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More banks follow suit with rate cuts

by Huntley Mitchell4 minute read

Twelve lenders have now made reductions to their home loan rates following the Reserve Bank’s decision to lower the official cash rate to 1.75 per cent.

CBA, Westpac, St George Bank, Bank of Melbourne (BOM), BankSA, UBank, Greater Bank, ING Direct and Newcastle Permanent have all announced that they will pass on the full 0.25 per cent reduction to its variable rate home loans, while ANZ has reduced its standard variable rate (SVR) by 19 basis points.

Effective 20 May, CBA’s cut will see its SVR start at 5.35 per cent, while Westpac’s headline owner-occupier variable rate will be reduced to 5.43 per cent (with a 5.57 per cent comparison rate), and its headline investor variable rate will drop to 5.70 per cent (with a 5.84 per cent comparison rate), effective 23 May.

St George’s headline owner-occupier variable rate will start at 5.44 per cent (with a 5.61 per cent comparison rate), while its headline investor variable rate will decrease to 5.69 per cent (with a 5.85 per cent comparison rate), effective 23 May.

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BOM’s standard variable rate will be reduced to 5.35 per cent for owner-occupiers (with a 5.52 per cent comparison rate) and to 5.60 per cent for investors (with a comparison rate of 5.76 per cent), effective 23 May.

BankSA’s SVR will drop to 5.42 per cent for owner-occupiers (with a 5.59 per cent comparison rate) and to 5.67 per cent for investors (with a comparison rate of 5.83 per cent), effective 23 May.

Westpac, St George, BOM and BankSA also passed on the full 25 basis points cut to its variable rate small business loans.

UBank’s headline SVR for new owner-occupier principal and interest loans will decrease to 3.74 per cent (including a 0.43 per cent value offer discount), effective 16 May.

Greater Bank’s SVR will be reduced to 4.75 per cent (with a 4.75 per cent comparison rate). The bank also introduced a special variable owner-occupier loan for new customers borrowing more than $150,000 and with a maximum LVR of 80 per cent.

ING Direct passed on the full 0.25 per cent reduction to its variable rate residential and commercial property loans, effective 20 May, while Newcastle Permanent passed on the 25 basis points cut to its variable rate home and business loans, effective 19 May.

Meanwhile, ANZ will reduce the SVR for its home loans by 19 basis points, effective 13 May, meaning the major bank’s owner-occupier SVR loan will start at 5.37 per cent.

ANZ also introduced a new two-year fixed rate home loan for owner-occupiers at 3.75 per cent.

These rate changes come after NAB and BOQ announced they will pass on the full 0.25 per cent reduction to their variable rate home loan products.

[Related: BOQ announces interest rate hikes]

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