The regional-focused competitor's move came amid a revision from NAB, with experts at the big four bank now tipping the first cash rate cut to come in May 2025.

NAB was previously forecasting the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) to drop the cash rate in November, putting an end to a hiking-holding cycle that, by that stage, would have lasted around two and a half years.

But home loan borrowers' hearts might have dropped on the release of the latest monthly inflation data.

Consumer prices rose 4.0% over the year to May, up from April's 3.6% annual rise, and a full percentage point higher than the top of the RBA's target rage, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) found.

But not all was dire this week.

For starters, CommBank and Westpac are still forecasting a rate cut in November 2024, with ANZ only slightly less optimistic in predicting a February cut.

There was also an exciting happening in the home loan rate space. The market saw some notable interest rate cuts from Bendigo Bank and Bank First.

Bendigo Bank slashes variable rates on investment home loans

If you're a property investor, you might have found your eye caught by a series of rate cuts put forward by Bendigo Bank this week.

The institution dropped rates on its Complete Home Loan product for investors, with changes to variable rates including:

Product

LVR

Change

New rate (p.a.)

Comparison rate* (p.a.)

Investment Complete Home Loan Interest only (IO)

≤60%

-20bp

6.59%

6.60%

Investment Complete Home Loan IO

60-80%

-45bp

6.64%

6.68%

Investment Complete Home LoanPrincipal and interest (P&I)

60-80%

-20bp

6.34%

6.56%

Investment Complete Home Loan

P&I

80-90%

-35bp

6.54%

6.76%

Bank First cuts variable rates by 5 basis points

Finally, mutual bank Bank First dropped some of its variable home loan rates this week.

Products impacted included its Basic range, its Complete Home Loan lineup, and its Premier Package products.

The lowest rates for owner-occupiers are offered on its Basic range, with changes to the offerings including:

Product Name

LVR

Change

New rate (p.a.)

Comparison rate* (p.a.)

Basic Home Loan Owner-occupier

P&I

≤60%

-5bp

6.04%

6.07%

Basic Home Loan Owner-occupier

P&I

60-80%

-5bp

6.19%

6.22%

Basic Home Loan

Investor

P&I

≤60%

-5bp

6.29%

6.32%

Basic Home Loan

Investor

P&I

60-80%

-5bp

6.39%

6.42%


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