This week in banking - Is now the best time to refinance?

In this week’s banking recap, we look at fintech, energy, and the latest reductions made to home loans in the wake of the RBA rate cut.

Aussies flock to smaller lenders post-RBA rate cut

Following the RBA rate cut of last week, we’ve seen 34 lenders make cuts, with 21 of those generously passing on the full 0.25% to their variable home loan customers. All of a sudden, we were looking at rates in the 3.30% range and below from lenders like Athena, Homestar and Reduce Home Loans. So if you’re thinking about refinancing, now is the perfect time.

Reduce Home Loans unveils lowest rate on the market

Reduce Home Loans has emerged as one of the more interesting lenders post-rate cut. Recently, its new Low Rider Home Loan

 stunned us with it’s 3.09% p.a. variable rate (3.12% p.a. comparison rate*), currently the lowest variable rate on the market.

There is a catch, however. The LVR on the Low Rider Home Loan is 60%, meaning you’ll need to have saved at least 40% of a property’s value to put down as a deposit. That limits this offer to only the most dedicated savers and high income earners.

On top of the fantastic rate, owner occupiers will also be spoilt for features. You’ll be able to choose between weekly, fortnightly and monthly repayments, make free extra repayments, and take advantage of an offset account and redraw facility. 

Savings account cuts already underway

Of course, the downside to all this is that rates for deposits are also set to drop. Already we’ve seen 13 providers make reductions to their range of savings accounts since the RBA’s decision. While the outlook isn’t particularly great for savers at the moment, there are still some worthwhile rates out there, so it pays to shop around.

Aussie energy habits cost the country $7.7 billion

The Energy Efficiency Council has found that Australians’ energy-wasting habits are costing households and businesses $7.7 billion each year, not to mention jeopardising our chances of meeting our 2030 emissions goal.

Just as troubling, an analysis of 25 of the largest energy consuming countries revealed Australia was the worst offender among developed nations.

“Energy efficiency is the single, most powerful tool we have to cut energy bills, improve energy security and address climate change,” said CEO of the Energy Efficiency Council, Luke Menzel.

“If Australia replicated best practice from places like the United States, Germany, Japan and China it would be a game changer for energy affordability and the economy.”

Open banking to pave the way for neobanks

Open banking is set to be rolled out in only a few weeks’ time, and it’s slated to be a game changer for neobanks. By providing customers with greater access to their own data, open banking will make it much easier to switch between banks and take advantage of better rates.

Executive Board Director and Co-Founder of Xinja, Van Le said the technology will herald a new era in banking.

“Open banking is the first cab off the rank in the open data movement, which marks a shift of control of personal data away from corporates, to the consumer - in a climate where there is an expectation that corporates - in this case banks - need to show they will use customer data in the interests of the customers, not just themselves.”

If you’d like to read more about the latest developments in financial technology, be sure to check out our fintech hub. And if you’re looking to make the switch to a lower rate home loan in light of all the cuts, head over to our home loan comparison page for a look at some enticing options.

Home loan comparisons on Mozo - last updated 25 May 2024

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  • Basic Home Loan

    Owner Occupier, LVR<60%, Principal & Interest

    variable rate
    comparison rate
    Initial monthly repayment
    6.14% p.a.
    6.16% p.a.

    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.

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  • Discount Variable Home Loan

    Owner Occupier, LVR<70%

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    5.99% p.a.
    6.01% p.a.

    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^

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  • Elevate

    Owner Occupier, Principal & Interest, <80% LVR

    variable rate
    comparison rate
    Initial monthly repayment
    6.09% p.a.
    6.20% p.a.

    Get competitive rates on loan terms of 5 to 30 years with the Aussie Elevate Home Loan. Structure your loan with up to five splits. Make additional repayments (T&Cs apply). Offset accounts available. Unlimited redraw using your online banking account. Choose from weekly, fortnightly or monthly payments For loan amounts from $10,000 to $5 million.

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  • Mortgage Simplifier

    LVR<80%, Owner Occupier, Principal & Interest

    variable rate
    comparison rate
    Initial monthly repayment
    6.14% p.a.
    6.17% p.a.

    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.

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  • Offset Home Loan

    Package, Owner Occupier, LVR<60%, Principal & Interest

    variable rate
    comparison rate
    Initial monthly repayment
    6.14% p.a.
    6.39% p.a.

    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.

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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.


* 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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