Heritage Bank and Teachers Mutual adjust mortgage interest rates

Heritage Bank and Teachers Mutual adjust mortgage interest rates

More banks and lenders are adjusting their home loan interest rates, with rate rises and falls coming into effect this week. 

Heritage Bank decreased the interest rates on some of its fixed investment home loans from 6 November 2018.

Interest rates on Heritage Bank’s 2, 3 and 5 year fixed investment principal and interest loans, as well as on its 1 and 2 year fixed investment interest only loans, decreased by 10 basis points.

Also, the interest rate on Heritage Bank’s 1 year fixed investment principal and interest home loan decreased by 20 basis points.

Home Loan Old Interest Rate Old Comparison Rate New Interest Rate New Comparison Rate Change
Heritage Bank Fixed Rate Investment Loan (Interest Only) 1 Year 4.39% 4.39% 4.29% 5.74% -0.1%
Heritage Bank Fixed Rate Investment Loan (Interest Only) 2 Year  4.39% 4.39% 4.29% 5.61% -0.1%
Heritage Bank Fixed Rate Investment Loan (Principal and Interest) 1 Year 4.19% 4.19% 3.99% 5.71% -0.2%
Heritage Bank Fixed Rate Investment Loan (Principal and Interest) 2 Years 4.09% 4.09% 3.99% 5.55% -0.1%
Heritage Bank Fixed Rate Investment Loan (Principal and Interest) 3 Years 4.19% 4.19% 4.09% 5.43% -0.1%
Heritage Bank Fixed Rate Investment Loan (Principal and Interest) 5 Years 4.99% 4.99% 4.89% 5.52% -0.1%
Heritage Bank Home Advantage Fixed Investment Loan (Interest Only) 1 Year 4.39% 4.39% 4.29% 4.61% -0.1%
Heritage Bank Home Advantage Fixed Investment Loan (Interest Only) 2 Years  4.39% 4.39% 4.29% 4.62% -0.1%
Heritage Bank Home Advantage Fixed Investment Loan (Principal and Interest) 1 Year 4.19% 4.19% 3.99% 4.58% -0.2%
Heritage Bank Home Advantage Fixed Investment Loan (Principal and Interest) 2 Years 4.09% 4.09% 3.99% 4.56% -0.1%
Heritage Bank Home Advantage Fixed Investment Loan (Principal and Interest) 3 Years 4.19% 4.19% 4.09% 4.57% -0.1%
Heritage Bank Home Advantage Fixed Investment Loan (Principal and Interest) 5 Years 4.99% 4.99% 4.89% 4.88% -0.1%

The other lender that adjusted its interest rates this week was Teachers Mutual Bank, which increased the interest rates on its 2 and 3-year fixed principal and interest home loans, each by 10 basis points, as of 6 November 2018.

Home loan Old interest rate Old comparison rate New interest rate New comparison rate Change
Teachers Mutual Bank Fixed Home Loan (Principal and Interest) 2 Years 3.78% 4.95% 3.88% 4.97% +0.1%
Teachers Mutual Bank Fixed Home Loan (Principal and Interest) 3 Years 3.88% 4.87% 3.98% 4.89% +0.1%

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What is a fixed home loan?

A fixed rate home loan is a loan where the interest rate is set for a certain amount of time, usually between one and 15 years. The advantage of a fixed rate is that you know exactly how much your repayments will be for the duration of the fixed term. There are some disadvantages to fixing that you need to be aware of. Some products won’t let you make extra repayments, or offer tools such as an offset account to help you reduce your interest, while others will charge a significant break fee if you decide to terminate the loan before the fixed period finishes.

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What happens to my home loan when interest rates rise?

If you are on a variable rate home loan, every so often your rate will be subject to increases and decreases. Rate changes are determined by your lender, not the Reserve Bank of Australia, however often when the RBA changes the cash rate, a number of banks will follow suit, at least to some extent. You can use RateCity cash rate to check how the latest interest rate change affected your mortgage interest rate.

When your rate rises, you will be required to pay your bank more each month in mortgage repayments. Similarly, if your interest rate is cut, then your monthly repayments will decrease. Your lender will notify you of what your new repayments will be, although you can do the calculations yourself, and compare other home loan rates using our mortgage calculator.

There is no way of conclusively predicting when interest rates will go up or down on home loans so if you prefer a more stable approach consider opting for a fixed rate loan.

What is the difference between fixed, variable and split rates?

Fixed rate

A fixed rate home loan is a loan where the interest rate is set for a certain amount of time, usually between one and 15 years. The advantage of a fixed rate is that you know exactly how much your repayments will be for the duration of the fixed term. There are some disadvantages to fixing that you need to be aware of. Some products won’t let you make extra repayments, or offer tools such as an offset account to help you reduce your interest, while others will charge a significant break fee if you decide to terminate the loan before the fixed period finishes.

Variable rate

A variable rate home loan is one where the interest rate can and will change over the course of your loan. The rate is determined by your lender, not the Reserve Bank of Australia, so while the cash rate might go down, your bank may decide not to follow suit, although they do broadly follow market conditions. One of the upsides of variable rates is that they are typically more flexible than their fixed rate counterparts which means that a lot of these products will let you make extra repayments and offer features such as offset accounts.

Split rates home loans

A split loan lets you fix a portion of your loan, and leave the remainder on a variable rate so you get a bet each way on fixed and variable rates. A split loan is a good option for someone who wants the peace of mind that regular repayments can provide but still wants to retain some of the additional features variable loans typically provide such as an offset account. Of course, with most things in life, split loans are still a trade-off. If the variable rate goes down, for example, the lower interest rates will only apply to the section that you didn’t fix.

What is 'principal and interest'?

‘Principal and interest’ loans are the most common type of home loans on the market. The principal part of the loan is the initial sum lent to the customer and the interest is the money paid on top of this, at the agreed interest rate, until the end of the loan.

By reducing the principal amount, the total of interest charged will also become smaller until eventually the debt is paid off in full.

What is an interest-only loan? How do I work out interest-only loan repayments?

An ‘interest-only’ loan is a loan where the borrower is only required to pay back the interest on the loan. Typically, banks will only let lenders do this for a fixed period of time – often five years – however some lenders will be happy to extend this.

Interest-only loans are popular with investors who aren’t keen on putting a lot of capital into their investment property. It is also a handy feature for people who need to reduce their mortgage repayments for a short period of time while they are travelling overseas, or taking time off to look after a new family member, for example.

While moving on to interest-only will make your monthly repayments cheaper, ultimately, you will end up paying your bank thousands of dollars extra in interest to make up for the time where you weren’t paying off the principal.

What is a variable home loan?

A variable rate home loan is one where the interest rate can and will change over the course of your loan. The rate is determined by your lender, not the Reserve Bank of Australia, so while the cash rate might go down, your bank may decide not to follow suit, although they do broadly follow market conditions. One of the upsides of variable rates is that they are typically more flexible than their fixed rate counterparts which means that a lot of these products will let you make extra repayments and offer features such as offset accounts.

How can I calculate interest on my home loan?

You can calculate the total interest you will pay over the life of your loan by using a mortgage calculator. The calculator will estimate your repayments based on the amount you want to borrow, the interest rate, the length of your loan, whether you are an owner-occupier or an investor and whether you plan to pay ‘principal and interest’ or ‘interest-only’.

If you are buying a new home, the calculator will also help you work out how much you’ll need to pay in stamp duty and other related costs.

Who offers 40 year mortgages?

Home loans spanning 40 years are offered by select lenders, though the loan period is much longer than a standard 30-year home loan. You're more likely to find a maximum of 35 years, such as is the case with Teacher’s Mutual Bank

Currently, 40 year home loan lenders in Australia include AlphaBeta Money, BCU, G&C Mutual Bank, Pepper, and Sydney Mutual Bank.

Even though these lengthier loans 35 to 40 year loans do exist on the market, they are not overwhelmingly popular, as the extra interest you pay compared to a 30-year loan can be over $100,000 or more.

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Does Real Time Ratings' work for people who already have a home loan?

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How much deposit do I need for a home loan from NAB?

The right deposit size to get a home loan with an Australian lender will depend on the lender’s eligibility criteria and the value of your property.

Generally, lenders look favourably on applicants who save up a 20 per cent deposit for their property This also means applicants do not have to pay Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI). However, you may still be able to obtain a mortgage with a 10 - 15 per cent deposit.  

Keep in mind that NAB is one of the participating lenders for the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme, which allows eligible borrowers to buy a property with as low as a 5 per cent deposit without paying the LMI. The Federal Government guarantees up to 15 per cent of the deposit to help first-timers to become homeowners.

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