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.

Home loan comparisons on Mozo - rates updated daily

  • Essentials Variable 80

    Owner Occupier, Principal & Interest

    3.64% p.a. variable

    3.66% p.a.

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

    • 3.64% p.a. variable

    • 3.66% p.a.

    • $520

    • $0.00

    • $0.00

    • yes - free

    • yes - free

    • no

    • 80.00%

    • $50,000

    • $2,000,000

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    Details Close

  • Select Basic Variable

    LVR<80%, Owner Occupier, Principal & Interest

    3.69% p.a. variable

    3.70% p.a.

    A competitive rate with no ongoing fees. Reduce interest by making additional payments.

    • 3.69% p.a. variable

    • 3.70% p.a.

    • $330

    • $0.00

    • $535.00

    • yes - free

    • yes - free

    • no

    • 80.00%

    • $100,000

    • $5,000,000

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Fortnightly, Monthly

    Details Close

  • Base Variable Rate Home Loan

    Owner Occupier, Principal & Interest

    3.69% p.a. variable

    3.73% p.a.

    $1,250 BONUS WITH AN ELIGIBLE NAB HOME LOAN BANKING BUNDLE*. Low ongoing rate. Free extra repayments and redraw facility. Only 5% deposit and no annual or monthly fees.

    • 3.69% p.a. variable

    • 3.73% p.a.

    • $600

    • $0.00

    • $350.00

    • yes - free

    • yes

    • no

    • 95.00%

    • $20,000

    • -

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    Details Close

  • UHomeLoan - Discount Offer

    Owner Occupier, Principal & Interest

    3.59% p.a. variable

    3.59% p.a.

    A low rate Home Loan with no bank fees on variable rate loans. Easy & fast to apply. Choose between flexible repayments and make extra repayments for free on a variable rate home loan.

    • 3.59% p.a. variable

    • 3.59% p.a.

    • $0

    • $0.00

    • $0.00

    • yes - free

    • yes

    • no

    • 80.00%

    • $200,000

    • $699,999

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    Details Close

  • Low Rate Home Loan with Offset

    LVR<80%, Owner Occupier, Principal & Interest

    3.68% p.a. variable

    3.71% p.a.

    A Low Rate Home Loan with a $0 Application Fee, Free Redraws & Extra Repayments

    • 3.68% p.a. variable

    • 3.71% p.a.

    • $286

    • $0.00

    • $300.00

    • yes - free

    • yes - free

    • yes

    • 80.00%

    • $100,000

    • $2,000,000

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    Details Close

  • Discounted Variable Home Loan

    Owner Occupier, Principal & Interest

    3.72% p.a. variable

    4.12% p.a.

    Experts Choice - Australia's Best Customer-Owned Banking & Home Lender of the Year 2018

    • 3.72% p.a. variable

    • 4.12% p.a.

    • $0

    • $395.00 yearly

    • $0.00

    • yes - free

    • yes - free

    • yes

    • 90.00%

    • $150,000

    • -

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    Details Close

  • Flexible Home Loan

    Owner Occupier, LVR<80%, Principal & Interest

    3.69% p.a. variable

    4.11% p.a.

    A flexible Home Loan with Member Package for Owner Occupiers including a low rate, redraw and offset. Annual fee $395. Experts Choice - Australia's Best Bank 2018.

    • 3.69% p.a. variable

    • 4.11% p.a.

    • $0

    • $395.00 yearly

    • $300.00

    • yes - free

    • yes - free

    • yes

    • 80.00%

    • $400,000

    • $699,999

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    Details Close

  • First Home Buyer Loan

    Up to 40 Year Term

    3.77% p.a. variable

    3.81% p.a.

    Affordable 40-year loan term. Receive assistance with applying for the first home owner grant. Borrow up to 95% of property value.

    • 3.77% p.a. variable

    • 3.81% p.a.

    • $695

    • $0.00

    • $180.00

    • yes - free

    • yes - $50

    • no

    • 95.00%

    • $150,000

    • -

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    Details Close

  • Accelerator Home Loan

    Owner Occupier, Principal & Interest, LVR<95%

    3.59% p.a.variable for 24 months and then 4.52% p.a. variable

    4.38% p.a.

    You’ll only need a 5% deposit to enter the market with this loan. Life-of-loan discount off the standard variable rate & special discounted rate for the first 2 years

    • 3.59% p.a.variable for 24 months and then 4.52% p.a. variable

    • 4.38% p.a.

    • $324

    • $0.00

    • $270.00

    • yes - free

    • yes - free

    • yes

    • 95.00%

    • $75,000

    • $5,000,000

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    Details Close

*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.

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

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