Worst ! worst! Their rates are just a trap
Their rates are just low only for the first few months then it is higher than others. They will not give a crap about you once the loan is set up. If you ask for a rate review they will not reply at all. MEzy customer service is bad. I am trying to get out of this trap.
Great communication, great low rate
One of the lower rates I found on the market. Bryce was brilliant at working around my busy schedule and kept in regular contact. Happily answered all my questions and made sure everything ran smoothly.
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.
Easy & fast
As a FHB I was quite stressed about the loan application process and deadlines. David got my loan pre-approved and final approved within less than one month! He also helped me negotiating a rate and package suited for me. Thank you! I found the process quite simple, easy and smooth. Definitely recommend.
Reduce staff are great help
I chose Reduce because their rates were the most competitive, but be prepared to submit a lot more documents than other lenders, and multiple times if the process gets drawn out. Otherwise, the service I received from Jacqueline from Reduce Home Loans was fantastic. She was very helpful, even helping me to change to a lower interest option with a higher LVR midway through the application at my request and gave regular updates on how my application was progressing since my case was unique. All while she was very patient and thorough and answered...my many questions. However, I would ask the lender (mortgageez) to avoid using Galilee in future as their solicitors, since their communication was poor and unprofessional, if they had spent the time to explain what needed to be done ahead of time it would not have drawn out the time to settle. The settlement day got delayed twice as a result, and the second time was because they miscalculated the shortfall!
Good rates but you might need to wait :)
The brokers are polite, provide detailed information and easy to reach.
The rates are good.
The process takes around 50% longer than in other banks.
Valuation team requires some babysitting.
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Good rates, professional and easy to setup.
Broker answered all our questions and was very responsive. Easy to setup and good mortgage rate for first home owner-occupier. All associated costs were listed in the brochures and website.
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.
Helpful Staff - (Lisa and Lindsey)
Lisa Whitla was very nice to deal with and helped me with the process. It was my first time getting a loan and there were a heap of documents to sort through and it was quite overwhelming. She was very patient with me and helped me get through the initial set of documents.
Lindsey from the settlements team also helped me with understanding some of the terms and paperwork.
I know it was a testing time with COV-ID but all the staff i talked with were very patient and nice.
Good rate but took a lot of work
David was very helpful and attentive throughout the entire process, however there was a lot of difficulty getting the loan approved on time which resulted in the settlement being pushed back a couple of weeks, but I still ended up with an exceptional homeloan rate by the end of it
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Best rates and great product!
Great rates, great protal and product. Takes a bit of time to set-up but completely worth it in the end with the cheapest rate on the market! They told me they are working to improve on that so definitely the place to go for a loan.
Great rate - long process
Great rate and good communication throughout the application/approval process. Took a really long time from first contact to settlement (3 months) but now that it is done I am happy we made the move.
Very happy with the intrest rate
Reduce home loans offered me a great interest and comparison rates for buying my house.
Their team is professional and helpful.
The process took more time and complexity than I expected, but the low interest rate compensated the pain of the process.
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Great help for a first home buyer!
As a first home buyer, the whole process was always going to be daunting. Reduce offered a great service with great rates and options with very happy and helpful team members. We had started going through our pre approval process when we ended up finding 'the one'. As the turn over on houses was so quick at the time (a matter of days), we thought it was the best option to put our offer forward without pre approval. As I had already started the pre approval process, David already had a good idea of what was possibly for us and didn't hesitate wh...en I asked him to write a letter to the real estate and vendor to confirm that the finance shouldn't be an issue. This helped make our offer a lot stronger and I am very thankful to David for this. The only real negative is that I found it hard to get Specific people on the phone. As its a hotline/call center setup, you get whoever was next in line. We could email the person directly however, emails take longer to write so the replies were slower and less detailed. I believe they are currently in the process of changing this. Overall I would highly recommend Reduce home loans. Our approval process and settlement went smoothly and we are now living happily in our new home.
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!
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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