Westpac made several changes to its home loan lineup today, including reducing the discounted variable rate on its Flexi First Option for homeowners and investors by 20 basis points.
Effective today, the Flexi First Option will carry a variable rate of 2.09% pa (comparison rate of 2.52% pa *), available to owner-occupiers for two years before reverting to 2.59% pa (comparison rate of 2.52% pa *).
For owner-occupiers with a deposit of at least 30% of the value of a property, the two-year discount rate will be even lower by 1.99% pa (2.42% pa comparison rate *) .
St. George, Bank of Melbourne and BankSA, all of which are part of the Westpac group, have made equivalent changes. They also reduced the 2-year flat rates by 10 basis points to 1.84% pa (3.38% pa comparison rate *).
Along with the drop in variable rates, Westpac has also increased the 4 and 5 year fixed rates for the same loan options by 30 basis points, continuing a trend we’ve been seeing for several months now.
As the pressure to increase long-term fixed rates increases, lenders have started to fine-tune variable rates to get as many new customers as possible into their loan portfolios.
The Big Four banks, however, have mostly refrained from offering relief to floating rate customers. Prior to today’s Westpac decision, the only other major bank to cut variable rates for homeowners this year was ANZ.
We’ve included a quick overview of the Westpac Flexi First Option below, but to see how it compares to other offerings on the market, visit our home loan comparison page, where you can filter your search by rate and type.
Westpac Flexi First option
- Discounted variable interest rate of 2.09% pa for 2 years (comparison rate of 2.52% pa *)
- No ongoing service charge
- Additional refunds, refunds and refund holidays available
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The Westpac Flexi First option comes with a standard variable rate of 2.59% pa (compare rate of 2.52% pa *), but for the first two years owner-occupiers can benefit from a reduced rate of 2.09% pa (comparison rate 2.52% pa *). Fees have been kept to a minimum and borrowers can take advantage of a number of useful features, such as the ability to make additional free repayments, access a repurchase facility, split your loan, and take out a loan. repayment leave. And if you refinance a loan worth at least $ 250,000 with an LVR of less than 90%, you could receive $ 3,000 in cash back. This offer only applies to refinancing outside the Westpac group.
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