The National Australia Bank (NAB) are the first major to cut mortgage rates in response to yesterday’s 0.25% cut to official interest rates by the RBA, lowering their standard variable mortgage rate by 0.20% to 6.38%. From Property Observer:
NAB has announced that it will pass on 20 basis points out of the 25 basis points cut from the cash rate by the RBA yesterday.
The bank’s standard variable home loan rate will fall from 6.58% to 6.38% per annum on December 10 – the lowest of the major banks with the Commonwealth Bank (6.6%) and Westpac (6.71%) yet to make an announcement on rates and ANZ (6.6%) making its independent decision on Friday, December 14.
NABs head of personal banking, Lisa Gray said the rate cut delivers on its pledge to offer the lowest standard variable home loan rate of the major banks for 2012 – however the bank did not say whether it would continue with this pledge in 2013…
Gray said its decisions on interest rates were not taken lightly and the bank sought to strike the right balance between the cost of funding and offering competitive rates to customers.