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Sunday, 19 May 2013

Home loan war hots up

I've written previously that we can expect mortgage rates to fall at this stage in the cycle as competition for market share hots up.

And mortgages are getting really very cheap now which will kick along the property market.

Here's SMH today:

"Westpac has fired the latest salvo in the fixed-rate home loan wars as lenders battle for new borrowers following the Reserve Bank's cash rate cut.

The bank dropped its one-year fixed rate home loans to 4.79 per cent, while its Bank of Melbourne and St George divisions lowered their one to five-year fixed rates to below 5 per cent.

"It's a further continuation of injecting more competition into the home loan marketplace, and also a confidence booster given that we've got the lowest government cash rate for 53 years," Bank of Melbourne chief executive Scott Tanner said.

The Reserve Bank's decision to slash the cash rate to 2.75 per cent on May 7 saw a flurry of lenders, including the big four banks, pass on the cut in full.

ANZ took a step further by dropping its standard variable mortgage rate by by 0.27 percentage points to 6.13 per cent, matching NAB's level.

Westpac has the highest standard variable mortgage rate among the big four with 6.26 per cent.
The moves came as banks enjoy lower funding costs and strong profit growth.

"I think it presents a bit of a borrower's dilemma about whether to lock in now or hold back and see if rates fall further," Kirsty Lamont of comparison site Mozo said.

"The fact that the banks are cutting their fixed rates again so aggressively shows they are pricing further rate cuts from the Reserve Bank down the track."