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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…
stick with the real banks...
they threatened to freeze my account because I fully offset my loans.
they also made discharging my loan so difficult. no forms available online, I had to call them up and go through the rigmorale with their retention process and taking way longer than normal banks. really unhappy with the process.
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
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.
- 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.
Terrible company glad to be gone.
Was with them for over 4 years. Horrible rate hikes out of step with the RBA. Then not even passing on the rate cuts. So glad to be out, but they made refinancing difficult.
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.
Have actively taken steps to make it more difficult for customers to compare interest rates
Loans.com.au have taken away the ability to view the interest rate being charged on your loan accounts. Previously this was always visible on their online banking platform through the account details section. Now account details shows basic account information but no longer tells you what interest rate you are being charged. There is only one possible reason for the removal of this information - to make it even more difficult for customers to know what rates they are paying and to compare them to the market. You would think in the wake of the r...oyal commission lenders would have stopped playing these sorts of games. I've been a customer for almost 15 years and have noticed a steady decline in competitiveness (for existing customers) and service. Unimpressed.
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.
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.
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...
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
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.
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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