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It's a great time to borrow

It is a great time to be a borrower with plenty of equity stored up in a property. If you timed your last decision about a mortgage right, which means that you will have borrowing due for renewal this year, you can expect to be able to choose from some record low rates.

Wednesday, February 4th 2009, 9:52PM

by Maria Scott

Mortgage rates have continued to fall following last week’s 1.5% cut in the official cash rate to 3.50%.

The view among market watchers is that it may be too soon to lock into longer term rates just yet. The feeling is that the OCR is likely to fall further bringing more cuts in floating and short term rates. But borrowers need to watch the market closely from now on.

Commonwealth Bank of Australia economist Chris Tennent-Brown says: “On balance we see the prospect for slightly better fixed rates in the near future. However, more conservative borrowers may now want to consider gradually ‘averaging into’ low long-term fixed rates.”

BNZ chief economist Tony Alexander says that the bank’s latest two-year rate of 5.89% is a record for the bank. The last time the rate was near this was in mid-2003 when it hit 5.99% for just two weeks. “That is most definitely not going to be the case this time around. Monetary policy is going to ease further, news from offshore continues to get bad, and the chances are rates will go lower.”

Rates now look tantalisingly low but this is only part of the story in today’s home loan market. Borrowers who need to borrow more than 80% of the value of their properties are likely to find it difficult to switch lenders, let alone get the best rates in the market. And some lenders are still charging more than 10% for floating rate money, which will be acutely painful for borrowers who are unable to vote with their feet.

Borrowers who are able to lock into low rates this year may might consider this as a golden opportunity to use the savings from previous higher rates to speed up repayment of their mortgages.

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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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