Worst bank experience in 25 years
My Odyssey in Bankingland
Three times i had to resend a discharge form for a sttlement of our property in Brisbane. MEBank has never confirmed or otherwise if documents sent were in order. A week later - we called them (40-45 mins) and were informed that we had to resend documents again (it was our inexperience). One would think that bank will get back to you by email or phone to let you know? Not really. It was entirely our problem
---second call (just under 40 mins) a representative went through our forms and confirmed several times that ev...
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.
Customer service does not exist
When trying to close out mortgages there is always a delay even after being given six weeks notice. Each time they have blamed someone else however taking the opportunity to charge the extra interest. This has happened three times. It appears to be a trend.
Frustrating customer service
I've hated dealing with ME Bank since my broker used them for my home loan. They consistently give advice for the wrong product, or only partial answers for another product. I've asked them to investigate advice I was given over the phone and they ignore the question. They refuse to acknowledge that I can't access their phone service due to disability trying to push everything through a case manager that won't help. Email assistance turn around time can be a high as 10 business days and due to partial or generic advice mean a further 10 days ...as you try to get them to answer. Assisted calls mean a wait of 30 minutes to 2 hours if you don't get cut off or hung up on. Some of this I could absorb if the product was worth it but my loan interest rate is more than twice that of other banks and I've already negotiated They have no interest or respect for their customers eg: when I was taking out my loan I was called "dude" by a representative multiple times. The silly jokey ads are not marketing. They are really treating you like a joke. I hope that the acquisition by Bank of Qld will clear this out. Time to leave
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!
Hopeless customer service at this bank!
I am now refinancing with another bank after the poor I received from Me Bank last year. I have a home investment loan with them which I had to pause repayments during Covid restrictions. Due to the poor training of their call centre staff, I was treated like I was in default and you always wait at least 20 minutes to talk to someone. I lodged a complaint with the banking ombudsman and in the end, they offered $200 to settle my complaint.
Would not recommend an investment loan
Loyal customer for 5 years tried to negotiate lower rates as paying well above average. Interest free period has also ended. Was advised that it would be easy to reapply for interest only, but rejected. So now stuck paying high rate and principle. I have a second loan with another bank that I am paying a significantly lower rate with and interest only. ME Bank have passed on a small cut, but interest rates are already high so still well above a fair amount. I would never recommend this bank to anyone, my broker can't even deal with them anymore so I have had to myself.
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.
Long waits on the phone, online app is very basic and crashes all the time, very long time to process requests. I was expecting good customer service because it's a small bank but overall it's been very disappointing
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..
Terrible to worst
Amortisation- got a letter today telling us the bank had taken thousands out of our redraw and put it on the principal - without informing us . You can only have 25% of the loan balance in redrew ?? How dare they!
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.
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.
Great/easy refinancing as a new customer, absolute nightmare when you discharge the mortgage
Mebank were one of the easiest bank to refinance and sign up with. Even when they got their rates wrong, they were prompt to rectify the fault. 5 stars for the sign up and interest rate, they were very good!
However, all good things must come to an end, unfortunately we had to refinance and it was sad leaving a great bank. The mortgage discharge team was poor, probably insufficient staffing. Their lawyers (Galilee) were poor in communication, the discharge took them over 40 days to complete. What annoys me the most is that after 3 weeks of refinancing with the new bank, Mebank still cannot generate a account closure letter!!!!!!!!!!!!! 1 star
Questions & Answers
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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