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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?
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
They do not know the meaning of Loyalty
After with them for more than 5 years and them not willing to review their rates for existing customers, I would say they do not know the meaning of Loyalty or there is no such word as Loyalty in their dictionary. If you are planning to take out a loan with them, be warned. They may offer you a very good rate initially. But once you are sucked in and review your interest even after a year with the interest offered to new customers there will be significant difference.
Worst online lender - no rate cut yet
While all other lenders have reduced their rates following RBA decision. LoansComAu is still reviewing how much to reduce its by - just ridiculous. I have been a customer for over 5 years and know first hand their false promises. They attract new customers with low rates and then quickly increase it to make more money!!! Time to refinance.
October 4th 2019 Update: Always the last lender in Australia to pass RBA rate cuts!! Only concerned about profits!!!
Customers affairs comes last for these guys. While all lenders passed on cuts, they are still deciding (or making huge profits by not passing rates cuts). I’m switching to Athena!!
Rate creep after settlement - set & forget existing customers
I had been with Loans.com around 4 years, at one stage even with 2 different loan rates (gap of 0.24%) for same product, while a month later they even dropped further to 3.49 (ie. trap to new customers). Rates keeps increasing for existing customers even when market is going down, so in short - they only target new customers with discounted lower rate at the expense of exsting ones (with higher rates). looking for refinance options (with tic:toc or Athena seems to be better option)
Variable rate goes up, not advertised rate once you are a customer.
The rate you get when signing up, is great, after it rolls over it will be significantly higher. Yo can ask for a better rate and it will be marginally better but expect to pay .20% more. The account close rate is the highest I've seen also, so you cant just change lender. Loans.com look after new customers but not existing customers.
June 5th 2019 Update: Advertised is for NEW loans only.
When asked why we are paying more than the advertised variable rate, their reply:-
The cost of funding to a loan that has already settled however is not...
Discoordinated, unprofessional, waste of time
Trued to get the loan for appartment of the plan. Initial conditions of 90% LVR and high-density area (Wolli Creek) were the appartment is supposed to be were included in the application and the information provided clearly provided. Then the period of paper work came. All required documents were uploaded correctly. Loans did numerous mistakes in their forms which were corrected after a few requests. Finally application was submitted and preapproval issued. Then they were sent the agreement and this didn’t rise questions too. Finally, at the le...vel of valuation (we were explained they were planning to do a preliminary valuation of off-the-plan property, and we arranged the payment for it) something went wrong. They tried to arrange a visit of the appartment while it is a construction site, a valuation person called us completely confused not understanding why there is no appartment while everything was clear from the very beginning. All this mess ended up with secondary refusal stating that this is a high-density area where their loans starts only from 80% LVR. Obviously, people mixed all things us and does not have clear communications between department. Doesn’t feel like good place to search for loans. This is not a type of attitude one would like to have towards their money. P.S. paid valuation refunded.
Questions & Answers
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.
Has anybody gotten a fixed interest rate car loan with loans.com.au and their interest rate got suddenly changed during the fixed term loan period ? Are there any hidden fees or suprises on the way because I am on the stage of signing with them but the loan contract seems vague and subject to "changes". Anybody has an experience they want to share?
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