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No changes, so what's the best rate?

There continues to be very few changes to home loan rates at the moment. What's the best option currently?
Here's what Westpac said in today's economic update: "For borrowers with a deposit of 20% or more, the best value lies in the two-year rate or shorter terms. Three to five-year rates seem high relative to where we think short-term rates are going to go over that time. That said, these rates are most likely to be pressured higher by global market trends, so borrowers who prefer the security of a longer term still have a chance to lock in at historically quite low levels."

Here is the two-year rates from lowest to highest.

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NZMBA complains about BNZ campaign

The New Zealand Mortgage Brokers’ Association has complained to the Commerce Commission about the Bank of New Zealand’s anti-broker campaign.

Thursday, September 30th 2004, 6:06AM

by Jenny Ruth

"The grounds were we believe the advertising is misleading in as much as that it implies that they offer a rate because they don’t use brokers," says NZMBA chairman Geoff Bawden.

"It implies it’s a better rate or a better deal than what might be obtained by a broker which we believe is misleading," Bawden says.

In April, BNZ started its high profile campaign using the logo: "We’ve cut out brokers to give you a great home loan deal."

Most banks pay upfront commissions between 0.6% and 0.8% of the total loan amount and many pay on-going trailer commissions on top of that. Other sales channels also have their costs such as branch networks and staff salaries.

"I think it’s quite a dangerous exercise to chose one fixed rate (BNZ was aggressively promoting a two-year fixed rate) in the market and to say you can offer a better rate because you’ve cut out brokers," Bawden says.

All sorts of other factors, other than the interest rate charged, come into play to decide what the best deal available is, he says.

BNZ’s two-year rate hasn’t always been the lowest two-year rate available in New Zealand and the other banks are known to have matched its rate.

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Mortgage Rates Table

Full Rates Table | Compare Rates

Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
ANZ 5.79 4.99 5.35 5.59
ANZ Special - 4.49 4.85 -
ASB Bank 5.80 4.85 5.14 5.49
ASB Bank Special - 4.45 4.74 5.09
BankDirect 5.80 4.85 5.14 5.49
BankDirect Special - 4.45 4.74 5.09
BNZ - Mortgage One 6.50 - - -
BNZ - Rapid Repay 5.95 - - -
BNZ - Special - 4.59 4.79 5.09
BNZ - Std, FlyBuys 5.90 4.99 5.19 5.49
BNZ - TotalMoney 5.90 - - -
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
Credit Union Auckland 6.70 - - -
Credit Union Baywide 5.95 5.10 5.25 -
Credit Union North 6.45 - - -
Credit Union South 6.45 - - -
Finance Direct - - - -
First Credit Union 5.85 - - -
Heartland 6.70 7.00 7.25 7.85
Heartland Bank - Online - - - -
Heretaunga Building Society 5.75 5.00 5.20 -
Housing NZ Corp 5.79 4.99 5.14 5.49
HSBC Premier 5.79 4.09 4.29 4.89
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
HSBC Premier LVR > 80% - - - -
HSBC Special - - - -
ICBC 5.70 4.59 4.69 5.09
Kiwibank 5.70 5.09 5.19 5.65
Kiwibank - Capped - - - -
Kiwibank - Offset 5.70 - - -
Kiwibank Special - 4.69 4.79 5.25
Liberty 5.69 - - -
Napier Building Society - - - -
Nelson Building Society 6.10 5.10 5.45 -
Resimac 5.00 4.86 4.75 5.30
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
SBS Bank 5.79 4.99 5.19 5.49
SBS Bank Special - 4.59 4.79 5.25
Sovereign 5.90 4.85 5.14 5.49
Sovereign Special - 4.45 4.74 5.09
The Co-operative Bank - Owner Occ ▲5.75 4.59 4.85 5.25
The Co-operative Bank - Standard ▲5.75 5.09 5.35 5.75
TSB Bank 5.65 4.80 5.15 5.45
TSB Special - 4.55 4.75 5.15
Wairarapa Building Society 5.70 4.85 4.99 -
Westpac 5.84 4.99 5.29 5.59
Westpac - Capped rates - 5.15 5.25 -
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
Westpac - Offset 5.84 - - -
Westpac Special - 4.59 4.85 5.09
Median 5.80 4.85 5.14 5.38

Last updated: 19 May 2017 9:26am

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