How low can rates go?
If you’re the proud owner of a home loan, you’re in luck because the Reserve Bank Board have cut the cash rate three times in 2019. With the cash rate at an all-time low of 0.75%, you have to wonder, how low can home loan interest rates go?
Here is a list of the variable rate cuts that have been announced for owner occupiers with principal & interest repayments.
|Lender||Rate Change||Effective Date|
|AMP||-0.15% p.a.||14 October 2019|
|ANZ||-0.14% p.a.||11 October 2019|
|Athena||-0.25% p.a.||1 October 2019|
|Bank of Melbourne||-0.15% p.a.||16 October 2019|
|Bank of Queensland||-0.10% p.a.||25 October 2019|
|BankSA||-0.15% p.a.||16 October 2019|
|Bankwest||-0.13% p.a.||16 October 2019|
|Commonwealth Bank||-0.13% p.a.||22 October 2019|
|CUA||-0.13% p.a.||29 October 2019|
|Greater Bank||-0.14% p.a.||15 October 2019|
|HSBC||-0.15% p.a.||21 October 2019|
|IMB||-0.13% p.a.||22 October 2019|
|ING||-0.15% p.a.||16 October 2019|
|loans.com.au||-0.15% p.a.||17 October 2019|
|ME||-0.15% p.a.||24 October 2019|
|NAB||-0.15% p.a.||11 October 2019|
|RAMS||-0.15% p.a.||16 October 2019|
|St.George||-0.15% p.a.||16 October 2019|
|Suncorp Bank||-0.15% p.a.||18 October 2019|
|UBank||-0.25% p.a.||29 October 2019|
|Virgin Money||-0.15% p.a.||25 October 2019|
|Westpac||-0.15% p.a.||16 October 2019|
Another rate cut is great news for borrowers! If you have a $400,000 home loan with an interest rate of 3.50% p.a. over a 30-year term and your lender decides to pass on the full rate cut, your new rate will be 3.25% p.a. Your repayments would decrease from $1,796.18 to $1,740.83. That’s a difference of $55.35 a month or $664.24 a year. You could use those extra savings to help pay down your mortgage!
If your lender has decided not to pass on the full rate cut to you or your interest rate or home loan is no longer competitive, it might be a good time to refinance with a new lender.
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