- 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.
Initially great! But haven’t passed on interest rate cuts! What’s the point??
The customer service was great but I would no longer recommend. They didn’t pass on the interest rate cuts 3 times even though I was on variable. The point of being with them is that they have competitive rates but they are now higher then the big four. Disappointed!
Great for a new loan although for existing customers terrible.
I have been with loans.com.au for 5 years (home loan). Paid off 445k loan within 5 years of a 500k loan. As my 5 year interest only loan expired they would only give me a .2% reduction although a new loan would have been .7% less. Basically they don't care about existing customers but only new customers. I have now organised my home loan to go to another bank. Don't bother with them. There are heaps of other lenders that believe looking after their existing customers.
Unethical, unhelpful and purely organised.
I overpay my mortgage, never miss a payment, and have a large mortgage which is safe due to our professions being government. The application process was a joke - sorry but I would love to know how you people think the admin should be done. Literally took 5 times to get documents sorted - 24 hrs application was over a month - apparently, the software was doing it wrong and it took a team to fix it but only on my profile of our mortgage and not on my husband. Then the fiasco of the direct debit which they kept getting the account details wron...g which after 3 month of messing around we told them to stop trying - we sorted it by BPAY. No one year later when they have nothing to do they have brought out an interest rate 0.68% lower than my current rate and they are refusing to let existing customers move to a better rate. - Disgusting. They are also not a bank just some money lender in Queensland. If you want a cheap rate and have zero interaction then go ahead but anyone who expects more than a couple of figures on a page - which is all we want incidentally go elsewhere.
Do not go with loans.com.au because they treat existing customers very bad
As is the case with many borrowers with loans.com.au, I was enticed by the initially low rates. However, the lender raised rates a number of times, even when the Reserve Bank didn't raise rates. When the Reserve Bank drop, they do not pass the full interest rate cut to me. Instead they pass it on to new customers. If you look at the interest rate they are giving to new customers, there is a difference of 0.34%.(they are currently giving new customers 2.57%, but they are giving me 2.91% for exactly same owner occupier product) I have contacted...loans.com.au to see if they can match my interest rate with new customers. They said they cannot because the funding is different as they keep finding excuses. When they increase the interest rate for me, they keep saying it's associated with funding costs. But it's hard to believe because other banks are not doing what they are doing to their existing customers. Not sure if this is loan sharking?
These people have no clue of what is going on in the outside world or pay attention to particular circumstances like the big 4 banks do... All they see is you owe me this and then send out an old guy on a motorbike to drop off a letter haha good one. I've called 5 times once a week and all I get is, "someone will call you back tomorrow".
Just remember I have paid off the whole loan in interest only! and now I have lost my job and you want 6k.. all banks have a button to defer for 6months and you want a complicated waste of time pdf... get rea...l. Firstmac are the worst don't be sucked into the Pink we are pro-women hype it is all a FACADE and behind the doors are greedy men laughing at you with no care in the world. For what should if profit a man if he should gain the whole world? ... but lose his own soul.
Follow up was a waste of time
I followed up. Although my fixed rate is almost up (about 1% higher than variabke) I will still be charged a fee. They dont care if I leave. Customer care is zero
Existing customers get high interest rates & poor service
If I could go back 5 years I would run away from loans com.au as fast as possible. Similar to other customers who've posted reviews of their experience, we were also lured in by their advertised rates only for them to hike the rates on us over the years. We're good customers with 3 loans with them as well as savings of $200k plus & have never missed a repayment. However it seems they don't care about retaining our business, they've not bothered to return our calls about lowering our rates so we've sourced a better deal through a mortgage broker...& will be moving all of our money elsewhere. As far as our experience goes, there are much better deals out there with far superior customer service than offered by loans.com.au. Would rate them zero stars if possible.
Like big banks, sucks you in and keeps rates high
Joined 4 years ago. Rates kept on creeping up against benchmark. Recently tried to call to discuss rate change. After 12 days and 4 calls and two firm complaints to staff still zero response. I wanted to give them a chance to reduce the rates - which are now higher than the rates advertised by the big 4 - so that neither of us have to waste time changing. As one can expect, once you are a customer, you are treated poorly, and the rates will keep increasing to above the big 4.
Loans.com.au are scammers - beware..
loans.com.au are notorious for gauging their existing customers. They suck in customers with a competitive ‘bait price‘ and then after 6 months will try every trick in the book to screw their exisiting customers for more money. In recent years this has been by achieved by either not passing on rate cuts or gauging their customers with rates hikes due to “increases in wholesale lending”. It’s funny that they don’t decrease home loan rates when wholesale lending costs come down like they did in 2019.
All customers with loans.com.au end up paying much much higher rates than the industry average. This is a terrible company with a disgraceful business model and I urge you to avoid this company at all costs.
Doesn't look after existing customer
First it attracts you with low interest rate and after becoming customer,loan.com.au treat us like we are nothing. I call them everytime when reserve bank cut interest rate but Everytime I here I am getting best interest rate blah..blah..blah . I am normal person and do not understand other than interest rate. My intreset rate is 3.22 variable now and my friend who went with other bank same time when both bank have same interest rate ,her interest rate is 2.69 variable only. What a shame..
Not Good Once You Become Their Customer
The introductory rate was good with offset account. However, my rate bumped up twice within the first 6 months after I became their customer. Called a couple of times for a rate review but they would not lower their rate at all. Not to mention most of lenders have passed on the RBA cut recently but Loans.com.au always find excuses not to fully pass it or don't pass it at all.
If you are casual or self-employed, be prepared to give them 3 years of income history, at least that's what happened to me. Also be aware it's not free when you decide to leave them.
Good to start, don't look after existing customers
Since joining Loans.com.au the interest rate for new customers has dropped much lower than existing customers. They are not interested in dropping for existing customers either. Looking to refinance elsewhere.
the rates are introductory only - after a year or two they bump your product to a rate that is way worse than the market
I have been with loans.com.au since 2014. The rate was good at first, hence I went with them. A couple of years later I saw a massive gap between my rate and rates advertised for new customers. My rate now is way worse then the market rate and when queried they even say the rates are for new customers only. They won't be new forever so they will also suffer in a couple of years. I am currently organising a refinance with another bank (although a more annoying because property prices have come down a lot) - hence I am for the moment a prisoner w...ith loans.com.au. My advice, choose another tradional bank but make them fight for your business (must ask for the base rate and discount off the base rate, and if that discount is for the life of the loan).
Bad customer experience, higher rates for existing customers
Avoid these guys, plenty of other lenders
Good 5 years ago, but do not communicate rate changes clearly, would not rectify their mistakes.Worst they have higher rates for existing customers now.
18 months into 30 years
Best rate when we applied, but they don't pass on rate cuts to existing loans, only to new customers, now I'm refinancing away from loans.com.au as they are ~0.5% above the market price. They happily watch customers leave, take your loan to Athena the first time...
Avoid - after almost 5 years with loans.com.au They do not give you the service you deserve!
Initially, they were great, easy process, great rate. Within a very short time the rate was increased multiple times (RBA did not raise) claiming borrowing costs overseas impacted the business, no choice but to raise interest rate. The rate went from competitive to higher than major banks. Customer service is terrible, for an online bank, they do not make it easy for customers to contact. If you email/message them through the online portal, they reply you have to call them. When you call, you are then placed on hold for over half hour wait...ing to speak to a customer service rep - this happened on multiple occasions. If you have a query in relation to any pending transactions on your savings/cheque account, they are no help at all. They give you a stock standard reply to contact the merchant, they cannot help but don't worry, if the transaction hasn't become "financial" within 30 days, it will automatically expire! Bad luck if it's a significant amount and you cannot contact the merchant, you literally have to wait 30 days to access your OWN money!! I would never deal with an online bank again, happy we have now refinanced with the Bank Of Melbourne - at least I can walk into a branch and have any queries/concerns dealt with in a professional manner. Would not recommend loans.com.au
Don't be fooled
The initial service, fees, and rates were good. Now they offer new customers much lower rates and blame funding tranches. Existing clients ripped off. They will not reply to emails. The service is shocking.
- Home Loans
Does not treat Existing Customers Fairly!!!
I have been with loans.com.au for 4.5 years. They have consistently failed to pass on in full the RBA cash rate reductions. When I first joined them the gap between the RBA rate and my variable rate was 2.06%, but the gap to the RBA rate is now 2.57%. My rate is now 0.5% higher than the rate offered to new customers !!!! I challenged them on this and asked for a reduction but they gave me lots of poor excuses. I am leaving them. Do not sign up to this company, they will not look after you.
A little bit tricky
Applied for a Smart home loan which was an easy process through onTrack, pre-approval was given as I have a 20% deposit. When it came to purchasing the house I paid for the valuation which was $220 dollars as they do not pay for this. Once the valuation came back it was 40k less than the purchase price. In all honesty, I think the valuer just did a drive past and did not look into even the street sales. Two houses on the same street sold above the property I was looking for which I found funny. Either way, I believe this company shows you an am...azing interest rate but will value the house lower by a fair bit. Then they will offer you a higher interest rate and pay LMI ontop. In this case, they offered me a 3.09% interest rate and to pay lmi on top because I didn't have the 40k to pay upfront. Be aware I think these small banks try to build up equity this way or to catch you on to a higher interest rate once you are on the final processes of purchasing.
Watch out - attractive interest rate and then....
Satisfactory customer service, however loans.com.au are very arrogant and unwilling to negotiate when interest rates become very uncompetitive (+0.75%) above their advertised rate! When approached and a review of the rate I was paying was requested, they refused! So ultimately I've switched to another institution. Watch out and do your homework - Not recommended.
Stay far away from this bait
Do not expect to get the rates advertised on the website. Thats not what you will be on just a few months after. Completely disappointing experience for me. Learn from my mistake.
WARNING - Read the one star feedback first!! There is a very real difference between old and new customers comments.
Watch out for Loans.Com.au. They entice you in with attractive 'new' rates, only to then slowly make your home loan uncompetitive over time. At first I was very happy with the product.
But as all the interest rates were going down, Loans.com increased mine blaming some increased funding cost on the international market!!
They also don't pass on the full interest rate cuts by the RBA, so over time, my daughter's home loan rate with the Commonwealth Bank (a big four) was better than mine!
So I decided to call them to discuss this anomaly, as the...
Lure you in with low rate, then raise it after you are with them while no one raise rate. Dodgy documentation fee of 250 for discharge , not sure if this is even legal. Pathetic retention team. The whole operation is basically using existing customers money to fund new customer discount. If old customer dont leave, they are profitable. If they leave, they got sludged with expensive fees. Stay away. There are better lenders out there.
BEWARE: Loyalty tax for existing customers. Access to lower advertised rates blocked! Date: Aug 2019
I refinanced our home loan 3 years ago with loans.com.au. Standard P&I loan. It was a long process which I came close to withdrawing my application a number of times due to frustrations. I persisted because I was lured by the low advertised interest rate. However, over time my interest rate has crept slowly up and now well above their advertised rates. BEWARE, as an existing customer you will be locked out and unable to get their lower advertised rates. Loyalty tax on existing customers. A fact well hidden. Transparency?
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