HOME LOAN FIX RATE CHANGE 21 OCTOBER 2020
October 21, 2020 at 5:54 PM
Great to see BNZ expanding their Owner Occupied Fix Rate suite, introducing a 6 month owner occupied fix rate! They have also reduced their 18 month fix rate matching SBS Bank and ASB Bank.
The Co-Operative Bank however have launched a HOT Special 12 Month Fix Rate of 2.25% but it is only available for First Home Buyers. Not only is this available to First Home Buyers with at least 20% deposit, it is also available for those who qualify for Kainga Ora First Home Loans - a minimum of 5% deposit! Borrowers must also borrow more than $200,000 to qualify.
Special Fix Rates Changes
6 Month Fix Rate - 3.39%
18 Month Fix Rate - 2.49%
12 Month Fix Rate - 2.25%*
*Only available for First Home Buyers and Low Deposit Borrowers who qualify under Kainga Ora First Home Loan credit criteria. Other Terms and Conditions may apply.
Check out how they compare to the other banks by clicking HERE
If you're interested! Out of the eight New Zealand Banks listed below, here is a list of who is offering the lowest advertised Special/Owner Occupied Home Loan Rates as of October 12, 2020, 4.37pm.
Floating @ 3.40% - Kiwibank
6 Months @ 2.55% - The Co-Operative Bank of NZ
12 Months @ 2.49% - TSB Bank NZ (2.25% with The Co-Operative Bank NZ , terms and conditions apply)
18 Months @ 2.49% - BNZ Bank, ASB Bank and SBS Bank
24 Months @ 2.49% - SBS Bank
36 Months @ 2.49% - SBS Bank
48 Months @ 2.89% - The Co-Operative Bank NZ
60 Months @ 2.99% - SBS Bank, ASB Bank, BNZ, The Co-Operative Bank NZ and Westpac NZ
Can I ask for a lower rate with my own bank, if they are not advertising the lowest rate?
Please remember that the rates listed above are advertised, so there could be an opportunity to negotiate. There are a number of factors that will be considered by your bank:
- How long have you been with your bank?
- The equity or LVR position you currently have. i.e >20% equity in your home and/or 30% against your investment properties.
- The likelihood you are in a position to refinance if the rate offered is not to your expectation? E.g., If you have other loans fixed and they are not due to expire for a period of time. They may believe you are not likely to move to another bank and pay break/ solicitor costs.
- Last and by no means least, do they have enough margin (profit) to negotiate and by how much?
It pays to check with your bank or contact us to see if we can get you the rate you want - we do not charge a fee to negotiate on your behalf!
We recommend that you check current rate details with us or the respective banks by clicking the links provided below as the rates above can change without notice.