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No OCR change this year, lower mortgage rates possible

Today’s official cash rate announcement and monetary policy statement will have come as a shock to those who had been predicted an increase in the rate this year, commentators say.

Thursday, March 14th 2013, 11:48AM 3 Comments

by Susan Edmunds

And it may even lead to lower mortgage interest rates.

A survey by this website last week showed that five of 18 economists expected some movement in the OCR by the end of this year. The surprisingly dovish tone of today’s announcement has put paid to that - and Wheeler says there will be no OCR hikes at least until the end of 2013.

While Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler acknowledged a strengthening in the economy, he pointed out that it was not uniform. And while he again signalled the bank was keeping an eye on house price inflation, he pointed out that the labour market remained weak and the high dollar was hurting exporters.

ANZ chief economist Cameron Bagrie said the statement had poured cold water on ideas that a rate hike could be looming.

“Rates aren’t going anywhere for a long time.”

Robin Clements, of UBS, said the tone of the statement was surprising given the signs of recovery that had been seen in the economy. He said the message from Wheeler was that the bank was in a holding pattern. What happened next was up in the air.

Forsyth Barr’s Matt Sturmer said the statement seemed to be a change of tone for Wheeler. While previously he had ruled out rate cuts, he seemed to now be saying anything was possible, depending on what happened, particularly as many exporters are contending with a drought on top of a high dollar.

Sturmer said it seemed unlikely there  would be any rate rise before 2014.

Westpac chief economist Dominick Stephens, who had predicted a 2013 OCR hike, said he agreed the high dollar was reducing the need for OCR hikes.

“However, we had expected that to be balanced out by concern about the possible inflationary consequences of rising house prices and stronger domestic economic activity.   The RBNZ's statement has produced a fall in swap rates, which could in turn lead to a drop in mortgage rates. That will stimulate the housing market further - an unhelpful development for the RBNZ.”

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On 15 March 2013 at 9:35 am alttab said:
A bit of house price inflation to make our mortgages seem smaller. I'm feeling better already!
On 15 March 2013 at 11:50 am Leanne said:
There is no economic recovery in Hawkes Bay, just greater unemployment and a flippin drought to deal with now! The Auckland housing market must be treated as it's own little microclimate. It aint buzzing anywhere else in the country. Wheeler is being sensible, the drought is going to affect all of us in the pocket over the next year or two.
On 18 March 2013 at 3:25 pm reaslistic said:
It would be interesting to canvas lenders on their current policy on pricing - new and refix rates offered based on risk and products ???

Then canvas advisers to see if their recommendation also makes their clients aware of pricing policies of lenders if they also sell insurance products.

Some may be selling their insurance products to mortgage clients which may have affected interest rates offered to clients, especially at refixes ??

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Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
AIA - Back My Build 6.19 - - -
AIA - Go Home Loans 8.74 7.14 6.75 6.39
ANZ 8.64 7.74 7.39 7.25
ANZ Blueprint to Build 7.39 - - -
ANZ Good Energy - - - 1.00
ANZ Special - 7.14 6.79 6.65
ASB Bank 8.64 7.14 6.75 6.39
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 - 7.14 6.79 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 7.74 7.39 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 - 6.79 - -
Co-operative Bank - Owner Occ 8.40 6.99 6.79 6.65
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
Co-operative Bank - Standard 8.40 7.49 7.29 7.15
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 6.89 6.55 6.35
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 6.69 6.59
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
Kainga Ora 8.64 7.74 7.35 6.99
Kainga Ora - First Home Buyer Special - - - -
Kiwibank 8.50 7.99 7.79 7.55
Kiwibank - Offset 8.50 - - -
Kiwibank Special - 6.99 6.79 6.65
Liberty 8.59 8.69 8.79 8.94
Nelson Building Society 9.00 7.65 7.25 -
Pepper Money Advantage 10.49 - - -
Pepper Money Easy 8.69 - - -
Pepper Money Essential 8.29 - - -
Resimac - LVR < 80% 8.84 8.09 7.59 7.29
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
Resimac - LVR < 90% 9.84 9.09 8.59 8.29
Resimac - Specialist Clear (Alt Doc) - - 8.99 -
Resimac - Specialist Clear (Full Doc) - - 9.49 -
SBS Bank 8.74 7.74 7.09 6.95
SBS Bank Special - 7.14 6.49 6.35
SBS Construction lending for FHB - - - -
SBS FirstHome Combo 6.19 6.14 - -
SBS FirstHome Combo - - - -
SBS Unwind reverse equity 9.95 - - -
Select Home Loans 9.24 - - -
TSB Bank 9.44 7.79 7.55 7.45
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
TSB Special 8.64 6.99 6.75 6.65
Unity 8.64 6.99 6.79 -
Unity First Home Buyer special - 6.55 6.45 -
Wairarapa Building Society 8.60 6.95 6.85 -
Westpac 8.64 7.84 7.35 6.99
Westpac Choices Everyday 8.74 - - -
Westpac Offset 8.64 - - -
Westpac Special - 7.24 6.75 6.39
Median 8.64 7.19 7.17 6.65

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