RBA interest rates stay put at 1.50% as March property season begins

The Reserve Bank has opted to keep the official cash rate steady at 1.5% in its March meeting, an outcome expected by the vast majority of economists.

In his statement, Reserve Bank Governor Philip Lowe said, "Conditions in the global economy have continued to improve over recent months. Business and consumer confidence have both picked up."

"The outlook continues to be supported by the low level of interest rates," he added.

Two major factors in the RBA’s policies for the rest of 2017 will likely be Australian house prices - which are still sky high and showing no signs of declining - as well as an expected rate rise from the US Federal Bank at their meeting on March 14 and 15.

While a US rate increase gives the RBA room to hike Australian rates without inflating the Aussie dollar and higher interest rates may decrease mortgage availability and therefore house prices, analysts are largely expecting caution from the RBA and stagnant rates for the rest of the year.

Lock up your home loan: rates on the rise

Despite the RBA keeping interest rates on hold, this is no indication that the banks will keep their rates steady. Mozo has seen a number of home loan rate hikes from banks recently. Investors in particular have had a hard couple of months, being hit with not only rate hikes, but also tightened lending criteria.

And there are likely more rate rises ahead for borrowers, so now may be the time to lock in a fixed rate mortgage. Here are the top offers around at the moment:

Best fixed rate home loan offers
  • 1 year - 3.59% - Greater Bank (comparison rate: 4.42%)
  • 2 year - 3.69% - Bank Australia  (comparison rate: 4.31%)
  • 3 year - 3.59% - Easy Street (comparison rate: 4.01%)
  • 4 year - 3.75% - BCU (comparison rate: 4.24%)
  • 5 year - 4.10% - BCU (comparison rate: 4.37%)

For borrowers who prefer variable rates, there are still some good deals on the table:

Best variable rate home loan offers

Savings hit rock bottom

Although the recent spurt of rate cuts for beleaguered savers has slowed, things still aren’t looking great for Aussies’ rainy days funds. NAB cut the interest rate on its savings account last month, which means all four big banks have now decreased rates in 2017, and the out of cycle rate cuts may continue to pummel savers in coming months.

But it’s not all doom and gloom. For those looking to build up their savings stash, there are still some decent interest rates on offer:

Best savings accounts
  • ME Online Savings Account - 3.05% (when you make a weekly Tap & Go purchase with your ME Everyday Transaction Account Debit MasterCard)AMP Bett3r Save Account - 3.00% (with a minimum deposit of $2,000 per month into linked Bett3r Pay Account)Australian Unity Active Saver - 3.00% (with a minimum deposit of $250 and no withdrawals in the month)ING DIRECT Savings Maximiser - 3.00% (when you also have an Orange Everyday and deposit $1,000 each month)RAMS Saver Account - 3.00% (with a minimum deposit of $200 and no withdrawals in the month)Newcastle Permanent Smart Saver Account - 3.00% (when you increase the account balance by $150 (excluding interest) and make no more than two withdrawals in the month)

Check out our savings account comparison table to see the rest of the deals in the market.

Unfortunately, term deposit rates are also on the decline. Rates on both short and long term offers from a number of providers have been cut in recent months, but for savers who know where to look, there are still some good offers ready to be locked in.

Best term deposits

Find other term deposit options with our term deposit search tool.

You can also take a look at the winners of our recent Mozo Experts Choice Deposit Awards to find the best of the best deals for savers, or stay up-to-date with the latest changes in the world of finance by signing up for our monthly newsletter, the Mozo Banking Roundup.

Read last month's Reserve Bank interest rates update.

Home loan comparisons on Mozo

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Last updated 15 June 2024 Important disclosures and comparison rate warning*
  • Unloan Variable

    • Owner Occupier
    • LVR <80%
    Interest rate
    5.99 % p.a.
    Variable
    Comparison rate
    5.90 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $2,995
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    Built by CommBank, the Unloan is the first home loan with an increasing discount (conditions apply) for borrowers. No application or banking fees. No monthly account keeping or early exit fees. Apply online in minutes.

  • Basic Home Loan

    • Owner Occupier
    • LVR<60%
    • Principal & Interest
    Interest rate
    6.14 % p.a.
    Variable
    Comparison rate
    6.16 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $3,043
    Go to site

    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.

  • Unloan Variable

    • Owner Occupier
    • LVR <80%
    Interest rate
    5.99 % p.a.
    Variable
    Comparison rate
    5.90 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $2,995
    Go to site

    Built by CommBank, the Unloan is the first home loan with an increasing discount (conditions apply) for borrowers. No application or banking fees. No monthly account keeping or early exit fees. Apply online in minutes.

  • Discount Variable Home Loan

    • Owner Occupier
    • LVR<70%
    Interest rate
    5.99 % p.a.
    Variable
    Comparison rate
    6.01 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $2,995
    Go to site

    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^

  • Variable Home Loan 90

    • Principal and Interest
    • LVR <90%
    Interest rate
    6.04 % p.a.
    Variable
    Comparison rate
    6.06 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $3,011
    Go to site

    Affordable home loan rate for buyers or refinancers. No monthly or ongoing fees. Option to add an offset for 0.10%. Access to savings with unlimited redraws available. Minimum 10% deposit required.

  • Fixed Rate Loan

    • Owner Occupier
    • Principal & Interest
    • LVR <80%
    Interest rate
    6.09 % p.a.
    Fixed 3 years
    Comparison rate
    6.15 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $3,027

    Additional repayments of up to $10K per fixed year. Interest rate discounts available. Waiver of $499 application fee when combined with an Orange Advantage Home Loan.

  • The Better Home Loan Special Offer

    • Owner Occupier
    • Principal & Interest
    • LVR<80%
    Interest rate
    6.14 % p.a.
    Variable
    Comparison rate
    6.14 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $3,043
    Go to site

    Enjoy a variable rate home loan with a bunch of features from Police Credit Union. Make extra repayments at any time without penalty. No monthly, annual or upfront fees. Free online redraw. Minimum 20% deposit. Qualifying criteria applies. Minimum loan amount is 200K. For new customers only. Mozo Experts Choice Home Lender Credit Union of the Year 2023.

  • Basic Home Loan

    • Owner Occupier
    • LVR<60%
    • Principal & Interest
    Interest rate
    6.14 % p.a.
    Variable
    Comparison rate
    6.16 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $3,043
    Go to site

    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.

  • Mortgage Simplifier

    • LVR<80%
    • Owner Occupier
    • Principal & Interest
    Interest rate
    6.14 % p.a.
    Variable
    Comparison rate
    6.17 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $3,043

    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.

  • Offset Home Loan

    • Owner Occupier
    • LVR<60%
    • Principal & Interest
    Interest rate
    6.14 % p.a.
    Variable
    Comparison rate
    6.39 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $3,043
    Go to site

    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.

  • Basic Home Loan

    • Fixed
    • Owner Occupier
    • Principal & Interest
    • LVR<70%
    Interest rate
    6.25 % p.a.
    Fixed 3 years
    Comparison rate
    6.20 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $3,079
    Go to site

    No upfront or ongoing fees. Free extra repayments and redraw facility. Option to earn Qantas points. Min 30% deposit required. Borrow up to $750,000.

  • Fixed Rate

    • Owner Occupier
    • Principal & Interest
    • <80% LVR
    Interest rate
    6.59 % p.a.
    Fixed 3 years
    Comparison rate
    7.06 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $3,190

    Enjoy up to $3000 cashback for eligible first home buyers and $2000 cashback for refinancers on eligible home loans with the ANZ Fixed Rate Home Loan. Get the security of repayment certainty with a competitive locked in rate. No ongoing fees to pay. Offset account on 1-year fixed loans ($10/month fee applies). Interest-only payments allowed.

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** 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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