Kiwibank is the third lender to announce a big increase in home loan rates

Kiwibank raises a range of rates.


Kiwibank raises a range of rates.

Another day, another bank raises interest rates by 50 basis points.

Kiwibank has lifted a range of its fixed rate home loan terms.

Its special six-month rate goes from 5.45% to 5.95%. Its one-year rate goes from 5.39% to 5.89%, its two-year rate from 5.65% to 6.15%, its three-year rate from 5.89% to 6.29%, its four-year rate from 5.99% to 6.39% and its five-year rate from 5.99% to 6.39%.

Standard rates, which are available to people who are not eligible for special rates, increased by a similar margin. The five-year fixed standard rate is now 7.19%.

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A Kiwibank spokesperson said the bank is offering advice for those concerned about managing a rising interest rate environment, including planning ahead, reviewing spending, structuring the right their home loan, debt consolidation and maintaining good habits.

“Collective household budget management can help identify opportunities to be as profitable as possible.

“For example, are there multiple service subscriptions that you could simplify into one? Could you create a separate account for discretionary spending? Or, agree on what are ‘must haves’ versus ‘nice to have’,” he said.

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“While we don’t know for how long rates will rise and by how much they will rise, maintaining good habits that you introduce over the business cycle can help prepare you for possible rate increases in the future. the future.

“For example, higher interest rates will mean higher minimum repayments. When rates start to come back down, if you keep your payments the same, you’ll repay your loan principal faster, while maintaining a reserve if your minimum repayments increase again in the future.

Broker Glen McLeod of Edge Mortgages urged borrowers not to panic.

“What is happening now is a normal part of the business cycle. The Reserve Bank is doing its job to fight inflation.

“By raising interest rates, they’re trying to stop you from spending. This in turn reduces demand, which then reduces inflation.

He said people who were paying more than necessary when rates were low may have the option to ease their repayments now.

“This cycle will pass, however we will go through some pains along the way.”

Westpac said Thursday that it raised mortgage rates from 44 basis points to 54 basis points.

Its one-year special rate was to rise by 54 basis points to 5.99% and its two-year special rate by 44 basis points to 6.19%.

Rates for those who did not have at least 20% equity to qualify for the “special” rates range from 6.59% for terms of six months and one year to 6.89% for five years .

It followed that of ANZ announcement wednesday that it would increase its fixed-term mortgage rates.

The three banks also raised term deposit rates, but to a lesser extent than the increase in home loans.