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Positive: good rates. Negative: losing track of submitted documents; poor communication internally and with client; inadequate, confusing and slow requests for information. Had the appearance of poor systems supporting the staff, and had to pro-actively manage them during the application process.
Not a happy experience
After some comparisons, reviews, etc I decided to approach them for a home loan. Rate was certainly attractive and initial team member was excellent to deal with. After going over some details & ascertaining what would be required we moved to submit an application and were given conditional pre approval.
Once we had found a property and advised them we were proceeding I found we had a different Account Manager who was also excellent as she worked to get this done. We started submitting all requested documentation and meeting all requested cond...itions. However, time was ticking down and whilst we kept getting assured things were on track we started to become concerned at the delays we were facing. There were 2 instances where they failed to respond to messages via the Ontrack portal which didn't help. We got to 1 week from due diligence when they changed the goalposts. I had informed them from the start I was self employed. Also from the start, they advised me company financials would NOT be required and I double checked with the consultant at the start to be sure, remembering that all calls are recorded. Now they suddenly required full company financials with only a week to go & my accountant was on leave :( Suddenly the lack of transparency became a major issue. With very little time left and a very intractable lender, my only way to resolve this was to go to my business bankers with an urgent request for help. Within 25 hours I had my funds. Yes, it cost me a slightly higher interest rate ( 1.87 vs 3.45 ) but at least I had my funds. From a big 4 bank no less. The other issue is I initially paid their quoted valuers fees only to be hit with a request for double that amount. Again, they didn't seem to know their own costs. Then the final rub. I was out & out lied to. As soon as it became clear that I may not be able to finance with them, I rang and discussed to see if there was any way forward. As it appeared no, I then asked for a copy of the valuation which I had paid for. I was informed they could not provide as it remained the property of the valuation firm, something I checked on & was advised most certainly not, it was indeed the property of loans.com.au. Again, I remind, all calls are recorded so all calls will be on record with them if they choose to check. All in all, it started very promisingly but dragged on and finally I withdrew the application. A major waste of time and the cause of major stress.
The worst home loan we have ever had! Hopefully we can refinance these thieves soon! They offered us good rates then 6 months after they lifted their home loan rate to over 3%! They advertise 2.46% but hey charge us 3.02%!!! They are the biggest scam on the Aussie home loan market! Nobody should deal with companies like loans.com.au!
refused any loan
Application was poor.
They Wont accept securely funded disability Applicants
Previously had home loan in passed via another organisation.
My advice is to take your business else where. e e
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...
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.
Bank balance decline
How can your income, credit check, deposit & valuation be approved, then you get declined because your bank balance will only be $5800 once your deposit is paid... shouldn’t a loan be approved based on your affordability to pay not your bank balance...
- Home Loans
No rate cuts, slightly lower rate offered for new customers only, even the big banks are offering better rates.
When I joined with Loans.com.au about two years ago they had one of the lowest rates available. Being an online only lender it allowed them to keep rates low as their overheads were much lower than the big banks (something they would mention quite frequently on their website and in discussion with their lending managers). Fast forward two years and even the big banks are offering better rates than what Loans.com.au is offering! I contacted the Loans Solutions team to try get a better rate or even to match the new customer rate which is slightly...less than what existing customers are on. I got told I can't but I could get a fixed rate loan for 2 years at what other lenders are offering for their variable rates. Here are some points that make that unattractive to me: 1). Commbank has a four year fixed rate @ 1.99% if I wanted to go fixed. 2). RBA has said the rate will not increase for the next 3-4 years, so there is no reason for me to go fixed when the only way the rate can go is down in the next few years if it does move. 3). Athena home loans and some others are offering variable interest rates at around 2.19% which is a lot better than your 2.63%. 4). Loans.com.au fixed rate loan terms are terrible. a). Interest rate is slightly higher than what some other lenders are offering for variable rates. b). Interest rate is significantly higher than what other lenders are offering for fixed rates. c). You lose any existing discount which means once the 2 years is up, you jump to an even higher rate.
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.
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.
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.
Not valuing existing customers
Generally once they got your business, they forget about you. The focus and good rates are only passed on to new customers. The catch is once you’re in, rate goes up. Customer care: uncontactable, only if you have a long time and relaxed nerves to wait on hold. Otherwise email, they get back to you in a few days. If you have fixed rate, forget about asking the break cost, they calculate the rate somehow that you never think about breaking your fixed rate which means you are stuck until the end of the fixed rate term.
- 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.
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!
Hi there, we're sorry to hear you're unhappy with your experience. We'd love to look into your case further. Can you please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name and phone number, and someone from our lending team will be in touch with you shortly.
Hi, I currently have a home loan with a credit union in Sth Australia. I have approx $190,000 still owing (with $70,000 in a re-draw account). Without the re-draw, the amount owing would be $260,000. My current interest rate is 2.99%. I saw your advertised rate of 1.99% and wondered if I could re-finance my Home Loan with your company instead? There are no exit fees with my current loan. What would the set up fees be to do this please? Thanks, Anna
Go on web site no set up fees UBank is offering a better rate of fixed 1.75%
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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