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Mortgage rate cuts continue

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Macquarie and Bankwest are among several more lenders to announce mortgage rate cuts in response to the Reserve Bank’s second consecutive adjustment.

On Tuesday (2 July), the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) lowered the official cash rate to a new record low of 1 per cent, marking the second month in a row in which the cash rate had moved – after nearly three years of inertia.

The adjustment provoked an immediate response from the mortgage market, with several lenders, including the big four passing on the cut.

Macquarie Bank, Bankwest, BOQ and its subsidiary Virgin Money, HSBC, Firstmac, Greater Bank, Loans.com.au, RACQ, RAMS, Reduce and Keystart are the latest credit providers to lower their mortgage rates.

Macquarie

Despite passing on the full 25 bps following the RBA’s June adjustment, Macquarie has this time passed on a 20 bps reduction to its mortgage customers.

From 18 July, Macquarie’s home loan rates will start from 3.24 per cent.

Bankwest

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Commonwealth Bank subsidiary Bankwest has reduced its rates by 19 bps across both its owner-occupied and investment home loan products, effective from 23 July.

Following the change, Bankwest’s mortgages will start from 3.70 per cent.

BOQ

BOQ has passed on 15bps to its mortgage customers, reducing variable rates across all of its mortgage products, effective from 23 July.

 Lyn McGrath, group executive of retail banking, commented: “The decision to adjust interest rates is never easy and we have carefully weighed up a number of significant factors ahead of today’s announcement, including the current operating environment and broader economic trends.

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“With interest rates now at historical lows, it is critical that we balance our ongoing support for borrowers with those of our depositors.”

 Virgin Money

BOQ subsidiary Virgin Money has also announced a 15bps reduction across all of its variable rate home loans, effective from 23 July.

Virgin Money’s general manager, lending, cards & deposits, Johnny Lockwood, said: “In making this decision, we have given careful consideration to a range of factors, including the current operating environment, as well as the economic trends identified by the RBA.”

HSBC

The bank has not passed on the full 25bps, dropping rates by 20bps for both owner-occupiers and investors. 

From 22 July, HSBC's mortgage rates will start from 3.27 per cent. 

A HSBC spokesperson commented:"In making this decision, we have carefully considered the needs of both our home loans and savings customers. With one of the lowest variable home loan rates available in the market, we are continuing to focus on offering homebuyers great value and exceptional service.

“With rates reaching historically low levels, we encourage new and prospective customers to speak with us in branch, on the phone or via one of our broker partners about their home buying or refinancing ambitions.”

Firstmac

Non-bank lender Firstmac has passed on the full 25 bps to its mortgage customers, after passing only 20 bps following the June adjustment.

From 26 July, Firstmac’s home loan rates will start from 3.53 per cent.

Greater Bank

Greater Bank has also reduced its rates by up to 25 bps, effective from 28 July.

Following the changes, the lender’s rates will start from 3.23 per cent.

Loans.com.au

The non-bank lender has reduced its rates by 25 bps, after only passing 20bps following the June adjustment from the RBA.

From 26 July, the lender’s rates will start from 3.03 per cent.

RACQ

Mutual lender RACQ has again cut mortgage rates by 25 bps, effective from 8 July.

Once the changes come into effect, the lender’s rates will start from 3.19 per cent.

RAMS

The credit provider has again reduced its rates by 20 bps, with changes effective from 16 July.

Its home loan rates will start from 4.01 per cent once the changes come into effect.

Reduce

Reduce Home Loans has slashed its rate by up to 22 bps, with changes effective from 2 July.

The lender’s home loan rates now start from 2.89 per cent.

Keystart Home Loans

Western Australia-based lender Keystart has cut its rates by 21 bps, effective from 23 July.

The high-lender’s rates now start from 4.94 per cent.

[Related: Non-majors begin releasing rate cut decisions]

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