CBA breaks ranks, hikes fixed term rate
CBA have broken ranks with the bulk of the finance industry by becoming the first bank to raise interest rates since the price war began.
The Big Four bank upped their three-year fixed rate from 2.14% to 2.19% and their four-year fixed rate from 2.19% to 2.24%.
While these are relatively small changes on paper, they may represent a wider sea change in how rates are moving across the industry.
Banks are now beginning to hedge their bets on long-term interest rates, as we stand on the cusp of a new bond period beginning in the coming months.
Though the RBA is expected to keep the cash rate at minimum levels for the next three years, the increased price of bonds may see lenders up their rates independently of the Reserve.
When CBA lowered their two-year fixed rate back in March – the first time they had ever advertised a rate lower than the symbolic 2% threshold – they also upped their four-year rate, with a raft of other banks following their lead in the weeks that follow.
Now, as CBA makes the next step, it remains to be seen if other big name banks will go with them.
RBA sets first cash rate of 2021
The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has announced its first cash rate decision of 2021.
Although expected, the RBA has held the low rate at its 0.1%, which has been the case for the last three months.
The RBA will be monitoring the economic data focused on unemployment, property prices and consumer spending. If these three areas all show a rebound, then there is likely to be an increase.
Don't get complacent about current rates, as they may just move without much notice. Record volumes of loans are being processed and Lenders just may slow things down by way of increasing rates slightly.
Joondalup Home Loans says, “It’s is financially critical to ensure you get a very competitive interest rate while you can.
Contact Joondalup Home Loans, an experienced mortgage broker to make sure you are getting or have got, the best deal.
According to Domain Perth's residential rental rates hit their highest in fives years. The house median rental rate increased 6.3 per cent in the past three months since December. The average rental amount has jumped to $420/w, whereas unit and apartment prices jumped to $350/w, a 2.9 per cent increase.
With demand under pinning the increase and pent up demand for accommodation driven by interstate migrants and returning WA citizens, it is anticipate these increases will continue for some time yet.
As a result we expect an influx of Investor's returning to the Perth residential investment sector pushing pricing up. Based on current data, we expect a run on Perth property over the next 2 years at a minimum.
If you have any questions regarding a home loan or wish to become a Property Investor, please call Joondalup Home Loans, Mortgage Broker Joondalup.