Why home loan rates are going up

Kelly Emmerton

02 Jul 2018

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  • Lenders start hiking home loan rates, big banks predicted to follow

  • Switching to the lowest home loan rate could save hundreds each month

The Reserve Bank is expected to keep the cash rate on hold again today, but mortgage lenders are bumping up rates for Aussie borrowers anyway and the big banks are expected to follow.

The rate rises reflect the rising cost of funding for Aussie banks, with smaller lenders such as ING, Bank of Queensland and ME among the first to cave in and pass costs along to customers.

“Borrowers need to prepare for more rate rises in coming months, with the nation's big banks unlikely to be able to absorb increased overseas funding costs for much longer,” says Mozo Director Kirsty Lamont.

“One of the best ways to avoid rate hike pain is to refinance to a cheaper home loan now. Switching from the average home loan rate to the lowest rate in Mozo’s database could mean a yearly saving of $2,100. And having those extra funds available could make a huge difference to your budget,” says Lamont^.

Get started by comparing low rate home loans in the table below.

Low Rate Home Loans - July 2018 - rates updated daily

  • Promoted

    loans.com.au

    3.03% p.a. variable

    3.05% p.a.

    $1234

    Product details Close details
    Smart Home Loan

    A low-rate home loan that could save you thousands. No application or ongoing fees. Unlimited additional repayments. Unlimited free redraws with no minimum redraw amount, Limited time only.

    • 3.03% p.a. variable

    • 3.05% p.a.

    • $520

    • $0.00

    • $0.00

    • yes - free

    • yes - free

    • no

    • 80.00%

    • $50,000

    • $1,000,000

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

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

  • Promoted

    UBank

    3.09% p.a. variable

    3.09% p.a.

    $1234

    Product details Close details
    UHomeLoan - Discount Offer

    One of Australia's leading digital banks. Easy & fast to apply. Free redraw with flexible repayments. Min. 20% deposit required. Low rate and no bank fees (on variable loans). Winner of a Mozo Experts Choice Award 2019 in the Low Cost Home Loan category.^

    • 3.09% p.a. variable

    • 3.09% p.a.

    • $0

    • $0.00

    • $0.00

    • yes - free

    • yes - free

    • no

    • 80.00%

    • $200,000

    • -

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the UHomeLoan - Discount Offer

  • Promoted

    Athena

    3.09% p.a. variable

    3.05% p.a.

    $1234

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    Variable Home Loan

    Low rates, no fees, and automatic rate match. New-comer Athena wants you to love them and leave them. Refinance only. Minimum 20% deposit.

    • 3.09% p.a. variable

    • 3.05% p.a.

    • $0

    • $0.00

    • $0.00

    • yes - free

    • yes - free

    • no

    • 80.00%

    • $100,000

    • $2,000,000

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

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

  • Promoted

    ANZ

    3.38% p.a. variable

    3.42% p.a.

    $1234

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    Simplicity PLUS Special Offer LVR <80%

    Competitive low rate. No upfront or monthly fees. Flexibility to make extra repayments and redraw. Minimum 20% deposit required.

    • 3.38% p.a. variable

    • 3.42% p.a.

    • $0

    • $0.00

    • $160.00

    • yes - free

    • yes

    • no

    • 80.00%

    • $50,000

    • -

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Simplicity PLUS Special Offer LVR <80%

  • Promoted

    Homestar

    2.99% p.a. variable

    3.02% p.a.

    $1234

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    Star Essentials Home Loan

    One of the lowest home loan rate in town packed with essential features. No application or ongoing fees. Unlimited additional repayments with free online redraws. Min. loan size $150k, no construction loan.

    • 2.99% p.a. variable

    • 3.02% p.a.

    • $596

    • $0.00

    • $535.00

    • yes - free

    • yes - free

    • no

    • 80.00%

    • $150,000

    • $850,000

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Star Essentials Home Loan

  • Promoted

    Bank of Queensland

    2.99% p.a.
    fixed 3 years

    3.79% p.a.

    $1234

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    Discount Fixed Rate 300k+

    Minimum loan amount of $300k. 20% deposit needed. Free additional repayments up to $5,000 per year.

    • 2.99% p.a.
      fixed 3 years

    • 3.79% p.a.

    • $450

    • $10.00 monthly

    • $320.00

    • yes - free up to $5,000 p.a

    • no

    • no

    • 80.00%

    • $300,000

    • -

    • Fixed

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Discount Fixed Rate 300k+

  • Promoted

    Bank Australia

    3.35% p.a. variable

    3.36% p.a.

    $1234

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    Basic Home Loan Special

    One of Australia's most ethical banks. Competitive interest rate. Option to fix full loan or split between fixed and variable. Enjoy flexibility & to redraw on your loan. No establishment fee on variable interest rate owner occupier products for a limited time. Winner of a Mozo Experts Choice Award for Australia's Best Customer Owned Bank of 2019.^

    • 3.35% p.a. variable

    • 3.36% p.a.

    • $0

    • $0.00

    • $250.00

    • yes - free

    • yes - free

    • no

    • 80.00%

    • $10,000

    • -

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

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

  • Promoted

    Well Home Loans

    2.97% p.a. variable

    3.00% p.a.

    $1234

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    Well Balanced

    Well Balanced home loan is a low rate home loan with free online redraw and no valuation fee. Purchase, Refinance or Equity Release purposes allowed. Best New Home Loan in Mozo Experts Choice Awards 2019.^

    • 2.97% p.a. variable

    • 3.00% p.a.

    • $785

    • $0.00

    • $300.00

    • yes - free

    • yes - free

    • Optional - $10 per month

    • 80.00%

    • $200,000

    • $2,000,000

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Well Balanced

*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 the amount and term you entered.

**Initial monthly repayment figures are estimates only, based on the advertised rate, and a loan of $500,000 repaid over 25 years. 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.

^Based on a $300,000 variable rate, principal and interest home loan over 25 years. Average variable rate 4.35%.

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