Great Rates, nightmare application process
The initial consultation and rates offered were great which inspired me to choose to go with Loans.com.au over another comparable process.
And then began the application process.
Instead of getting a list of all of the required documentation/information at the beginning of the process, the requirements kept evolving as the process went on.
What should have been a straightforward process took significantly longer due to the shifting goal posts.
The quality and timeliness of communications dropped significantly as the process went on as well.
Overall experience was satisfactory, a few small improvements could make it great.
People were friendly and helpful. You need to be pro active and follow the progress yourself otherwise things don’t move forward. Was mislead on valuation cost. Wasn’t contacted after settlement so had to call asking about offset account and how to get a visa debit cards. I think we settled at a busy time.
- Home Loans
NOT Recommended - stressful, confusing, inefficient
Do not be taken in by the low advertised rate. While the interest rate is as advertised, we found the whole process with Loans.com.au confusing, with conflicting instructions received depending on who picked up the phone, and different instructions on the Loans.com.au portal (OnTrack) vs what was received verbally or via email. While we were supposed to be assigned with a Loan Manager, we hardly ever got to speak with the same person twice.
Loans.com.au had a tendency to (1)send multiple document requests & not everything was requested at once...; (2) requests or additional instructions sent on Friday evening close to the end of business day, which meant we lost processing days to weekends. To make matters worse, because of Loans.com.au inefficiency, we had to pay THEM for expedited processing to avoid delaying our Settlement for too many days and incurring a bigger penalty by the vendors. It was distressing and absolutely unfair we had to pay for their non-streamlined processes. Felt all most like we were dealing with amateurs or almost as if the low advertised rates was a ruse so that they end up earning from additional expedited processing fees. Not happy! Not recommended
Inhuman Service from uncaring people
I am a counsellor and disability support worker trying to rescue a dear friend from destitution. My friend was suffering through domestic violence for over three years. He was the victim of financial and emotional abuse. Unfortunately his partner fraudulently created a situation that led to me falling into arrears. Despite the turmoil and mental health crisis he was undergoing and is still healing through. He offered a reasonable settlement and repayment by accessing his super and would cover over 65% of the arrears with the rest of the amount...to be paid off with a fair and reasonable payment plan. This offer was rejected by one of the cruelest individuals i have encountered involved in customer service and financial lending. I feel they use predatory lending practices against vulnerable people who are trying their best to heal in the home They worked hard to secure. On top of refusing a reasonable payment arrangement according to the financial legislation is required by them to consider. They went further to put unnecessary legal fees on top of the arrears putting him into further debt and distress. The only proposition made to settle the account was to force him to sell my home. This company, who is in the business of obtaining the means of securing houses for property, are vindictively trying to create an insecure future for me. Do not be fooled by their low interest rates, because they have no heart when it comes to helping people get out of situations they have the ability to do. These lending practices are predatory at best and intentionally malicious at worst. He has been personally damaged by the utter lack of service he received and now we both have to work harder to battle against decisions made that put him into further financial hardship and risk of homelessness. This will consume so much of my energy and time that I will be unable to focus on helping others and preventing severe injustices. Don’t borrow from these people, they’ll force you to mortgage your future before they let you recover a past trauma that is ongoing.
Moving goalposts and clunky service model
Was tempted by the rate- would be fine if you have ample time and over 40% LVR. Found that the service model is call centre based and you will have at least 3 “reps” through the process lots of repeating yourself, paperwork going missing and takes you to drive the process. Also to note they make you pay for your own valuation (unlike the big 4) and they don’t lend to outside city centres. The team were always friendly but got the impression they feel very hamstring also by the inflexibility of their process. Ended up changing providers and had other competing priorities during the buying process, not worth the extra drama for the 0.10% interest rate difference. Would like to have supported a smaller business but yeah…
Discharging from Loans.com.au due to very high interest rates. The customer service kept changing originally agreed discharging date accusing another bank. Who is dishonest? Made complaint to AFCA. Trying to resolve discharging issues
- Home Loans
Initial low interest rate will rise
I refinanced by mortgage several years ago with this company due to the much lower interest rate on offer. However this didn’t last & the interest rate crept up either due to them not passing on rate cuts or occasionally increasing their rate because of ‘addition funding costs’. As a result the interest is now higher than that my from my previous borrower.
It is also significantly higher than the interest rate being offered to new customers on their website.
I have no issue with the service I received in dealing with this company.
Great at first, then goes bad.
Excellent refinancing a few years ago. Very pleased. However interest rate cuts are not passed on and we were left with no option but to refinance with another lender at much better interest rates.
Terrible Product, feels like I got SCAMMED
Do not sign up with Loans.com.au, it is a scam and not worth the money or time!
Rates were very competitive when i first signed up 3 years ago, however after a few out of cycle rate rises and RBA rate cuts (not passing on), this my current rate is barely comparable even to the big 4. My loan rate is not even close to what is being advertised by Loans.com.au
Seems to me the strategy is to sign you up and hope you cant be bother to leave.
To be honest, i dont even understand why anyone would sign up with these guys now with other similar compan...
- Home Loans
Terrible customer service and incorrect interest rate received
I haven't received the interest rate received I was promised which was 1.99% for all my loans. There was clearly a mistake on their part as I have 3 loans, all now with different interest rates, despite been offered 1.99% which is also detailed on their website. The loans have now settled and they have basically told me there is nothing that can be done. They have formally responded saying they have listened back to my call and 1.99% was never offered, despite when I initially raised my complaint the team member placed me on hold to listen back...top the call and acknowledged that I was offered the interest rate if 1.99% across all 3 loans and that they should be able to "sort it out". Very misleading company, its quite annoying that I have to resort to leaving a review like this to try and prompt them resolve the issue. If you don't give me the interest rate we agree which I'm sure you can easily do, I'm just going to transfer money I have elsewhere to completely fill my offset account so that you get no additional interest at all. You will actually be loosing money as you are holding the loan liability while not getting any interest at all. I have been dealing with [name removed]
Non Bank Lender becomes a Bank!
Firstly the positives - the application and settlement process went fairly smoothly, however from there it has been a downhill slope. They get you in on a good rate and then fail to pass on many of the RBA cuts so you end up on a Big 4 bank rate which largely defeats the purpose of going with them in the first place. When you query your rate you deal with someone in their Loan Solutions team who has little authority to give you anything and then when you go higher up the chain you are given the usual blurb about tight funding margins (isn't t...heir funder their parent company) and offered fixed rates which when you delve deeper have high revert rates at the end of the fixed term period. I wonder if they will pass on increases in RBA rates when they eventually happen? I think they work off the theory that the majority of customers can't be bothered to move so they make profits however poorly they treat customers. The high number of 1 star reviews shows I am not alone in my thinking. For those looking at non bank lenders I would give Reduce Home Loans, HomeStar Finance or Athena Home Loans a go - their rates are far more competitive. I was subsequently offered a review of my rate which I accepted by emailing the Loan Solutions team, however I never received a reply - at least the service is consistent.
Bad Experience: Incompetent & Fake Loan Specialist
I have discussed my credit history and the loan details with their so call loan specialist because I don't want any credit enquiry if any issue, she said everything is good to go. I have applied but declined, when I have asked for reason for decline, they are saying as per guidelines it is declined but not sharing any reason. My credit report is being ruin because of their incompetence. They charged for property valuation $220 that no other lender i.e NAB, CBA, ANZ etc is charging. They said will refund $220 but after one week, but why?
Possibly the worst retail experience
From start to almost finish - this has been one of the worst retail experiences I have endured. I have arranged three loans to be refinanced with this crew and the Apps and electronic support have failed (despite several calls to fix it), information requests (typically via the app) have been duplicated and even when messaged have not been removed (potentially slower settlement), the support member allocated to my deal simply doesn't listen. Conversations for Third Party access suddenly stopped. Generally expect different answers from staff m...embers (but occasionally you get a staff member whom you thinks know what they're doing). Staff generally poorly trained and electronic support if terrible. Don't get sucked into the low interest rates - you'll regret it. It has been a long, slow painful experience. After almost 4 weeks, still waiting to hear about an extra $1,200 charged at settlement for two of my three loans.
very bad service once you convert your loan to them
Loans.com.au attract new customers with low rate to start, but once you become their customer, they will ignor your request for refinance, or provide better mortage rates, or discharge forms request. We signed up with loans.com.au since mid 2015, after one year lower rate fix, our fix rate or variable rate has been always more than 1% higher than the equivilent new customer's rate. We requested numerous time, they would not do anything about it. Upon we request to discharge, they keep delay in more than a week to send out discharge form.......while other bank can send out within 60 minutes in same period of time. Their excuses are unacceptable.... eg. the fund that we drawn down when you signed up was in a higher cost, that is why your variable rate will be much higher than current market rates... we need to check a lot before discharge form send out...
- Home Loans
Need to pass rate cuts being an online lender
I refinanced to LCA few years back, as LCA, being a few online lender at that time, was offering competitive rates. Whilst I felt that they have a reasonably good Customer Service and online user experience (smooth settlement process and quick turnaround time for responding to queries etc.), however when it comes to passing the rate cuts to their customers over the last couple of years, they are not as quick as the other new online/Fintech lenders. Sometimes they pass only a certain percentage of the rate cut and sometimes they don't pass the rate cut at all.
Questions & Answers
Thank you @CeeJay for your review. I wish I had seen this sooner as I am facing the same delays and issues with my home loan application. I’m not confident they will come through even though My case is simple and straightforward with all docs submitted. Definitely should avoid loans.com.au!
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When will we find out about rate cuts? I must add I’ll be very disappointed if it isn’t passed on and passed on in full.
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