- 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…
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...
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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.
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.
Quick initial turnaround and competitive rates but will shaft you post settlement
The application process was fine and the rates for new customers are competitive but nothing special. The standout is the quick turnaround on the loan application - 2-week approval and 4-week settlement - which was great. However, 3-4 months post settlement, a new rate was advertised for new customers at 16bps lower because the general marketplace has dropped rates. When I called their loan specialist, they straight out told me that they can’t do anything and possibly the best thing is to go elsewhere but I can’t do that for a few months. Then ...started to tell me of the significant exit fees if I were to discharge. The poor customer service really sucked on top of just pure deceptive behaviour from pricing. I will be refinancing and in this market where information is now more available I am disappointed that these lenders think they can lie and manipulate customers and get away with it. This will go to AFCA for sure.
Sham lenders!! Avoid at all costs!
BEWARE! Once they have your business they will screw you with higher interest rates within a few months and then give you lies about 'costs of lending' which is completely untrue as RBA is not changing or is actually decreasing rates...it's just a LIE so they can gouge you for more interest. You can ask for as many rate reviews from them as you like (but they limit it to only one every six months, another SCAM) but they will keep lying to you and never change your rate. Yet new customers always get better deals, existing customers get treated l...ike absolute trash. By raising the interest rate in the first few months they trap you because they know it's too expensive to move lenders again so you are stuck paying more, this is unconscionable conduct and I will be going to the Ombudsman about it, as they offer a honeymoon interest rate to attract business and then force people to pay more. My advice AVOID AT ALL COSTS YOU WILL GET SCREWED AND LIED TO!
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 f...rom 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%
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