Current interest rates in Australia
Currently the average variable home loan interest rate is 4.63% but you can find rates as low as 2.44%. Is it time to switch?
What does a competitive interest rate look like in the current home loan market? It's probably lower than you think. You can see some of our lowest rates in the table below or read on to learn more about how interest rates work.
Average interest rates versus the lowest rates*
|Rates May 2020||Data|
|Average variable mortgage interest rate||4.44%|
|Lowest variable rate available on Finder||2.44%|
|Average 3-year fixed mortgage interest rate||3.35%|
|Lowest 3-year fixed rate available on Finder||2.14%|
*Rates are averages taken from all comparable loans in Finder's database, which covers a large portion of the Australian mortgage market.
Here are some current Australian mortgage rates
While there are some rates on the market that may be lower, Finder lets you compare a range of competitive rates from lenders large and small. And if you can't find what you're looking for or just need more help, you can also speak to a mortgage broker.
More information about Australian mortgage rates
There are two graphs below. The first one tracks the average monthly rates according to an analysis of Finder's database. The second graph shows the lowest rate on the market each month. It's a helpful way to just how much you can save by comparing interest rates.
How much difference does a higher or lower interest rate make?
When you borrow money to finance the purchase of a home, banks don't just hand the funds out for free. Not only will you have to pay back the money you borrow, but you'll also have to repay the interest that accumulates on that principal amount.
When comparing home loans, checking out the current average home loan interest rate on this page gives you a quick and easy way to compare rates for different mortgages on the market at any given time.
Even a slight variation in interest rates can make thousands of dollars of difference over the life of a home loan. For example, let’s consider a $500,000 home loan with principal and interest repayments and a loan term of 30 years. The table below shows the overall cost of this loan with an interest rate of 2.75% p.a. and 3.00% p.a.
|Loan A||Loan B|
|Interest rate||3.00% p.a.||2.75% p.a.|
|Monthly repayment amount||$2,108.02||$2,041.21|
|Total cost of loan||$758,887.26||$734,834.13|
|Total interest paid||$258,887.26||$234,834.13|
As you can see, the 0.25% p.a. lower interest rate of Loan B results in a saving of more than $24,000 across the 30-year loan term. That clearly demonstrates just how important it is to get a competitive interest rate. Use our home loan repayment calculator to see how a higher or lower interest rate could affect your mortgage repayments.
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