Larry Schlesinger | 18 November 2012

Room for RBA to move on rates, says Wayne Swan: Guide to the lowest rate mortgages, fixed and variable as of November 19

Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan has once again waded into the debate over whether the Reserve Bank should cut the cash rate on December 4.

In a Treasury note over the weekend, Swan says the government’s forecast of a return to a budget surplus in the current financial year “gives the Reserve Bank more room to move on interest rates”.

“That’s the equivalent of six cuts to the official cash rate. For a family with a $300,000 standard variable mortgage, our responsible budget management has helped deliver a saving of around $4,500 a year in repayments compared to when the Government came to office,” says Swan.

By a majority of one, economists polled by Bloomberg on Friday tip the RBA to leave the cash rate on hold on December 4.

Tomorrow’s release of the minutes of the November monetary policy meeting and a speech by RBA governor Glenn Stevens will give clues as to the thinking of the RBA about a possible rate cut in December.

These are the lowest advertised mortgage rates based on listings by ratecity.com.auMozo.com.au and infochoice.com.au as of November 19:

Lowest variable rate offerings:

Provider

Loan name

Rate

Comparison rate*

Loans.com.au

Blackboard special

5.42%

5.45%

My mortgage freedom.com.au

Low rate -LVR up to 75%

5.43%

5.74%

UBank

UHomeloan – refinance only

5.47%

5.47%

Lowest one-year fixed-rate offerings

Provider

Loan name

Rate

Comparison rate*

UBank

UHomeloan – refinance only

4.79%

5.40%

Community First

Honeymoon

4.99%

6.46%

My mortgage freedom.com.au

Low rate -LVR up to 75%

4.99%

5.78%

Lowest three-year fixed-rate offerings

Provider

Loan name

Rate

Comparison rate*

UBank

UHomeloan – refinance only

5.13%

5.40%

Pacific Mortgage Group

Three year fixed

5.19%

5.43%

CUA

Fixed rate home loan

5.30%

5.90%

*A comparison rate includes both the interest rate and the fees and charges relating to a loan, combined into a single percentage figure.

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