unhappy with home loan manager !
Not happy at all with the customer service that we received from home loan manager (don't want to put his name here). He seemed to be more conscious about his consulting time than finding out best possible options for us. He was handling too many clients that he seemed to forgot us. Anyway, after emailing him couple of times, he finally gave us a borrowing loan amount and asked to upload documents. We uploaded all the required documents in the client portal but after waiting for 3/4 weeks he then emailed us that the borrowing calculator has be...en updated recently and our borrowing capacity has become much less. Anyway, we agreed to proceed with less loan amount and asked to submit our application to loan assessor. The loan assessor had few questions which I already answered to my home loan manager. Since then I have not heard anything from him. It's been for than 4 weeks now. All in all, 2 and half months gone without getting any result reduced home loan. Later I have gone with another lender and got approval for much higher loan amount within 2 weeks.
They took 4 months for my application. Went to a new lender and got approved in 4 days.
To start with, Reduce Home Loans is just the broker but is falsely advertised as a non-bank lender on their website. In my case, the actual mortgage lender is Mortgage Ezy and the funder is Bendigo Adelaide Bank. And none of that was explained upfront until my solicitor got involved. The multiple layers meant that response was slow (non-existent in some cases), and the process was robotic, inefficient, duplicated, and frustrating.
Disappointed to say the least. Made me anxious and couldn’t sleep as we got closer to the settlement date. They we...re first engaged 4 months ago. I was initial told a 3-4 week approval timeframe. But by the end of the 6 week settlement period, I was still answering their questions on the day before settlement and even the week after which demonstrates that they do not talk to each other. So I had to make other last minute arrangements to settle this on time. Needless to say, the approval didn’t arrive in time and I didn’t end up taking up their loan and went to another lender and got fully approved in 4 days (not weeks). In order to save time while I’m sorting out the contracts, I had applied for the pre-approval 2 months ago. I was told I can go straight for the full approval instead once the contracts are signed. Provided them the draft contract for review at that time. Since the full approval application was submitted, the credit check and the valuation were only requested 2 and 3.5 weeks after the application respectively. The valuation was further delayed when they realised the loan is for a vacant land and there is no house to inspect. They had asked for a house insurance certificate when there is no house to insure. They had also asked me to provide a signed letter for my exit strategy when it is only required if this property will be my principal place of residence which it is not. My bank statements and payslips were submitted with the application to the broker, but the same documents were requested again when it went to the lender for review. All my responses were provided within 2 hours of their requests. Then there would be no response or feedback from them for a few days and then I would get the next question and so on. This went on for the whole time right up to the day before settlement. The lender had also requested a change to the contract 4 weeks after the application (after it has been signed). And then changed their mind on what needs to be changed. I was told they could go to another bank as backup but never acted on it. The cooling off period for the purchase was resurrected 3 times from 1 week to 4 weeks. My solicitor and the vendor’s solicitor were frustrated in dealing with them and with their lack of response to the point that they have lost all confidence and reliability in their words and ability. I was reassured multiple times the full approval is coming in the next few days but that kept slipping.
100% incompetent! 100% disorganised
My partner and I went with RHL because of all the advertising of low rates and recommendations by canstar... what a nightmarish mistake! There was a lack of communication right from the start and they constantly try to make excuses for their slow pace. They raised our loan amount on three separate occasions so now we are borrowing more than we actually need. They tried to delay settlement over a month after the last date that settlement could actually occur. Had to educate them on the illegal nature of changing a contract of sale after it's bee...n signed. We have to apply for a refund of stamp duty because they refused to lodge the application on our behalf. Towards the end of the process we discovered they are actually a broker and NOT a lender like they claim. Even though we're now in our own home we can't exactly relax because RHL have gone quiet on us. Told us client care would be in contact to provide all the extra information like the ACTUAL ACCOUNT SETUP. But nothing, just radio silence. How are we suppose to make extra repayments if we don't have the means to do so? They should be paying us for using their pathetic service! Completely incompetent and disorganised. We have never been this dissatisfied with an experience before. Do NOT use RHL if you are a first home buyer! Edit: we received a congratulations letter... and some basil seeds... basil!
Not a home loan provider, just a broker skimming fees. AVOID.
Reduce pretend to be a mortgage provider but they are just a broker. They provide no transparency on fees or on who the loan is funded with. We were told we had to structure our loan as 2 standard variable loans with no explanation. I now suspect this was to increase their fees. They used Mortgage Ezy for our loan who used Origin Loans who are owned by ANZ. This made it hard to know who to talk to. Our interest rate went up literally within one WEEK of signing and a second time less than 2 months later. Our rate went from excellent to mediocre very fast. We are now trying to sever all ties with these guys and it is taking weeks due to this crazy labyrinthine arrangement. AVOID LIKE THE PLAGUE.
Gave up after 12 weeks. Settlement elsewhere in under 3 weeks.
Quick version - No brainer loan, after dragging on for 12 weeks, despite providing all documents in "fast track" online original process we gave up around 13 week mark & went back to a broker we'd used in Tassie, even though we're in Perth, and they sorted it in 2 and a half weeks. Only a $48 fee for a desktop valuation.
Shout out to Yellow Brick Rd Andrew & Kate
Slow version -We were looking at borrowing 200k which was a third of the property value. We have other property which is valued at about the same as loan (and is owned in full)..s...o no real danger of them being left high and dry. We found the process slow & frustrating. We'd been waiting 3 months even after we submitted all requested paperwork quickly. We were asked to provide quite a number of things which seem unnecessary...bank statements & pay slips 2 or 3 times because they were now out of date as the process had taken so long, redo of verification of Id's because the person who signed shared the same surname as parents (so that is a maiden name and not our surnames) even though we said they are not a blood relative (which btw their forms dont stipulate), letters stating house sale process & settlement docs (despite them having a copy of the title to the property), etc.even signed statements regarding the sale process. We had gone for weeks without hearing a thing from them & it seemed that if you contacted them, they just asked you to jump through more hoops, which weren't there until you hurry them on. We provided all of the initial requested paperwork in full, leaving nothing out but then they keep asking for more and more, which again, we quickly provided. Our loan is a no brainer with us having a perfect credit history. The only flag had been that we had been loaned 140k from parents to secure the property when we moved interstate. We didn't need to do this but it seemed easier & quicker at the time rather than changing state, job, house etc and organising loan on top. Had we known the trouble it would cause here, we'd have gone elsewhere initially. The bank of mum and dad is pretty common these days & shouldn't have us flagged as criminals or something. Customer service is polite when they call but just don't progress things.
Almost lost deposit because their pre-approval means nothing
Takes weeks to respond, doesn't answer the phone to contact the loan manager. Gave preapproval after seeing all our income and paperwork, then rejected the loan without any circumstances changing.
Rate is good but customer care is bad
The interest rate is very competitive. Their customer's response is very fast. However, the process took longer than what I expected, and we had to delay our settlement 1 days. Before the settlement, the rate reduced to 2.99%. We were told that the new rate will be passed to us by 15th of Aug but up to today date (08 Sept) we still haven't got the new rate. We contacted the customer care numerous of times and the response we got is they are working on it and the lender haven't approve and they have escalated the queries. It has been almost 2 months of following up and nothing has been resolved yet. Overall, the rate is good but if you have any issue and need support, it's not going to be straight forward.
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Great rates..That Don't Last! Beware.
We all know that if you take on a variable rate the lender can change the rates whenever they like, so there is an element of trust taken on by the borrower.
I refinanced from a very good rate at Ubank to a great rate (at the time) at Reduce/Adelaide Bank about 18 months ago. At the time it was 0.18 lower than Ubank a reputable discount lender. As the last poster stated Reduce then claw this initial discount rate back quite quickly (especially with the recent 0.35% Reduce drop when Ubank gave 0.5% drop).
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Low interest rate but much lower standards of customer service
Extremely poor standards of customer-service. Baffling, I had to frustratingly chase even the brokers to respond to my calls/emails. Then, receive contradictory information. Low rates come at terrible customer service
Low rate, more effort
Rate is lower than you will get mostly anywhere else. The process to get the loan, however, was not straightforward. Significant amount of complicated, hard copy paperwork, then a lot of subsequent to and fro with their solicitor (including physically driving to their office twice to submit paperwork) to get my loan documentation correct (there were errors), meaning that I had to get a settlement date extension.
Can’t really complain now that I have the loan, although the online portal is not as user-friendly as the big banks (e.g. you actually have to call them if you want to reset your password).
If your primary driver is a low interest rate and you don’t mind the hassle involved in the above, go for it.
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cheating their customers
I have refinance my home loan through reduced home loans at a competitive rate. within 6 moths they have increased my rates twice and now they are now more expensive than all 4 big banks. This means that I have to expend more time and money to refinance my mortgage again :(
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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