A $400 billion home loan refinance race is on across Australia! With repayments on the average $600K home loan are up more than $600 in four months!
That’s the effect of the rate increases we have already seen and there are likely to be at least a couple more to come.
It all has a lot of Aussies frantically fixing their home loan rates. But stop… the other vital piece of information that the money markets are telling us is that this hike-cycle will peak in the middle of next year and then rates will actually start to fall.
Adding weight to this futures forecast is the fact a number of lenders last week dramatically cut their longer-term fixed rates. Most of the cuts were for four-year periods and beyond, with CBA lopping 1.6 percentage points off the top, to a rate of 4.99%. That’s well below its package variable rate of 5.6%.
But remember, you should be getting a discount from that headline rate. The bottom line is that with any fix now, your repayments will be much larger than the variable rate.
And if the cash rate only has a little bit higher to go, as the market thinks right now, you may well be stuck paying more for the duration of a fix.
So how can you cut your variable costs?
The cheapest variable rates in the country
An under-the-table, unpublished discount from a big bank is unlikely to ever match the what-you-see-is-what-you-get rate of the best lender on the market.
The fact is that the pandemic mortgage price war has created a massive gulf between the big four variable rates and the cheapest, still-quality loans in the market.
With the 50bps rate rise from last Tuesday yet to flow through to most products, the Big 4 average discounted rate is still 4.7 per cent (all four banks have announced a straight 50 basis point increase).
That’s a full 166 basis points above the cheapest loan with an offset account, 3.04%
That is a $545 difference on the average monthly mortgage repayment.
So, a simple refinance almost entirely wipes the hikes the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has imposed so far.
Australia’s 5 best-value variable rate loans
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1. Lender A 3.04%
2. Lender B 3.14%
3. Lender C 3.14%
4. Lender D 3.14%
5. Lender E 3.18%
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