My fiance and I sought pre-approval through Reduce Home Loans which seemed relatively easy (although we did have to chase for a couple weeks...) then once our offer had been accepted on our first home it went down hill from there. We had a 30 day settlement timeline and notified RHL the same day with no indication of any issues. Two weeks in, we followed up (and this took three calls and two emails) to find out where we were at in the process and how much longer approval would take to be told we should consider looking for a different provider....Two weeks before our settlement date! They had also miscalculated our funds and forgot to factor in our deposit which would have set us back a couple days. Needless to say, we dropped RHL quicksmart and went with another provider who were absolute godsends and had us further along in the approval process within 5 hours - we were laughing at the difference in service, it was unbelievable. I wouldn't recommend RHL if you're a first-home buyer!
Great Interest Rates!
Great interest rates and surprisingly easy to deal with. Would choose over a big bank any day. No hidden fees and staff were all friendly. I thought having a cheaper interest rate would mean more hassle but that wasn't the case.
Reduce Home Loans - Good experience, easy to deal with and best interest rate available.
Reduce Home Loans - Good experience, easy to deal with and best interest rate available. Good service from Bryce Stimpson.
Offered different interest rate and loan type options, and discussed with us which would suit best, the forms were not too hard to fill out, instructions were clear and the final setup and settlement went well.
Excellent interest rate
I am really happy about the interest rate . There is no hidden fees . If they do the process bit speed , I would rate definitely 5 star . I already recommended to my friends
Thanks Reduce Loans
We had a very helpful staff member (Reese) during the loan application process. He answered all our questions and was easy to get in touch with. He helped us our with application and doubled checked all our documents were correct before we submitted the final application. The pre-settlement team communicated with our settlement agent regarding any issues and the post-settlement team (Cat) were great at explaining each step to commence mortgage payments. Thanks.
Reduce had the best rate we could find after a lot of research, responses were a little slow at times but got there in the end and happy we went with reduce home loans.
Over all very happy with Reduce. Great rates and customer support!
Over all very happy with Reduce. Great service and relatively easy change over procedure. The internet banking interface could do with some modifications though. Also an app would be great too.
Will give them 5 stars as soon as they pass on the rate cut...
Awesome experience from the get go.no frills but exactly what you need from a lender. Was the best rate around when we signed up and still is now 6 months later as far as I can tell.
I am quiet satisfied with services so far, but recommend an mobile app for monitoring our account rather than only via URL., This way it at least gives customers flexibility of checking their account
Great rate with full offset and good service.
Customer service was good, a little complicated and disorganised at times.
No unexpected setup costs, great rate. Exit fees are a little high, though, which is only a problem if you’re leaving and give them the rate (and 10% offset) that’s unlikely.
The loan application and approval process could have been smoother, but worth working through for the rate, though!
Decent service given the low rate
Reduce's rate was far better than we could find anywhere else. Our representative David worked very hard to get it all done, and it did get done in the end.
It wasn't always a straightforward process though. We had quite a few delays, including multiple occasions when we were asked for documents that we'd already sent before. We also had to pay penalty interest when their solicitors held up settlement because they had a policy that they needed three business days to schedule settlement.
But overall, I would recommend them and I'm sure they'll...save us thousands over the life of the loan. Just be aware that things might take a bit longer than with a regular bank, and you won't be able to see anyone in person. You can still talk over the phone though, and David kept in regular contact throughout the process. We also just settled today, so we can't rate the ongoing service nor can we comment on others' reviews that their interest rates went up shortly after joining.
Very helpful staff. I found a very good solution to my request. Happy outcome.
Customer service was very good. I found a very competitive solution to my enquiry. Interestingly enough, it is still one of the best in the market after a year and a half. I would recommend.
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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