Get your own home loan rate cut this November

Posted: 28 October 2016 8:25 am

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%. 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.

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