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Westpac third to market with offset loan

Westpac has launched an offset home loan product to go up against those offered by BNZ and Kiwibank.

Monday, July 29th 2013, 11:32AM 3 Comments

by Susan Edmunds

The Choices Offset loan, was launched without much fanfare, but has attracted quite a bit of attention.

The product is priced at 5.69%, which is between Kiwibank's new rate of 5.25% and BNZ's Total Money rate of 5.74%.

Westpac's product is not too much different to the others in the market and it allows up to 10 accounts to be tied to one home loan, so the interest earned on the money in the other accounts is used to offset the loan interest charge.

Westpac general manager retail Ian Blair said it was a solution for customers that offered them control and flexibility as well as the ability to pay down their loans more quickly.

Blair said the bank had got the product to market as quickly as it could because it wanted to provide a full suite of solutions for customers depending on their needs. “It was trialled for a short period before the launch and was really well received.”

“It gives a good degree of flexibility, rather than moving money in and out of a mortgage," he said.

Some commentators had previously said that offset products would be less appealing once floating rates rose but Blair said a higher interest rate environment could mean more tax savings for a borrower with an offset loan.

Westpac will be the only bank offering an offset loan through brokers.

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On 30 July 2013 at 10:45 am nic said:
lol this is something New Zealand Home loans have been offering for the last 17 years along side fantastic service.
On 30 July 2013 at 12:35 pm Amused said:
Family members won’t accrue any interest on their savings accounts if they link them to a borrower's offset home loan. Can’t see this been something most would see as advantageous to their own financial circumstances.
On 30 July 2013 at 2:16 pm Greg said:
No an Offset has not been offered by NZ Home Loans for 17 years - that is completely misleading. A Revolving Credit Facility has been (the same as all banks have) but not an offset! And don't talk to me about their service - I am not impressed.

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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 7.14 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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