Interest rate
    6.14 % p.a.
    Variable
    Comparison rate
    6.39 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $3,043
    Go to site

    Ability to open up to 10 offset accounts per loan account. Fast online application. Linked Debit Mastercard® with fee-free access at ATMs across Australia. Package a credit card with your home loan and the annual card fee will be waived (T&Cs apply). 40% deposit required.

  • Basic Home Loan

    • Fixed
    • Owner Occupier
    • Principal & Interest
    • LVR<70%
    Interest rate
    6.25 % p.a.
    Fixed 3 years
    Comparison rate
    6.20 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $3,079
    Go to site

    No upfront or ongoing fees. Free extra repayments and redraw facility. Option to earn Qantas points. Min 30% deposit required. Borrow up to $750,000.

  • Offset Home Loan

    • Fixed
    • Owner Occupier
    • Principal & Interest
    • LVR <70%
    Interest rate
    6.25 % p.a.
    Fixed 3 years
    Comparison rate
    6.42 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $3,079
    Go to site

  • Fixed Rate

    • Owner Occupier
    • Principal & Interest
    • <80% LVR
    Interest rate
    6.59 % p.a.
    Fixed 3 years
    Comparison rate
    7.06 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $3,190

    Enjoy up to $3000 cashback for eligible first home buyers and $2000 cashback for refinancers on eligible home loans with the ANZ Fixed Rate Home Loan. Get the security of repayment certainty with a competitive locked in rate. No ongoing fees to pay. Offset account on 1-year fixed loans ($10/month fee applies). Interest-only payments allowed.

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* WARNING: This comparison rate applies only to the example or examples given. Different amounts and terms will result in different comparison rates. Costs such as redraw fees or early repayment fees, and cost savings such as fee waivers, are not included in the comparison rate but may influence the cost of the loan. The comparison rate displayed is for a secured loan with monthly principal and interest repayments for $150,000 over 25 years.

** Initial monthly repayment figures are estimates only, based on the advertised rate. You can change the loan amount and term in the input boxes at the top of this table. Rates, fees and charges and therefore the total cost of the loan may vary depending on your loan amount, loan term, and credit history. Actual repayments will depend on your individual circumstances and interest rate changes.

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