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.
Great for a new loan although for existing customers terrible.
I have been with loans.com.au for 5 years (home loan). Paid off 445k loan within 5 years of a 500k loan. As my 5 year interest only loan expired they would only give me a .2% reduction although a new loan would have been .7% less. Basically they don't care about existing customers but only new customers. I have now organised my home loan to go to another bank. Don't bother with them. There are heaps of other lenders that believe looking after their existing customers.
Like big banks, sucks you in and keeps rates high
Joined 4 years ago. Rates kept on creeping up against benchmark. Recently tried to call to discuss rate change. After 12 days and 4 calls and two firm complaints to staff still zero response. I wanted to give them a chance to reduce the rates - which are now higher than the rates advertised by the big 4 - so that neither of us have to waste time changing. As one can expect, once you are a customer, you are treated poorly, and the rates will keep increasing to above the big 4.
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.
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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 f...rom our lending team will be in touch with you shortly.
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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