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Mortgage Rate Changes June 2019

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Following the Reserve Bank’s cut to official interest rates on 4 June 2019, First Option commenced a review into the pricing of both its deposits and loans.

As a member-owned bank, First Option has considered the impacts of a rate change on both depositors and borrowers.

It is also important to note that First Option has not changed its mortgage rates (for existing borrowers) since August 2016; almost 3 years ago! During this time, the big banks have quietly increased selected rates a couple of times, due to regulatory pressures.

Following the review, First Option has made the following decisions:

Owner Occupied Home Loans

New applications effective 14 June 2019. Existing loans effective 1 July 2019.

  • Classic Home Loan: 4.79%pa (borrowings $50,000+)
  • Premium Home Loan Package: 4.24%pa ($150,000 - $600,000)
  • Premium Plus Home Loan Package: 3.95%pa ($600,000 - $800,000)
  • Platinum Home Loan Package: 3.79%pa ($800,000+)

The above rates apply to Principal and Interest (P&I) loans. For Interest-Only loans please add 0.20%.

Business Loans

New applications effective 14 June 2019. Existing loans effective 1 July 2019.

  • Business Loan: 4.79%pa (Residential Security)
  • Business Loan: 5.69%pa (Commercial Security)

Please add 0.20% for Interest-Only loans.

First Option is your Trusted Mortgage Lender

While other First Option mortgage rates will remain unchanged, they are still very competitive in the market place. This is because First Option did not increase their Investment Loan and Interest Only Loan rates when the big banks raised them in the past.

Remember also that rate is not the only factor we consider when we design our mortgage loan products. Our members also save money and interest with the following features.

  • 100% mortgage offset account
  • Make extra loan repayments without penalty
  • No penalty for early payout of loan
  • No monthly loan fees

And for members with a First Option Home Loan Package:

  • Redraw fee is waived
  • Card transaction fees waived on your Access Account

For more information, download the full Interest Rate Schedule.