ING slashes fixed interest rates for investors

ING slashes fixed interest rates for investors

ING has adjusted its fixed interest rates, raising rates for owner occupiers while cutting rates for investors.

Fixed rates for 1, 2, 3 and 5 year investment mortgages were cut by as much as 36 basis points, while fixed rates for 1, 2, 4 and 5 year owner occupier mortgages increased by as much as 17 basis points.

ING investor fixed rates – new and existing

Product Old interest rate Old comparison rate Change New interest rate New comparison rate
1 year fixed rate 4.32% 5.56% -0.03% 4.29% 5.69%
2 year fixed rate 4.37% 5.45% -0.18% 4.19% 5.53%
3 year fixed rate 4.55% 5.39% -0.36% 4.19% 5.40%
4 year fixed rate 4.69% 5.35% No change 4.69% 5.45%
5 year fixed rate 4.90% 5.37% -0.21% 4.69% 5.37%

Owner occupier fixed rates – new and existing

Product Old interest rate Old comparison rate Change New interest rate New comparison rate
1 year fixed rate 3.68% 4.72% +0.17% 3.85% 4.73%
2 year fixed rate 3.82% 4.64% +0.03% 3.85% 4.65%
3 year fixed rate 3.93% 4.59% No change 3.39% 4.59%
4 year fixed rate 4.02% 4.56% +0.17% 4.19% 4.62%
5 year fixed rate 4.08% 4.53% +0.11% 4.19% 4.57%

Owner occupier fixed rates where customer holds an Orange Advantage – new and existing

Product Old interest rate Old comparison rate Change New interest rate New comparison rate
1 year fixed rate 3.58% 4.71% +0.17% 3.75% 4.72%
2 year fixed rate 3.72% 4.63% +0.03% 3.75% 4.63%
3 year fixed rate 3.83% 4.57% No change 3.83% 4.57%
4 year fixed rate 3.92% 4.52% +0.17% 4.09% 4.58%
5 year fixed rate 3.98% 4.49% +0.11% 4.09% 4.53%

The new rates are effective as of 31 October 2018.

ING previously increased interest rates for its variable investment home loans in September 2018, following similar rate hikes from other major banks. This increase to ING’s reference rates affected the comparison rates for its fixed rate investment loans. 

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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 the difference between a fixed rate and variable rate?

A variable rate can fluctuate over the life of a loan as determined by your lender. While the rate is broadly reflective of market conditions, including the Reserve Bank’s cash rate, it is by no means the sole determining factor in your bank’s decision-making process.

A fixed rate is one which is set for a period of time, regardless of market fluctuations. Fixed rates can be as short as one year or as long as 15 years however after this time it will revert to a variable rate, unless you negotiate with your bank to enter into another fixed term agreement

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 however fixed rates do offer customers a level of security by knowing exactly how much they need to set aside each month.

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 a comparison rate?

The comparison rate is a more inclusive way of comparing home loans that factors in not only on the interest rate but also the majority of upfront and ongoing charges that add to the total cost of a home loan.

The rate is calculated using an industry-wide formula based on a $150,000 loan over a 25-year period and includes things like revert rates after an introductory or fixed rate period, application fees and monthly account keeping fees.

In Australia, all lenders are required by law to publish the comparison rate alongside their advertised rate so people can compare products easily.

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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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Mortgage brokers are finance professionals who help borrowers organise home loans with lenders. As such, they act as middlemen between borrowers and lenders.

While bank staff recommend home loan products only from their own employer, brokers are independent, so they can recommend products from a range of institutions.

Brokers need to be accredited with a particular lender to be able to work with that lender. A typical broker will be accredited with anywhere from 10 to 30 lenders – the big four banks, as well as a range of smaller banks, credit unions and non-bank lenders.

As a general rule, brokers don’t charge consumers for their services; instead, they receive commissions from lenders whenever they place a borrower with that institution.

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