November home loan snapshot: RBA rate hike looms over Melbourne Cup.

Key Points

  • If the RBA hikes in November, home loan interest rates will rise again.
  • Lenders have been making a mixed bag of hikes and cuts. 
  • Fixed interest rates on home loans have started to climb.
Woman nervous about home loan interest rates after Cup Day in November. An RBA rate hike might happen.

Economists are placing bets for Cup Day, and odds are home loans may have a shock in November. Inflation and the weather have started to warm again headed into summer, so now there’s a greater than none chance the Reserve Bank of Australia will hike the cash rate another 25 basis points to 4.35% – another decade high. 

The last few months have been relatively quiet for home loans, though lenders have made a mixed bag of small increases and decreases depending on the mortgage. It’s been good news for buyers during spring property season, who’ve had more choice than usual and a calmer interest rate environment to buy in. Even the average variable rate for owner-occupiers in Mozo’s database hasn’t shifted more than 1 basis point in three months, hovering around 6.61% p.a. 

However, with inflation proving stickier than usual, the RBA may want to move interest rates again in November rather than wait for December – and risk angering Aussies before Christmas. Indeed, Commonwealth Bank, Westpac, and ANZ have changed their minds about when we’ll hit the peak of the rate cycle. Essentially: brace for a rate hike sooner rather than later. 

So what do home buyers need to know? Let’s get into your November home loan snapshot. 

Head to our RBA rate tracker for more information on how RBA decisions affect home loans.

Fixed rates increasing on longer terms

Avoiding the rate cycle by fixing your home loan might be tempting, but the deals are getting worse again. Most changes to fixed home loans in the Mozo database in October were increases, particularly on longer terms of 4 and 5-years. This lifted the averages for fixed terms between 1 and 3 basis points. 

If the RBA hikes in November, shorter terms may surge again as lenders readjust their rate expectations for the following year. 

At the time of writing, these are the average fixed rates for owner occupiers with an 80% LVR and a $400,000 loan:

  • 1-year: 6.39% p.a. 
  • 2-year: 6.32% p.a. 
  • 3-year: 6.27% p.a. 
  • 4-year: 6.50% p.a. 
  • 5-year: 6.50% p.a. 

Recent home loan rate movements

Small and big banks alike have shuffled their home loan offerings. Impressively, we saw some cuts from the major players, particularly on lower loan-to-value ratios (LVRs). We also saw some brand new home loans from insurance provider NRMA. 

Here are some of the highlights from October.

  • NRMA has launched a new suite of home loans starting from 5.83% p.a. (5.87% p.a. comparison rate*). Bendigo Bank backs the home loans. 
  • Bank of Queensland slashed its Economy Home Loan rates by 10 basis points for owner-occupiers with LVRs < 80%. 
  • Investors with up to 95% LVR can now access Commonwealth Bank’s Extra Home Loan. 
  • Heritage Bank and ME dropped interest rates between 10 and 16 bp on their discount and basic variable options.
  • Newcastle Permanent dropped its lowest rate offer for the Special Real Deal Home Loan. It also cut its Discounted Variable Home Loan rates by 11 bp for LVRs < 80%. 
  • NAB broke from the pack by raising rates on its Base Variable Rate Home Loan by 10 bp. 
  • Suncorp added 5 bp to two of its home loans for borrowers with LVRs between 60% and 80%. 

Current lowest home loan rates

Woman thinks about low rate home loans.

Here are the lowest variable and fixed mortgage rates (P&I, LVR <80%) among lenders we track.

Lowest variable rates — Mozo database (1 November 2023)^^

Lender
Loan
Variable rate
Pacific Mortgage Group
Standard Variable Home Loan
5.59% p.a. (5.59% p.a. comparison rate*)
Community First Bank
Basic Variable Home Loan
5.69% p.a. (5.74% p.a. comparison rate*)
Reduce Home Loans
Basic Home Loan
5.69% p.a. (5.73% p.a. comparison rate*)
The Mutual Bank
Special Budget Home Loan
5.69% p.a. (5.70% p.a. comparison rate*)

Lowest and average fixed rates — Mozo database (1 November 2023)^^

Term
Rate leader
Fixed rate
1-year
Macquarie Credit Union
5.48% p.a. (7.89% p.a. comparison rate*)
2-year
South West Slopes Credit Union
5.49% p.a. (6.18% p.a. comparison rate*)
3-year
Australian Mutual Bank
5.48% p.a. (6.10% p.a. comparison rate*)
4-year
Qudos Bank
5.84% p.a. (5.94% p.a. comparison rate*)
5-year
RACQ Bank
5.54% p.a. (6.20% p.a. comparison rate*)

The above are the lowest rates in our database for borrowers with an LVR < 80%. More competitive rates are available for borrowers with lower loan-to-value ratios.

If you’re considering buying property or refinancing your existing mortgage, use Mozo’s home loan comparison table to examine lenders side-by-side, or use our refinance calculator to see how much you could save.

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

Compare low rate home loans in the table below. 

Home loan comparisons on Mozo

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Last updated 23 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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