Non-major hikes IO rates by up to 80 basis points

While rates have risen for new and existing IO mortgage holders, the bank has reduced rates for several P&I mortgages

Non-major hikes IO rates by up to 80 basis points



Bendigo Bank will adjust its mortgage pricing to address competitor movements and respond to regulatory caps on growth, after a decision made at its regular pricing committee meeting.
Managing director Mike Hirst said the changes reflect the requirement to meet the regulator’s expectations while responding to the ultra-competitive owner occupied mortgage pricing market for new lending.   
“When setting interest rates our bank needs to consider many factors and carefully take into account the needs of our stakeholders including customers, shareholders, staff, partners and the broader community,” Hirst said.
“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, all while ensuring our pricing remains market competitive and provides the strategic springboard for accelerated growth.
“There is an intrinsic link between the profits our bank generates and the economic and social sustainability of the hundreds of communities in which we operate.  We value the continued commitment of our customers as we strive to grow our business in an extremely competitive market.   
“We believe the changes announced today puts the bank in the best position to achieve this and ensuring we remain well below the 30 percent interest only settlements cap and 10 per cent growth limit for investor loans,” he said.
The following pricing changes will occur, effective Friday 14 July;
  • Variable interest rates will increase by 0.30% for existing owner occupied interest only customers and 0.40% for existing investment interest only customers
  • New business interest only variable rates will increase by 0.40% to 0.80% with fixed interest only rates increasing by 0.10% to 0.40%
  • New Business investment P&I variable rates will decrease by 0.15% with fixed P&I interest rates decreasing by up to 0.30 %
“We will also continue to waive the $625 application fee for all owner occupied purchases and external refinances that take out a Bendigo Connect P&I product,” Hirst said.
“Customers currently paying interest only repayments are encouraged to convert to principal and interest repayments. Where the customer meets the lending criteria, the application and settlement fees will be waived.
“We will continue to assess the market conditions and make any subsequent changes as required to maintain our competitiveness, balance our regulatory restrictions while supporting our customers and their communities,” he said.

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