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Mortgage arrears rising but still low; Mortgage lending grows but still soft

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Lowest rate not necessarily best

Home Loan report: The outlook for people wanting to raise money to buy a new home or refinance an existing mortgage isn’t particularly flash at the moment.

Wednesday, July 12th 2006, 10:02PM
Rates have been gradually creeping up over the past couple of months and this trend looks like continuing for some time.

Variable rates haven’t moved since the Reserve Bank last changed its official cash rate back on December 8.These remain high and the margin between floating rates and fixed rates continues to be large.

One of the only reasons to keep some of your loan on a floating rate is to enable you to make extra repayments on your principal without being subject to penalty payments.

One year rates have risen from around 8.20% to 8.40% since January. Over the same time a standard, bank two-year fixed rate has gone from 7.75% to around 8.00%.

Five year rates, which looked relatively cheap on a historical basis around the end of last year are now not so attractive. Recent economic news from offshore markets points to these rates increasing over the short-term too.

The questions which are on the minds of many economists and borrowers is when will rates start falling and how fast will they fall?

The Reserve Bank has made it clear it doesn’t want to see its official cash rate fall until the middle of next year.

Part of the reason behind this is that there are more than $40 billion worth of mortgages coming up for refixing in the last quarter of this year and the bank wants these people to pay higher rates than they are currently on.

By doing this it sucks hundreds of millions of dollars out of consumers’ pockets into debt repayment rather than consumer spending which would be inflationary.

A number of banks are suggesting that the RBNZ will start easing rates earlier than it has signaled – but that isn’t a given.

What’s the best deal at the moment? This has become a fascinating question as one economist is promoting the three-year fixed rate on the grounds that it is cheaper, on a historical comparison basis than the two-year fixed rate.

However, ANZ has done some research on rates over the past 10 years which provides a number of useful tips.

Firstly, the cheapest rate in the market isn’t necessarily the best rate.

It says you would have been better to take out three one-year fixed rates as opposed to one, three-year fixed rate in the large majority of instances over the past decade.

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Mortgage Rates Table

Full Rates Table | Compare Rates

Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
AIA - Back My Build 6.19 - - -
AIA - Go Home Loans 8.74 7.45 7.05 6.85
ANZ 8.64 ▼7.84 ▼7.39 ▼7.25
ANZ Blueprint to Build 7.39 - - -
ANZ Good Energy - - - 1.00
ANZ Special - ▼7.24 ▼6.79 ▼6.65
ASB Bank 8.64 ▼7.29 ▼6.85 6.65
ASB Better Homes Top Up - - - 1.00
Avanti Finance 9.15 - - -
Basecorp Finance 9.60 - - -
Bluestone 9.24 - - -
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
BNZ - Classic - 7.29 6.85 6.65
BNZ - Green Home Loan top-ups - - - 1.00
BNZ - Mortgage One 8.69 - - -
BNZ - Rapid Repay 8.69 - - -
BNZ - Std, FlyBuys 8.69 7.89 7.45 7.25
BNZ - TotalMoney 8.69 - - -
CFML Loans 9.45 - - -
China Construction Bank - 7.09 6.75 6.49
China Construction Bank Special - - - -
Co-operative Bank - First Home Special - ▼7.09 - -
Co-operative Bank - Owner Occ 8.40 ▼7.29 6.89 6.75
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
Co-operative Bank - Standard 8.40 ▼7.79 7.39 7.25
Credit Union Auckland 7.70 - - -
First Credit Union Special - 7.45 7.35 -
First Credit Union Standard 8.50 7.99 7.85 -
Heartland Bank - Online 7.99 6.69 6.45 6.19
Heartland Bank - Reverse Mortgage - - - -
Heretaunga Building Society 8.90 7.60 7.40 -
HSBC Premier 8.59 - - -
HSBC Premier LVR > 80% - - - -
HSBC Special - - - -
ICBC 7.85 7.05 6.85 6.59
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
Kainga Ora 8.64 7.79 7.59 7.29
Kainga Ora - First Home Buyer Special - - - -
Kiwibank 8.50 8.35 7.89 7.65
Kiwibank - Offset 8.50 - - -
Kiwibank Special - 7.35 6.89 6.75
Liberty 8.59 8.69 8.79 8.94
Nelson Building Society 9.00 7.90 7.39 -
Pepper Money Advantage 10.49 - - -
Pepper Money Easy 8.69 - - -
Pepper Money Essential 8.29 - - -
Resimac - LVR < 80% 8.84 8.30 7.89 7.69
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
Resimac - LVR < 90% 9.84 9.30 8.89 8.69
Resimac - Specialist Clear (Alt Doc) - - 8.99 -
Resimac - Specialist Clear (Full Doc) - - 9.49 -
SBS Bank 8.74 7.95 7.45 7.29
SBS Bank Special - 7.45 6.95 6.79
SBS Construction lending for FHB - - - -
SBS FirstHome Combo 6.19 7.05 - -
SBS FirstHome Combo - - - -
SBS Unwind reverse equity 9.95 - - -
Select Home Loans 9.24 - - -
TSB Bank 9.44 8.19 7.55 7.55
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
TSB Special 8.64 7.39 6.75 6.75
Unity 8.64 6.99 6.85 -
Unity First Home Buyer special - - 6.45 -
Wairarapa Building Society 8.60 7.15 6.85 -
Westpac 8.64 7.89 7.49 7.25
Westpac Choices Everyday 8.74 - - -
Westpac Offset 8.64 - - -
Westpac Special - 7.29 6.89 6.65
Median 8.64 7.45 7.37 6.77

Last updated: 4 March 2024 9:31am

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