Get your own home loan rate cut this November

Adam Smith 28 October 2016

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Hopes of a Melbourne Cup Day rate cut are fading, but rock-bottom home loan rates are still available - here's where to look.

It’s a lineball call whether the Reserve Bank of Australia will cut the official cash rate at its meeting next week, with low inflation offset by above-trend growth.

Consumer Price Index (CPI) figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show inflation edged up only 0.3% for the quarter, to sit at 1.3%. The figure is well below the RBA’s 2-3% target band. But with GDP growth sitting above trend, a cut when the RBA meets next Tuesday is far from certain. Futures markets are pricing in only a 0.6% chance, and the widely held belief that cuts are often "sneaked in" on Melbourne Cup day isn't backed by the evidence.

The relationship between official rates cuts and what borrowers get charged is also far from perfect. When the RBA last cut rates back in August, very few banks passed on the cut in full.

This doesn’t mean borrowers should despair, however. Borrowing rates remain at historic lows, and good deals for potential home owners abound. But to get the best deal for you, you'll need to look beyond your existing provider and make sure you consider every aspect of the loan. As well as the basic rate, consider fees, limitations on how much of a deposit you'll need and whether you'll have the flexibility to make extra payments or redraw funds.

Take that approach and you'll potentially be better off no matter what happens with official rates. Here's a hand-picked selection of a few of the best current offers in finder's home loan database to consider during your search.

HSBC Home Value Loan

This basic loan comes with features such as a redraw facility and flexible repayment options, but doesn’t carry fees that can make some variable rate loans less affordable. Its high loan-to-value ratio (LVR) of 90% means it’s a good choice for first home buyers.

Greater Bank Ultimate Fixed Rate Loan

If rates are at the bottom of the cycle, as some economists suggest, locking in a competitive rate now could safeguard you from rate hikes in the future. Greater Bank’s Ultimate Fixed Rate Loan features a discounted one-year fixed rate of only 3.59%, as well as a high maximum LVR of 85%.

loans.com.au Essentials Home Loan

This no-frills home loan offers a rock-bottom 3.39% variable rate, as well as a redraw facility. It eschews some of the features you may not need, and has no application or ongoing fees.

NAB Choice Package Fixed Rate

By bundling a competitive fixed rate home loan with other products such as credit cards, insurance and savings accounts, you’ll be eligible for interest rate discounts and waived fees. NAB is also offering 250,000 Velocity Frequent Flyer points for customers who draw down on a new NAB home loan before 31 December 2016 and make NAB their main bank.

Newcastle Permanent Premium Plus Package

This package loan carries a low variable rate, and offers an additional 0.53% discount to new customers with loans above $150,000. It has a high maximum LVR of 95%, and offers a 100% offset account.

You can compare more current home loan offers in the table below, and use the built-in calculator to find out how much you'll pay each month for your chosen loan amount.

Rates last updated December 17th, 2017
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Name Product Interest Rate (p.a.) Comp Rate^ (p.a.) Application Fee Ongoing Fees Max LVR Monthly Payment Short Description
3.64%
3.66%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
A basic home loan with a competitive rate and low fees.
3.69%
4.86%
$0
$395 p.a.
90%
A special rate for first home buyers buying residential property and borrowing over $150K. 350K NAB Rewards Points offer available. Terms and conditions apply.
3.58%
3.59%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
A competitive variable rate product with low fees offered by a 100% online lender.
3.62%
3.62%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
A discounted, competitive variable rate loan with limited fees.
3.64%
3.67%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
A home loan with a competitive variable rate, limited fees and plenty of flexibility.
3.64%
3.67%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
A low rate home loan with no ongoing fees.
3.54%
3.56%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
For new home buyers only. No refinance option. A low interest variable home loan with no application fee and free redraws. Offer ends 2 January.
3.65%
3.66%
$0
$0 p.a.
90%
A competitive variable rate home loan with no application fee.
3.69%
3.69%
$0
$0 p.a.
90%
A special limited time offer for owner occupiers. An IMB Transaction Account must be opened with this loan.
3.74%
3.74%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
Pay no application fee or ongoing fees with this loan.
3.68%
3.83%
$0
$10 monthly ($120 p.a.)
80%
A low interest rate home loan that allows borrowers to borrow up to 80% of the property value.
3.78%
3.78%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
A basic low-rate home loan that still offers some useful features.
3.69%
4.01%
$0
$299 p.a.
95%
A loan with no application fee and borrow up to 95% LVR.
4.09%
4.11%
$0
$0 p.a.
90%
Access a fee-free offset account and a special interest rate for investors.
3.74%
4.15%
$0
$395 p.a.
80%
Enjoy a discount of a competitive interest rate and 100% offset account.
4.14%
4.14%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
An investment home loan with competitive rate and 100% offset account.
4.39%
4.42%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
An interest-only loan for investors. Access equity to further your investment opportunities.
3.65%
4.84%
$0
$395 p.a.
90%
A 2 years fixed platinum package that has $0 application and a loan redraw facility.
4.34%
4.87%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
Lock in a low 2-year fixed rate with this interest-only investment loan.
3.69%
4.15%
$395
$0 p.a.
80%
A one year fixed rate offer with no ongoing bank fees.
3.99%
4.00%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
A low-fee variable rate investor loan with a fast online application process.
3.71%
3.74%
$600
$0 p.a.
80%
A maximum 80% LVR home loan with no ongoing service fees and a linked transaction account.
3.65%
4.19%
$500
$0 p.a.
95%
Get a discounted fixed interest rate for the first 12 months while you settle into your new loan.
4.64%
4.01%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
Enjoy a fast application process and flexible repayment options with this fixed rate investment loan.
3.64%
4.03%
$0
$395 p.a.
80%
Apply for a new owner occupier loan or refinance from another lender and receive this discounted rate.
4.79%
5.44%
$0
$395 p.a.
90%
Package your 4-year fixed rate investment loan and pay no application fees.
4.09%
4.11%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
Pay no application fee on this low variable rate investment home loan.
3.79%
4.11%
$0
$299 p.a.
80%
A fully featured home loan with an offset account and discounts available.
3.96%
3.98%
$0
$0 p.a.
90%
Take advantage of a redraw facility, competitive variable rate and no application or settlement fees for a limited time.
3.72%
3.74%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
Take advantage of a 100% offset account along with no annual or application fees.
3.95%
4.99%
$300
$10 p.a.
95%
A flexible, competitive fixed rate loan that allows for extra repayments.
3.94%
4.88%
$0
$0 p.a.
90%
Enjoy a low interest rate and borrow up to 90% (with LMI) of your property's value.
3.73%
3.73%
$0
$0 p.a.
70%
A special low variable rate for owner occupiers with 100% offset account and no application or ongoing fees.
3.85%
4.18%
$500
$0 p.a.
95%
Apply for Easy Street fixed rate home loans and get a competitive loan with a fixed interest rate.
3.88%
4.89%
$0
$395 p.a.
95%
A fixed rate package with flexible repayment options. 350K NAB Rewards Points offer available. Terms and conditions apply.
3.97%
4.02%
$445
$0 p.a.
90%
Get a competitive rate without features you may not use.
3.99%
3.99%
$395
$0 p.a.
80%
A flexible low-rate variable home loan that lets you combine your loan with other financial products.
4.09%
4.11%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
A low variable rate loan with no application or ongoing fees.
3.97%
3.97%
$0
$0 p.a.
90%
A competitive variable rate home loan with no ongoing fees.
3.72%
4.19%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
Enjoy a variable 3 year introductory rate with the Bankwest Equaliser Home Loan.
3.84%
4.83%
$0
$0 p.a.
95%
Get a competitive 2-year fixed rate with no application or ongoing fees.
3.74%
3.74%
$0
$0 p.a.
95%
A low rate home loan with no application or ongoing fees. Loan comes with 1 year of free home and contents insurance. Note that to be eligible for this loan you must be QLD resident.
4.09%
4.25%
$300
$10 monthly ($120 p.a.)
80%
Get a competitive investment home loan rate without expensive features you may not need.
3.99%
4.02%
$600
$0 p.a.
90%
Take advantage of a 0.60% discount on your rate, a 100% offset account and no ongoing fees.
3.99%
4.77%
$0
$0 p.a.
95%
A competitive 3 year fixed rate with a redraw facility and split loan options, plus no application fee.
3.68%
3.69%
$0
$0 p.a.
95%
A no frills loan with a competitive rate and a maximum LVR of 95%.
3.64%
3.78%
$0
$10 monthly ($120 p.a.)
80%
A competitive variable rate home loan with flexible features. You can earn 30,000 Velocity Points for every $100k you borrow (for a limited time, subject to eligibility requirements).
3.87%
3.92%
$0
$0 p.a.
90%
A discounted interest rate home loan with no monthly fees.
3.87%
3.87%
$0
$10 monthly ($120 p.a.)
90%
Get a competitive interest rate for 3 years and a discounted variable rate when the fixed period ends.
3.79%
3.80%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
A competitive rate with no ongoing monthly fees or application fees.
3.69%
3.69%
$0
$0 p.a.
70%
Enjoy a low variable rate with no application and ongoing fees.
3.88%
4.88%
$0
$395 p.a.
95%
Lock in a discounted fixed rate with a low service fee.
3.99%
4.03%
$0
$0 p.a.
95%
Enjoy a basic home loan with a high LVR and no application or ongoing fees.
3.85%
4.95%
$0
$395 p.a.
95%
A discounted package rate for owner occupiers with the ability to package a Qantas rewards earning Amplify credit card. $1,500 cashback available for refinancers. Conditions apply.
3.99%
4.99%
$0
$395 p.a.
95%
A package home loan with fee free extra repayments available during the fixed term.
4.39%
5.42%
$300
$10 monthly ($120 p.a.)
95%
Borrow up to and fix in a 3 year home loan rate. Access your account via internet and phone banking.
3.69%
4.03%
$0
$299 p.a.
80%
Enjoy a low variable rate with no application fee.
5.29%
5.64%
$995
$15 monthly ($180 p.a.)
65%
Available for former bad credit borrowers who have had a clean credit file for the last 24 months. Loan can be used to purchase a property or refinance.
3.59%
4.42%
$0
$0 p.a.
95%
This competitive introductory rate is a limited time offer for new owner-occupiers
3.68%
3.69%
$600
$0 p.a.
90%
Get a low variable rate along with some important basic features.
5.59%
5.94%
$995
$15 monthly ($180 p.a.)
55%
Available for borrowers with bad credit history. Can be used for purchase or refinance even with negative listings on your credit file.

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