New year, new home loan rate hikes

Adam Smith 5 January 2017

graph penBanks have started 2017 by hiking variable home loan rates.

Home loan interest rates began to move upward in the wake of December’s RBA meeting which saw the Reserve Bank leave the official cash rate untouched at 1.50%. While lenders began their round of rate rises with fixed rate products, an increasing number of lenders are now announcing out-of-cycle variable rate moves.

Virgin Money announced it would raise both fixed and variable rates on some of its products for owner occupiers and investors from 6 January. The lender lifted its three-,four- and five-year fixed rates by 20 basis points for owner occupiers, and raised investor four-year fixed rates by 24 basis points and five-year fixed rates by 19 basis points. It also lifted variable rates by 10 basis points for both owner occupiers and investors.

What will happen to rates in 2017?

Virgin Money coupled its rate rises with a significant rate cut for some fixed rate products. The lender trimmed its one-year fixed rate by 16 basis points for owner occupiers and by 21 basis points for investors. It also dropped its two-year fixed rate by 26 basis points for owner occupiers and 30 basis points for investors.

ME also announced it would move on variable rates, effective from 4 January. The bank lifted variable rates by 10 basis points for both owner occupiers and investors. The changes apply to the lender’s Basic Home Loan, Flexible Home Loan and Flexible Home Loan with Member Package.

Suncorp has also lifted variable rates, with changes to come into effect from 23 January. The bank will raise owner-occupier variable rates on its Back to Basics and Standard Variable products by 15 basis points. However, Suncorp said it would also reverse 15 basis points of reductions to interest rates on its 55 Plus savings accounts.

Compare today's home loan rates

Rates last updated July 22nd, 2017
$
Interest Rate (p.a.) Comp Rate^ (p.a.) Application Fee Ongoing Fees Max LVR Monthly Payment
loans.com.au Essentials - Variable (Owner Occupier, P&I)
loans.com.au Essentials - Variable (Owner Occupier, P&I)
3.64% 3.66% $0 $0 p.a. 80% Go to site More info
Greater Bank Ultimate Home Loan - Discounted 1 Year Fixed LVR ≤85% ($150K+ Owner Occupier)
Greater Bank Ultimate Home Loan - Discounted 1 Year Fixed LVR ≤85% ($150K+ Owner Occupier)
3.59% 4.48% $0 $375 p.a. 85% Go to site More info
UBank UHomeLoan Variable Rate - Standard Variable Rate Value Offer (Owner Occupier P&I)
UBank UHomeLoan Variable Rate - Standard Variable Rate Value Offer (Owner Occupier P&I)
3.74% 3.74% $0 $0 p.a. 80% Go to site More info
State Custodians Low Rate Home Loan with Offset - LVR up to 80% (Owner Occupier)
State Custodians Low Rate Home Loan with Offset - LVR up to 80% (Owner Occupier)
3.69% 3.72% $0 $0 p.a. 80% Go to site More info
Reduce Home Loans Rate Buster 100% Offset Variable Home Loan - Up to $750k (LVR <=80%)
Reduce Home Loans Rate Buster 100% Offset Variable Home Loan - Up to $750k (LVR <=80%)
3.54% 3.54% $440 $0 p.a. 80% Enquire now More info
loans.com.au Offset Variable - Up to 80% LVR (Owner Occupier P&I)
loans.com.au Offset Variable - Up to 80% LVR (Owner Occupier P&I)
3.72% 3.74% $0 $0 p.a. 80% Go to site More info
NAB Choice Package Home Loan - 2 Year Fixed (Owner Occupier P&I) First Home Buyer Special
NAB Choice Package Home Loan - 2 Year Fixed (Owner Occupier P&I) First Home Buyer Special
3.69% 4.86% $0 $395 p.a. 90% Go to site More info
ING DIRECT Orange Advantage Loan - $150,000+ (LVR <=80% Owner Occupier, P&I)
ING DIRECT Orange Advantage Loan - $150,000+ (LVR <=80% Owner Occupier, P&I)
3.79% 4.11% $0 $299 p.a. 80% Go to site More info
CUA Kick Start 2 Year Introductory Variable Home Loan - (Owner Occupier, P&I)
CUA Kick Start 2 Year Introductory Variable Home Loan - (Owner Occupier, P&I)
3.79% 3.97% $0 $0 p.a. 90% Go to site More info
Mortgage House Advantage Home Loan 80 - Special Owner Occupier ($500K+)
Mortgage House Advantage Home Loan 80 - Special Owner Occupier ($500K+)
3.73% 3.88% $0 $10 monthly ($120 p.a.) 80% Go to site More info
Newcastle Permanent Building Society Fixed Rate Home Loan - 2 Year Fixed (Owner Occupier Special Rate, P&I)
Newcastle Permanent Building Society Fixed Rate Home Loan - 2 Year Fixed (Owner Occupier Special Rate, P&I)
3.84% 4.86% $0 $0 p.a. 95% Go to site More info
SCU Basic Variable Rate Home Loan
SCU Basic Variable Rate Home Loan
3.77% 3.81% $200 $0 p.a. 95% Go to site More info
NAB Choice Package Home Loan - 2 Year Fixed (Owner Occupier P&I)
NAB Choice Package Home Loan - 2 Year Fixed (Owner Occupier P&I)
3.88% 4.89% $0 $395 p.a. 95% Go to site More info

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