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

    ING

    2.59% p.a. variable

    2.62% p.a.

    $1234

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    Mortgage Simplifier

    Enjoy no ongoing monthly or annual account-keeping fees. Unlimited additional repayments. Redraw facility available. If you choose to round up your Orange Everyday, every card purchase will help to directly reduce your outstanding home loan balance.

    • 2.59% p.a. variable

    • 2.62% p.a.

    • $299

    • $0.00

    • $250.00

    • yes - free

    • yes

    • no

    • $299

    • 80.00%

    • $150,000

    • $999,999

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Fortnightly, Monthly

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Mortgage Simplifier

  • Promoted

    Macquarie

    2.19% p.a.
    fixed 2 years

    2.65% p.a.

    $1234

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    Basic Home Loan

    Flexible loan structure – create up to six loan accounts with different rate and repayment types. Free redraw from your loan using Macquarie Online.

    • 2.19% p.a.
      fixed 2 years

    • 2.65% p.a.

    • $0

    • $0.00

    • $400.00

    • yes - free

    • yes - free

    • no

    • $0

    • 70.00%

    • $150,000

    • $750,000

    • Fixed

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Monthly

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

  • Promoted

    loans.com.au

    1.99% p.a.variable for 12 months and then 2.57% p.a. variable

    2.55% p.a.

    $1234

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    Smart Booster 1 Year Discount Variable Home Loan

    A super low introductory rate home loan with no monthly or ongoing fees. Unlimited free redraws and unlimited additional repayments to help you build your equity and own your home sooner. Multiple loan splits available. (Rates revert after introductory period ends).

    • 1.99% p.a.variable for 12 months and then 2.57% p.a. variable

    • 2.55% p.a.

    • $520

    • $0.00

    • $0.00

    • yes - free

    • yes - free

    • no

    • $520

    • 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 Booster 1 Year Discount Variable Home Loan

  • Promoted

    UBank

    2.14% p.a.
    fixed 3 years

    2.41% p.a.

    $1234

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    UHomeLoan

    $0 fees and easy application with the Mozo Experts Choice Home Lender Bank of the Year.^ Choose between weekly, fortnightly or monthly repayments. 3 year fixed rates are for new Owner Occupier Principal & Interest loans.

    • 2.14% p.a.
      fixed 3 years

    • 2.41% p.a.

    • $395

    • $0.00

    • $0.00

    • yes - free up to $20,000 p.a.

    • no

    • no

    • $395

    • 80.00%

    • $100,000

    • $2,000,000

    • Fixed

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the UHomeLoan

  • Promoted

    Homestar

    2.29% p.a. variable

    2.32% p.a.

    $1234

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    Star Essentials Home Loan

    Low Cost Home Loan 2020 winner.^ A home loan packed with all the essentials and offering up to $1500 cashback and no ongoing fees. No Construction loans.

    • 2.29% p.a. variable

    • 2.32% p.a.

    • $515

    • $0.00

    • $535.00

    • yes - free

    • yes - free

    • no

    • $515

    • 80.00%

    • $150,000

    • $850,000

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    • Refinances receive up to $1,500 cashback or upfront fees waived on purchases for applications received by 30 September 2020 and settled by 31 December 2020.

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

  • Promoted

    Hot Deal $2,500 cashback when you refinance your home loan to BOQ (T&Cs apply)

    Bank of Queensland

    2.29% p.a.
    fixed 2 years

    3.52% p.a.

    $1234

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    Discount Fixed Rate

    Have the certainty of fixed repayments with a competitive rate from BOQ. Flexible repayment options available and make up to $5,000 in additional repayments annually. $2,500 cashback when you refinance your home loan to BOQ (min. $250k lending, max 70% LVR, T&Cs apply).

    • 2.29% p.a.
      fixed 2 years

    • 3.52% p.a.

    • $450

    • $10.00 monthly

    • $350.00

    • yes - free up to $5,000 p.a

    • no

    • no

    • $450

    • 80.00%

    • $150,000

    • -

    • Fixed

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    • $2,500 cashback when you refinance your home loan to BOQ, min $250,000, 80% LVR or less. Apply before 26 September 2020, settle by 31 October 2020.

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

  • Promoted

    HSBC

    2.09% p.a.
    fixed 2 years

    2.98% p.a.

    $1234

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    Fixed Rate Home Loan

    Have the security of a fixed rate for 2 years with the option to split with one of the HSBC variable Home Loans. No ongoing monthly service fees or annual fees. Mozo Experts Choice Fixed Home Loan 2020^

    • 2.09% p.a.
      fixed 2 years

    • 2.98% p.a.

    • $0

    • $0.00

    • $300.00

    • yes - free up to $10,000 p.a.

    • no

    • no

    • $0

    • 80.00%

    • $50,000

    • $7,500,000

    • Fixed

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Fixed Rate Home Loan

  • Promoted

    Athena

    2.54% p.a. variableApply now to get this rate from 30 Sep

    2.46% p.a.Apply now to get this rate from 30 Sep

    $1234

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    Liberate Variable Home Loan

    Fast online application with no fees. Free extra repayments and redraw facility. Min 20% deposit. To reward borrowers for paying down their home loan, Athena will now automatically lower the rate as the loan is paid down. Crowned Best New Home Loan for 2020 by the Mozo Experts.^

    • 2.54% p.a. variableApply now to get this rate from 30 Sep

    • 2.46% p.a.Apply now to get this rate from 30 Sep

    • $0

    • $0.00

    • $0.00

    • yes - free

    • yes - free

    • no

    • $0

    • 80.00%

    • $100,000

    • $2,000,000

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

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

  • Promoted

    ING

    2.19% p.a.
    fixed 2 years

    3.79% p.a.

    $1234

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    Fixed Rate Loan Orange Advantage

    Know exactly what your repayments will be, and you can fix your rate for up to 5 years. No monthly, annual or transaction fees and it's free to make extra repayments.

    • 2.19% p.a.
      fixed 2 years

    • 3.79% p.a.

    • $299

    • $0.00

    • $250.00

    • yes - free up to $10,000 pa

    • no

    • no

    • $299

    • 95.00%

    • $50,000

    • $2,000,000

    • Fixed

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Fortnightly, Monthly

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Fixed Rate Loan

  • Promoted

    Newcastle Permanent

    2.18% p.a.
    fixed 2 years

    3.72% p.a.

    $1234

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    Special Fixed Rate Home Loan Premium Plus Package

    No ongoing fees. Ability to split your loan between fixed and variable. $2,000 cashback offer for investor & owner occupied home loans over $250k with LVR ≤80% when refinancing to Newcastle Permanent. Limited time offer, T&Cs apply.

    • 2.18% p.a.
      fixed 2 years

    • 3.72% p.a.

    • $0

    • $395.00 yearly

    • $0.00

    • yes - free up to $25,000 p.a.

    • yes - free

    • no

    • $0

    • 80.00%

    • $5,000

    • -

    • Fixed

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    • $2,000 cashback when you refinance your home loan from another financial institution when you apply by 30 November 2020, min $250k, LVR <80%

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

*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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