The non-major lender has reduced owner-occupied home loan rates by up to 20 basis points on two of its mortgage products.
Bendigo Bank has announced cuts to its Bendigo Express Home Loan and Basic Home Loan variable interest rates.
Effective for new residential owner-occupied loan customers from Friday, 12 April:
Bendigo Bank executive, consumer banking, Richard Fennell commented: “For customers who may be considering a new mortgage or change of mortgage provider, our decision to reduce the rate on our Basic and Express Home Loan products will provide them with a highly competitive offer.”
The Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) has also announced mortgage rate changes.
Effective immediately for new customers paying principal and interest:
The Commonwealth Bank’s principal and interest 3-year fixed rate home loans now start from 3.79 per cent, with investment fixed rate home loans now starting from 3.99 per cent.
Reflecting on the changes, Canstar analyst Steve Mickenbecker said he expects CBA’s changes to spark rate movements across the market.
“This should set off another round of interest rate moves, of course centred on fixed rate loans. The itch is becoming irresistible,” Mr Mickenbecker said.
“The market share of the big four banks has diminished over the last 12 months, a trend they need to put the breaks on.”
Bendigo and CBA are the latest lenders to reprice their mortgage products, continuing a trend of out-of-cycle interest rate changes.
Despite the out-of-cycle rate changes, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has held the official cash rate at 1.5 per cent.
However, some analysts, including AMP chief economist Shane Oliver and NAB chief economist, market, Ivan Colhoun, expect the RBA to drop the cash rate over the coming months, in response to weak housing market conditions and subdued wage growth.
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