Still stressed by the experience
Had many problems including a change of their system no longer withdrawing loan amount from linked account, talking to representatives who provided false information and these resulted in extra payments and default notices. Also took 13 thousand off the money sitting on top mortgage without notice. Closed accounts without any communication- very stressful.
ME provides the opposite of customer service
last year ME Bank stuffed up my redraw facility. Now I have been on hold for an hour so far because they do not answer their phones, and you have to request a loan discharge form over the phone. Forget doing business with this worthless lot.
Hopeless bank as once existing customer. Been unable to update my home loan. It’s been six weeks and 3rd attempt
3 times I have tried to reduce my rate for my homeland. Currently awaiting paperwork to be emailed and so far it’s been six weeks. Very unhelpful and very slow to help you reduce your home loan rate but quick to ring if my credit card is overdue. Very frustrating and hopeless bank once you are an existing customer
Incompetent and arrogant. Don't fall for the cool marketing image!
This bank projects a cool and friendly image in its ads, but don't believe the marketing. The reality is a mixture of incompetence and arrogance. The first giveaway was in the lead-up to my home loan settlement, when the bank sent me a package of 4 documents to sign, but with one of the four documents missing. This was a completely standard owner-occupier loan that they probably write thousands of each year... how hard can it be to send 4 simple documents? It was all downhill from there. They managed to link my online savings account to a...nother ME account (instead of an external account), which meant that I was unable to access my money in the account - had to waste more time of the phone to fix a problem that should not have happened in the first place. I was promised a 0.25% discount on my home loan as a NTEU member, this discount mysteriously disappeared after just a couple of months - never received any explanation or a reason from the bank. Interest rate cuts (2019-2020) were routinely either not passed on at all or only partially passed on. When I decided to refinance, I called ME Bank on the off-chance that they might offer me something better rather than lose me altogether; the customer service person I spoke to was so obnoxiously arrogant that there was no doubt in my mind after that call about going elsewhere. Their "parting gift" to me was to delay my refinance settlement by a month because they lost a document my conveyancer had sent to them early in the process. This one month has cost me several hundred $$ in extra interest. Needless to say, I am glad to have said "Good Bye" to them, and I have no intention of ever dealing with this pathetic excuse for a bank!
Started out great!! Have become bad!!!
Found ME to be excellent for the first 15 years or so, couldn't be better. Going down the gurgler in the last few years!! Their rates were always quite a bit below others in the past, now one of the most expensive around which is hard to believe as they are not a full blown bank with branches etc to cost in?? Wait times on the phone are long & then told someone will call you back within the next 2 days???? What!! I finally get a day off during the week when I can call & sort stuff to be told that, ridiculous!!!!! When we call you guy's we need ...to talk to someone there & then when we are in our home/work office with all relevant info, pen, paper, computer in front of us. Not at work sweating, in front of customers, unable to concentrate with nothing at hand that we need to make the call useful. Also new customers get looked after better than us 17 year loyal customers with offers of more attractive interest rates. To be fair they did drop my rate after asking for a better deal but it still wasn't very competitive. I think I need to leave this crowd.
Worst bank and customer service
Did a construction loan with ME Bank, sent application through for stage one payment as well as requested documents for the bank to be told it’s been completed and funds will be in building account in 24 hours to then receive a call a week later saying we can’t pay the builder due to a discrepancy with no explanation or detailed reason why. I have been calling everyday for the past month to be told the same thing over and over again that a team leader will call me, I am get to receive any phone call from the team leader or any explanation of what is going on even though we have settled the loan more then 2 months ago. Do not waste you time with this bank!
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Had verbal pre-approval from an ME representative to buy a house more than a year ago. Good loyal client with strong savings record. Borrowing well within limits. Permanent, covid-safe job. Recently successfully bid at auction, subject to finance (14 days). ME messed us around for 5 weeks and then finally said no. No real explanation, nothing in writing.
Many others would have lost their deposit at that point. Fortunately a rival bank has been very helpful. Stress was increased by a lack of communication. We had to do all the following up with ...
Mebank ripped me off, charging $400 on top of a high rate. When I stopped them taking my $400 they increased interest to 4.75%. 11 years as a customer. Scum.
Good initial offer BUT difficult and extremely time consuming communications
For an investment property loan ME was absolutely a pain to deal with. At the end of my initial term I wanted to continue with interest only payments. I submitted many documents over after their many requests over several weeks then to be rejected.
Call centre staff rude and incompetent
We have been trying to get rate reduction correspondence sent out over the past 2 months. We need this information for both our accountant and the ATO. Five times we have rung and messaged Me bank to ask why we haven't received mail that was promised to be sent out via express post, only to be told it was never ever coded into the system. but they will message you to say it has been posted numerous times. We have also rung and emailed 4 times asking for redraw monies to be reversed only to be told again it was never ever coded into system.......Why is the call centre taking calls and never entering or coding it into the system .... but the worse thing of all is l stated l was a loyal customer of nearly 30 years and on a disability pension only to be laughed at and belittled. Absolute contempt for there customers able or disabled. I am sick of getting discriminated against by this Bank and its call centre. They really need to be held accountable for there poor attitude and treatment of all customers whether disabled or able bodied..
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Do Not Get A Home Loan With This Bank
Received a letter today telling me that my available redraw had been reduced over $10k but that quote".... the total amount outstanding and the time remaining on your home loan all remain the same." That is in spite of paying well over the minimum payment required for over 2 years. I will be complaining to Australian Financial Complaints Authority. I am just flabberghasted that a bank can decide to more or less take your extra funds without permission!
Absolutely terrible - will raise your interest rate as soon as they can
Raise interest rate a month after signing up but lie and say they won't if you purchase their "member package", lost my paperwork prior to settlement which delayed it by days, delay processing your pay so you can't organise direct debits, send texts you have missed a mortgage payment when you haven't, statements don't accurately reflect each other even though all accounts are with Me. Will keep you in the phone forever and then laugh at you when you question their system their banking ap has constant glitches and is never up to date. I seriously regret going with them and will bail as soon as possible.
SERIOUSLY! DO NOT TOUCH!!
Delay! Delay! Delay! Get used to those words. This is the worst bank we have ever had to deal with, they charge numerous fees and give zero service, the terms of the loan were even incorrect, eg. frequency of repayment, fixed or variable. You can do bank to bank transfer out of their accounts, but don’t try to transfer in, they are NOT registered for that service. They outsource valuations, their solicitors, all with added fees. They do not communicate, they charge heaps and give worthless service.
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ME Bank is becoming more like a lender of last resort - Beware
Have a loan that's just come off its fixed rate and been a customer of ME bank for 5 years. No problems of note in that time. However was recently confronted by a smug, condescending individual on the phone that showed zero empathy and willingness to assist. Basically it seems ME will hook you in with decent, even low rates then hit existing customers with higher than acceptable rates at first opportunity. I went from 3.69% fixed for 3 years to now, 4.20% variable P&I!! This is in an environment where the official cash rate is 0.75% people! They are refusing to budge and my only option is: fix now or else. I know which option I'll be taking and will vote with my feet. Such a pity because I didn't contemplate leaving.
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once you approve a home loan how long before i get the loan documents to sign? & then how long does it take for my refinance from my existing lender (choicelend) to go through? thanks
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