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Online lender loans.com.au has launched a new sub-2.00% p.a. home loan, this time for investors.
The Smart Booster Investor Bundle now comes with a discounted 1.99% p.a. interest rate (2.71% p.a comparison rate*) for the first year on interest-only repayments, before reverting to a higher ongoing rate of 2.74% p.a.
This isn't the first time loans.com.au has introduced a home loan under the 2% benchmark, after doing so in late July with the 1.99% p.a. Smart Booster Discounted Variable Home Loan (2.57% p.a. comparison rate*), which was also an introductory rate.
However, it is the first time it has done so with an investment product, and according to Savings.com.au's market research, is also the only investment home loan rate under 2.00% p.a.
According to loans.com.au Managing Director Marie Mortimer, this new interest rate is the lowest investment offer in Australia right now.
“After seeing great success with our 1.99% owner-occupied offer, we are excited to bring a similar offer to investors," Ms Mortimer said.
“Investors who are considering switching to a lower rate for their investment properties and their own home should take the opportunity to reassess their loan provider and potentially refinance."
To be eligible for this offer, you must also get an owner-occupied loan from loans.com.au, with owner-occupied rates starting at 1.99% p.a.
It's available for borrowers with a loan-to-value ratio (LVR) of 80% or less borrowing between $50,000 and $1 million.
It has no application or exit fees, but does charge a $300 settlement fee and a valuation fee up to $220.
Other home loans below 2% p.a. at the moment include the likes of:
- The Bank of Us 1-3 year fixed FlexiDiscount loan (owner-occupiers): 1.99% p.a (comparison rates* range from 2.73% p.a to 2.88% p.a)
- The HomeStar Finance 'Star Classic' loan for owner-occupiers: 1.98% p.a. (2.51% p.a comparison rate*)
- The Bank First three-year fixed home loan rate: 1.99% p.a. (3.10% p.a. comparison rate*)
- The People's Choice one-year fixed special offer for first-home buyers: 1.99% p.a. (3.91% p.a. comparison rate*)
The entire market was not considered in selecting the above products. Rather, a cut-down portion of the market has been considered which includes retail products from at least the big four banks, the top 10 customer-owned institutions and Australia’s larger non-banks:
- The big four banks are: ANZ, CBA, NAB and Westpac
- The top 10 customer-owned Institutions are the ten largest mutual banks, credit unions and building societies in Australia, ranked by assets under management in November 2019. They are (in descending order): Credit Union Australia, Newcastle Permanent, Heritage Bank, Peoples’ Choice Credit Union, Teachers Mutual Bank, Greater Bank, IMB Bank, Beyond Bank, Bank Australia and P&N Bank.
- The larger non-bank lenders are those who (in 2020) has more than $9 billion in Australian funded loans and advances. These groups are: Resimac, Pepper, Liberty and Firstmac.
Some providers' products may not be available in all states. To be considered, the product and rate must be clearly published on the product provider's web site.
In the interests of full disclosure, Savings.com.au, Performance Drive and Loans.com.au are part of the Firstmac Group. To read about how Savings.com.au manages potential conflicts of interest, along with how we get paid, please click through onto the web site links.
*The Comparison rate is based on a $150,000 loan over 25 years. Warning: this comparison rate is true only for this example and may not include all fees and charges. Different terms, fees or other loan amounts might result in a different comparison rate.