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SBS Bank's new very low one year fixed rate offer is available for first home buyers with only a 10%+ deposit. Others need 20%. Investors need 40%.

SBS Bank's new very low one year fixed rate offer is available for first home buyers with only a 10%+ deposit. Others need 20%. Investors need 40%.

The week has ended with another rate drop. SBS Bank is offering a one year fixed for 2.19%, a -10 bps cut.

Although it is not the lowest one year rate in the market, it is close.

This particular rate is a 'special' and only available for residential lending with a minimum of 20% equity and Residential Investing lending with a minimum of 40% equity, (or First Home Loan borrowers with a minimum of 10% equity).

It is available to existing SNS Bank customers (members) with any level of existing lending with SBS Bank, or for new clients it requires new lending of at least $100,000.

It also requires the borrowers primary source of income paid into a SBS Bank transactional account.

For first home loan borrowers where the equity is less than 10%, this one year rate becomes 2.44%.

Overall, we are seeing short-term rates (2 years and shorter) being trimmed, with rates for three years and longer are being raised.

This shift is in response to two pressures on wholesale rates. The longer term wholesale rates are rising in response to rising international benchmarks as the global economy makes a surprisingly strong V-shaped recovery.

Meanwhile short term rates are being restrained by the RBNZ their stand in the secondary bond market to keep yields low, plus their offer of 0.25% three year money under their Funding for Lending program. Most banks except ANZ have availed themselves of a little bit of the $28 bln on offer. So far only $2.85 bln has been taken up however.

One useful way to make sense of these new changed home loan rates is to use our full-function mortgage calculators. (Term deposit rates can be assessed using this calculator.)

And if you already have a fixed term mortgage that is not up for renewal at this time, our break fee calculator may help you assess your options.

Here is the updated snapshot of the lowest advertised fixed-term mortgage rates on offer from the key retail banks at this time.

Fixed, below 80% LVR 6 mths   1 yr   18 mth  2 yrs   3 yrs  4 yrs  5 yrs 
as at May 7, 2021 % % % % % % %
               
ANZ 3.39 2.25 2.45 2.59 2.89 3.90 3.99
ASB 2.99 2.25 2.49 2.59 2.89 3.19 3.39
3.39 2.25 2.49 2.55 2.79 3.09 3.39
Kiwibank 3.55 2.35   2.55 2.79 3.09 3.39
Westpac 4.15 2.25 3.25 2.59 2.89 3.19 3.39
               
Bank of China  3.45 2.35 2.45 2.55 2.75 2.85 2.95
China Construction Bank 4.70 2.65 2.65 2.65 2.80 2.89 2.99
Co-operative Bank (*FHB only) 2.25 2.09* 2.59 2.59 2.79 3.09 3.39
Heartland Bank   1.99   2.35 2.45    
HSBC 2.79 2.25 2.25 2.35 2.65 2.79 2.89
ICBC  2.89 2.25 2.35 2.35 2.65 2.89 2.99
 SBS Bank 3.39 2.19 2.39 2.49 2.79 2.99 3.19
 [incl Price Match Promise]  2.89 2.25 2.45 2.49 2.79 3.09 3.39

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9 Comments

Lower-Quartile Housing here in Christchurch seems to be on the march. What use to cost $330,000 last year seems to now cost $380,000+

Agree, Christchurch is still undervalued ( although appears to be catching up fast) There’s equity coming out of Auckland and Wellington making Christchurch low hanging fruit.

If not higher - know a few people who have purchased in the last month paying $150K+ over the RV

Bear trap.

You believe lower cost dwellings should be falling in price in Christchurch. What’s the basis?

Bears who think interest rates will stay level or go lower will pile into the 1 year rates. Meanwhile interest rates will go up with inflation and when it's time to refinance they'll be adding 30%+ to their repayment schedule in a little over a years time as per the longer term rates going up. A classic bait and switch by the banks.

Apologies - double enter

Why are small banks under cutting the big 4 are they getting squeezed and are stuggling to get customers ???.
Seems very odd and now government has started deposit guarantee and Westpac looking to exit NZ ???
Will be interesting watching banks/finance companies over next 12months.

Big banks are doing cartel on rates and their economist are shaping the readers and consumers in certain directions so they can benefit their bank. I have followed those bank's economist for quite some time and see a pattern to their forecast, which benefits their own bank. small banks have lower cost compared to big banks. the way I see it, TSB and SBS play games to keep the the competition alive.