MEBANK Was Not The Bank For Me
I applied for a home loan and the amount of paperwork (including bank and income statements) that I needed to lodge was ridiculous. Six months of bank statements, including child support transactions, etc. The final straw came when I was already an existing customer - at the time of the new application - I already had an account with MEBANK, and because I did not physically meet face to face with the mobile lender whom I was dealing with at the time, they wanted me to submit paperwork at AUST POST with photocopy of drivers license. That ident...ification process wasnt good enough because I had an Middle Initial that wasnt noted down in my original account with MEBANK. I had to supply them with a Birth Certificate. All these personal documents were submitted to a central location, which any staff member working within the area had access to - all my personal details could have been picked by up two to three people. All I know is that having sent an email I received notification from an individual other than the person from MEBANK with with whom I was originally dealing with. So there was a lot of emails going to and fro - particularly when asking for clarification on documents or personal information the bank needed. I felt that this bank put me through so many hurdles and unnecessary against to secure a loan. What really annoyed me was that I was already an existing customer with them - which they took no consideration into this loan process. I also felt I was dealing with a bunch of incompetent baffons who really were following company protocols and had to seek clarification from their superiors when you as a potential customer had questions to ask. No streamline process here - no one point of contact - no designated member to your application and several bank individuals privy to your personal data. In the end I went to another Bank - without the stress, drama and hassle experienced with MEBANK, and I recommend that others explore other options out there, even the rate I secured was better than what was offered by MEBANK.
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.
MEBANK COMES TO THE RESCUE
I have had my ups and downs with ME bank but that's due to the many changes over 20 years. However I have just sold my house and if it wasn't for my WONDERFUL mobile lender in WA the home loan would not have gone ahead. There are 4 houses settling next week and only MEBANK did what it was suppose to ANZ is holding us all up and we nearly lost our settlement date because of them. If you don't get the answers you are after with MEBANK from over east ask to speak to a mobile lender in Perth they are superheros and made good on all their promises. PS I am on a pension which is now very hard to borrow on but Mebank was one of the few that would lend to me (not one of the 4 big banks would) Thanks
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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
Uncompetitive interest rates
Customer service has generally been good overall. Interest rates are much lower with other banks/mortgage brokers so I have refinanced an existing home loan only to experience a long delay in ME sorting out the discharge.
Having been with ME since the 90's it's disappointing to see non competitive interest rates in the current lending market and also various addition of fees over the years together with a long wait time currently for a simplistic discharge process.
On that note I would recommend looking at other options online. Many online len...
Avoid this bank at all costs
They gave preapproval for a loan and I found a property. 1 hour before going unconditional they came back stating the figures that they used to calculate serviceability were wrong and dropped the amount by $180K. Of course I lost the property. They are completely incompetent.
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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