Non-major follows big four with variable rate hike

A regional bank has today announced a 25 basis point rate increase to its variable rate investor home loans, pushing its new rate above 6 per cent.

Bendigo Bank today announced that it has decided to increase its residential investment variable interest rate by 0.25 per cent p.a. to 6.01 per cent p.a.

Standard residential variable mortgage rates for owner-occupiers remain unchanged at 5.48 per cent p.a.

The change is effective as of 31 March for new and existing loans. A further decision was made to adjust the LVR cap on residential investor loans to 80 per cent, effective 27 March 2017.

Bendigo and Adelaide Bank managing director Mike Hirst said the adjustment reflects the requirement to meet regulator's expectations in dampening demand for investor lending.

“As has been well telegraphed to all Australian authorised deposit taking institutions, there is an expectation that as lenders, we must manage within the regulator’s 10 per cent growth speed limit for investor loans,” he said.

“When setting these rates we’ve tried to carefully balance the interests of our mortgage customers, those who earn money through deposits and those who invest in our bank.”

The news comes after CBA today became the final major bank to lift its variable rates, following ANZ, Westpac and NAB.

Commonwealth Bank today announced that its standard variable rate for interest only investment home loans will increase by 26 basis points to 5.94 per cent per annum. The SVR for principal and interest investment loans will increase by 24 basis points to 5.80 per cent per annum.

CBA’s standard variable rate for owner-occupier home loan customers repaying principal and interest will increase 3 basis points to 5.25 per cent per annum. Owner-occupiers on an interest-only mortgage will see their SVR increase 25 basis points to 5.47 per cent.

The standard variable rate for interest only owner-occupier home loans will increase by 25 basis points to 5.47 per cent per annum.

“Rising costs and regulatory responsibilities mean we are increasing home loan interest rates. We have sought to minimise the impact for the majority of our home loan customers who are Australian families trying to pay off their home,” CBA group executive for retail banking services Matt Comyn said.

“These changes don’t come into effect until 8 May, giving people enough time to speak to one of our home lending specialists to review their current repayments,” he said.

“We encourage customers to switch to principal and interest, where this meets their needs, so that they can continue to enjoy historically low rates.

“Customers can switch repayments at no cost, simply and easily online or over the phone. Or they can speak with one of our home lending specialists.”

These new rates are effective from 8 May 2017.

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