Several lenders have repriced their mortgage packages this month, including Teachers Mutual Bank and Adelaide Bank, and major bank NAB is the latest to announce reductions.
Effective from Friday, 7 March for new loans, NAB will be repricing its Tailored Home Loan for both owner-occupied and investment fixed rate mortgages.
According to NAB, fixed rates offered on the major bank’s Tailored Home Loan for owner-occupiers now start from 3.79 per cent for principal and interest loans, and from 4.34 per cent for interest-only loans.
Fixed rates on NAB’s Tailored Home Loan for investors now start from 3.99 per cent for principal and interest loans, and from 4.18 per cent for interest-only loans.
This move comes as the Reserve Bank announced the official cash rate would stay on hold for a record 30th month.
Further, Australia’s leading economists are predicting a cash rate cut will be the central bank’s next move.
Given these market conditions, borrowers shouldn’t rely on the official cash rate as an absolute or reliable indicator of what the interest rate will be on their mortgage, as they may have reliably done in years gone past.
“Where borrowers are concerned, it is no longer reasonable to assume that changes in the cash rate, or lack thereof, will drive home loan interest rates,” said Susan Mitchell, chief executive officer at Mortgage Choice.
“At a standing committee on economics in February, RBA governor [Philip] Lowe highlighted the importance of borrowers seeking a better deal on their home loan, drawing attention to the discounts on headline interest rates that lenders are willing to give borrowers,” she said.
“Interest rates are constantly changing, and the rates you see advertised can be significantly higher than the rate you could secure.”