Big bank unveils variable rate cuts

By Gerv Tacadena

Westpac offers one of the lowest rates in the market

Westpac has announced some changes to its variable-rate loan offerings.

The bank decided to slash the rate of its Flexi First Option Home Loan by 24 basis points to 2.69%, making it one of the lowest mortgage rates being offered in the market. This rate is available to borrowers with a loan-to-value ratio of 70% or lower.

The rate for variable mortgages with LVRs above 70% was also reduced by 24 basis points to 2.79%.

According to Savings.com.au, Westpac also reduced the rate of the mortgage product's investor option by 15 basis points. The investor variable rates now sit at 3.09% for LVRs lower than 70% and 3.19% for LVRs at least 80%.

Westpac recently announced that it will be allowing eligible borrowers to extend their interest-only term for up to 12 months. Principal-and-interest borrowers will also be given the option to switch to interest-only repayments for the same period.

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