ANZ has now moved its mortgage rates lower, going in low and hard with its one year fixed rate offer.
And it is pitched at a market leading level.
Its new one year rate is 3.95%, lower than all its rivals. This rate is a 'special', meaning a minimum of 20% equity is needed, plus having an ANZ transaction account with salary direct credited.
And it also means TSB is matching that rate under its price match promise campaign.
As well, ANZ is trimming its three, four and five year fixed rates.
Its three year fixed rate is a 'special', now pitched at 4.19%, a cut of -30 basis points. But it is still higher than the 3.95% available at ASB, BNZ and Westpac.
Its new four year rate is 4.85% as a standard rate, involving a cut of -70 bps. Despite that, it is still a whole +50 bps higher than the offers at ASB and Westpac which are market leading.
And for five years fixed, the new ANZ rate is 4.95%, down -74 bps but +50 bps higher than ASB and Westpac and +66 bps higher than Kiwibank's market-leading rate.
ANZ's 3.95% one year rate is matched ASB, BNZ,Westpac and TSB for a much longer three year term.
This variation means that there has opened up quite a wide spread of rates between banks, making the options very competitive. Shopping around can bring substantial savings if carded rates are any indication. Borrowers with good financials will obviously be able to get some institutions to offer them even finer rates.
The flurry of recent rate changes in this market are coming just as the Autumn home selling season is winding down.
At the same time, ANZ has cut its term deposit offer rates sharply by up to -20 bps for some terms and flattening their offers. We will have more on these changes separately.
Here is the full snapshot of the advertised fixed-term rates on offer from the key retail banks.
|below 80% LVR||6 mths||1 yr||18 mth||2 yrs||3 yrs||4 yrs||5 yrs|
|as at April 9, 2019||%||%||%||%||%||%||%|
|China Construction Bank||5.15||5.10||3.65||3.90|
|with price match promise||4.85||3.95||4.09||3.99||3.95||4.35||4.45|
In addition to the above table, BNZ has a fixed seven year rate of 5.95%.