the home loan process does ask for a lot of documents but to be fair I am organized so it took me less than 30 min to pull everything together. Just the usual bank statement, bills, payslips, etc. Caroline Bi has been fantastic I forgot how lovely it is to deal with polite, professional organised people. Looking forward to having a bank to talk to again.
Conservative bank with competitive home loan pricing
HSBC loan approval process is a bit protracted, they do ask for more documents than other banks and they do sometime asks somewhat silly follow-up credit verification questions. However our relationship manager was top notch, with timely communication and follow-ups. HSBC is not one of those banks that will throw credit at anything that moves (hint: royal commission), they are conservative, aka old fashioned bank in a good sense when it comes to credit checks. And I'd rather have it that way.
Lose interest on refinance
I did refinance in HSBC, it's the worst decesion I made. I spent a lot of time on it as they asked for more than double documents than the normal bank and made me signed 3 times. They told me to transfer the balance on my offset account to the home loan account at the same day of refinance. I did it and found they didn't transfer it to my HSBC account. I had to wait as it was the public holiday and tried to get the balance back to the offset account, then transferred it to my HSBC account myself. It spent more than one week, I had to bear my in...terests losing and a lot of time wasted. The banker didn't know what she should do at all and didn't reply me after my refinance was done. They even took deposit to make me push the previous bank to complete the refinance process, this is the worest serveice I met.
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