AVOID at all costs - Pre-Approval doesn't mean anything either - Constant stress and lost dream home
Would strongly encourage anyone to look elsewhere. Despite having pre approval months prior. When contract was signed for a house and subject to finance, reduce home loans kept requesting documents to be sent in which had already provided not only since pre-approval but again after contract was signed. I responded to all requests straight away. It appeared they were very disorganised organisation. They then left it up to the FINAL DAY of finance date to deny the application! This will likely result in the seller moving and the whole contract F...ALLING APART. I do not mind the fact that finance was denied, as I could have placed this elsewhere, but their service was diabolical and leaves me in a terrible position. Had they told me at any time in the last 2 months that there would be an issue, since having the same documentation they relied upon, then I would not be in this predicament. It appears internally the actually sign off is by some "credit manager" whom you will never talk too, and they leave this to the last day to obtain their approval internally. Don't bother with pre-approval as it is not worth the piece of paper it is written on and you will be sweating on their decision until actually finance date. Avoid at all costs and don't be fooled with their rates, comes at a price.
Questions & Answers
Why are the fees so huge and why are so many members accusing you of bait and switch, where months after they have their loans established they get a letter advising their interest rates are going up?
Some of the comments are quite serious and places doubts on whether Reduce can then be trusted or not if they sign you up on one rate, only to increase it in a few months. Has many people experienced it?
Also people are saying their exit fees are very high. How high are they compared to others?
I am considering refinancing soon with reduce and I was wondering if there rates go up soon after changing over. I was convinced a few years ago by a broker to refinance with AFG and 2 days after my loan changed over the rate went up quite a bit and I would have been better off staying with Peoples choice. I don't want to waste my time changing if this will happen again.
I am an existing customer my rate was 2.42% it will soon reduce to 2.27%. I have not experienced any issues with rates, although I have noticed they are now advertising at 1.77% so do not reward loyalty. The process to refinance is beyond slow, frustrating and you need to jump through hoops expect it to be even months before it is finalised. So you need to weight that up.
I am also an existing customer at current rate of 3.94% IO Investor loan when current advertised is 3.19% for the same product. Contacted my manager who said that no improvements to rate are possible. I'm now looking at refinance for 2 loan products elsewhere closer to the advertised Reduce interest rate. No reward once you are signed up.
They don’t reward loyalty. It’s disgusting they advertise new loans 0.5% lower than loyal customers. Also the discharge fees are excessive!
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