Our situation-buying two investment properties, total under $1 mil. Initial sales call made everything sound very easy. Experience was far from. Extremely painful at every step. Online software sucks big time. Partnering with loans.com.au is up there with life’s biggest regrets, never again. Good for basic home loan, anything beyond go elsewhere.
Endless obnoxious automated emails
The loan procedure was dotted with endless automated obnoxious emails and Web portals. At no stage did I talk to a single human being. Avoid this site as their service is impersonal beyond words and it meant the entire process we were treated as just another number. It was so garbage a service offer that i don't recall if they were timely or not with their process.
Works like a start up seems like no defined processes horrible customer device
Me and my husband were part of our application . Customer service often rejects my calls saying we had helped her husband with the fact that half information is provided to him . I was not sent all the documents to my account . Was not cc’ed in all email conversations . Technically when two people are applicants they should be provided with same information. Their mobile application was extremely faulty and was not accepting login credentials of my husband and on my login we donot have all documents to complete . When customer service sent emai...l to us they have sent half documents . While posting documents we had double checked with customer service that day new customer service officer informed documents were half sent to us so we had to do another round of getting verifications for rest of the documents .Due to horrible customer service we had to do urgent settlement and had to pay $300 extra for urgency .
Disappointing process from start to finish.
We decided on applying for an equity loan through loans.com.au after reading the encouraging reviews.
We had the initial phone call where pre approval was granted and we then set up the on track account that was supposed to be the direct portal for communications for the application process. Sadly it was pretty much all downhill from there. The on track portal was very frustrating where their were requests for multiple documents constantly. Messages sent with specific questions went unreplied. After submitting our application , a payment of...
Experience with loans.com as an old customer
what a pathetic customer service! They returned my phone call ,unfortunately the line was not very clear ,I could only hear some words ,within few seconds they hung up the phone and never called me back . Still more to write but I don't want to.
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.
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.
SMSF Invest Property Loan refinance
Wonderful man I spoke to originally. I tried to refinance my loan from StGeorge to a more competitive rate. This company has only just started taking applications for these types of loans. Their portal is clunky at best. I had promises broken, bad updates from many different staff (usually a different staff member each time ). I eventually got sick of waiting.... from the application being taken, I got up to over 5 weeks with still no answer. Up to 9 weeks now and still haven't got to settlement . I don't think this company is capable to arrange this specific type of finance, even though they advertise it and that the process is easy. I haven't done many things that are harder.
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.
Don't give you access to your property valuation report
As part of the loan approval process, lenders require a property valuation to be conducted on the property of interest. What loans.com.au does is get you to pay for the property valuation, but they refuse to release the report which YOU paid for. What is the explanation for this??? If we pay for something, we should be entitled to it.
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.
Bad Experience: Incompetent & Fake Loan Specialist
I have discussed my credit history and the loan details with their so call loan specialist because I don't want any credit enquiry if any issue, she said everything is good to go. I have applied but declined, when I have asked for reason for decline, they are saying as per guidelines it is declined but not sharing any reason. My credit report is being ruin because of their incompetence. They charged for property valuation $220 that no other lender i.e NAB, CBA, ANZ etc is charging. They said will refund $220 but after one week, but why?
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.
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!
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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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