If you’re paying more than 4% on your home loan, you might just be paying too much.

CANSTAR advises that even 5 year fixed rates terms can now be found at under 4 percent.

Thanks to the May cut in official cash rate, research and comparison site canstar.com.au advises that borrowers with some equity can now potentially lock in a home loan interst rate of less than 4 percent across all loan terms up to and including 5 year fixed.

“The cash rate is at a historic low and this is fantastic news for home owners wanting to refinance their mortgage,” said CANSTAR Group Manager, Research & Ratings, Mitchell Watson.

“For the first time our database of more than 1,000 home loans is showing advertised interest rates of less than four percent across all loan terms, including 5 year fixed. Prior to the most recent rate cut the lowest 5 year fixed home loan advertised rate on our database was 4.34 percent; it’s now 3.99 percent for owner-occupiers.”

Current highest, lowest and average advertised home loan rates

Table: Residential Home Loan Market – Snapshot of the current market (3/6/2016)  
Standard Variable Package Variable 1 Year Fixed 3 Year Fixed 4 Year Fixed 5 Year Fixed  
Average 4.64% 4.35% 4.35% 4.31% 4.66% 4.70%  
Min 3.59% 3.64% 3.50% 3.74% 3.99% 3.99%  
Max 5.84% 5.10% 5.34% 5.24% 5.59% 5.59%  
Source: www.canstar.com.au, the search results do not include all home loan providers, and may not include all features relevant to you. Advertised rates of products on CANSTAR database  
Table: Investment Home Loan Market – Snapshot of the current market (3/6/2016)  
Standard Variable Package Variable 1 Year Fixed 3 Year Fixed 4 Year Fixed 5 Year Fixed  
Average 4.86% 4.63% 4.55% 4.53% 4.84% 4.88%  
Min 3.84% 3.95% 3.59% 3.89% 4.39% 4.49%  
Max 6.03% 5.37% 5.34% 5.34% 5.69% 5.69%  
Source: www.canstar.com.au, the search results do not include all home loan providers, and may not include all features relevant to you. Advertised rates of products on CANSTAR database  

 

“Investors aren’t quite as lucky, the minimum and average interest rates on offer are higher than for owner-occupiers. Nevertheless there is significant variance between rates on offer – definitely shop around,” said Mr Watson.

You can search for a home loan and compile tables of the lowest-rate home loans on the CANSTAR database here

 

For further information:

Justine Davies

Editor in Chief

Ph. (07) 3837 4151 / 0400 127 733

justine.davies@canstar.com.au

 

CANSTAR provides Australia’s interactive online research service in consumer and business finance. Founded in 1992, CANSTAR Pty Limited is Australia’s researcher of retail finance information for over 250 institutions such as Banks, Building Societies, Credit Unions, Finance Companies, Brokers, Mortgage Originators, Life Companies and finance related Internet Portals. CANSTAR customers use the extensive database for competitor analysis as well as a means of disseminating their product range. CANSTAR also distributes this information to print and electronic media for publication and to Agents, Accountants, Brokers and Internet Portals for use in advising their clients.

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