Effective Monday, 8 September 2008, the interest rate on ANZ’s standard variable rate home loan will decrease by 0.25%pa to 9.37%pa (9.47%pa Comparison Rate) for new and existing customers. Other variable rate home loan products will also decrease 0.25%pa from 8 September 2008. The new rates include: Simplicity PLUS – 8.67%pa and Equity Manager – 9.37%pa.
This follows recent cuts in fixed term mortgages which have seen interest rates reduced by up to 0.80%pa. The current rates are 1 year fixed term 8.49%pa and 2, 3, 4 and 5 year fixed term 8.69%.
ANZ Group Managing Director Personal, Brian Hartzer said: “ANZ understands higher interest rates are stretching many household budgets. While global credit markets continue to be volatile and there are continued pressures on bank funding costs, we are pleased to currently be in a position to pass on the reduction in the Cash Rate to our mortgage customers.
“We will continue to closely monitor our funding costs and we remain committed to passing on rate relief to our customers as these costs fall,” Mr Hartzer said.
For those customers experiencing hardship, a number of assistance options are available to help manage repayments including:
- extending loan terms to maintain existing repayment levels; or
- short-term repayment ‘holidays’.
Other options include switching to a fixed rate loan to provide greater certainty on future repayments or to a home loan with fewer features at a lower interest rate.
Interest rates for other lending products and for deposits remain under review.