Silence from the big four as competitor banks cut fixed mortgage rates

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Several lenders including ING Direct, Macquarie and Bankwest cut fixed home loan rates on principal and interest loans for owner occupiers in June.

According to Mozo’s June Banking Roundup, none of the major banks moved fixed rates during the month, while Bankwest and Macquarie shaved 31 and 25 basis points off their three year fixed mortgage rates, now at 3.78% and 3.99% respectively. ING Direct also cut its three year rates by 20bp to 3.79% and five year rates by 10 basis points to 4.19%.

Several lenders also cut 2 year fixed rates including Bank Australia, Greater Bank, ME, People’s Choice Credit Union, QT Mutual Bank and Select Encompass.

With former RBA board member, John Edwards predicting that Aussies could see eight cash rate hikes in 24 months, borrowers may be tempted to fix their mortgage now.

Peter Marshall, Mozo’s Product Data Manager has urged homeowners to consider their options carefully, saying there’s no way of knowing whether mortgages will climb that high.

“I’ve been hearing mixed opinions on whether the Reserve Bank will raise rates on a scale that Edwards has tipped.  On the other side of the coin, investment firm JP Morgan actually suggested that an upcoming rate cut is possible,” he said.

“Sometimes you’re better off just taking in these opinions with a grain of salt and instead looking at your personal situation. If you want consistent loan repayments over a set period of time then think about moving to a fixed rate or splitting part or all of your loan so that you will have a buffer if rates do rise.”

For homeowners in the refinancing market (or those who simply need new fixed rate loan), there are plenty of low rate fixed options out there.

Lowest fixed rates (owner occupiers):

- 1 year: 3.59% (4.48% comparison rate), Greater Bank

- 2 years: 3.69% (4.61% comparison rate), NAB

- 3 years: 3.59% (4.01% comparison rate), Easy Street

- 4 years: 4.04% (3.73% comparison rate), Homestar

- 5 years: 3.89% (4.18% comparison rate), Greater Bank

*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.

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