Worst experience ever stay clear of these scammers
All up this process took over 2 months every time i tried to talk to my home loan manager it took over a week to for him to return my calls this should have been enough of a red flag but in my stupidity i pushed on i was told no offset acc which i could live with i was told you can b pay from your loan acc set up schedule transfers to other accounts i was told it would have same functionality as any other online banking services not true at all now im stuck with this stupid home loan that has none of the functionality i was promised thanks to t...he lies and incompetence of [Name Removed] my so called loan manager when i discovered what sort of account they had set up for me i did make a complaint about the lies had been fed i was told this would be investigated and the only way to rectify it was they would set up an off set acc free of charge at the same interest rate that was ten days ago and surprise surprise i have herd nothing no calls no emails and no off set acc the person i spoke to did seem like he had dealt with this issue many times before and new the only way to rectify was by adding an off set so probably a standard practice of their home loan managers to lie to customers and to be completely honest as a matter of full disclosure i am only writing this review at the request of my loan manager for a chance to win a $100 gift card in their monthly draw
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.
Great people, slow process
The team at Reduce have been good to talk to and did their best to pick the right loan for us. However the process has been extremely protracted, even allowing for COVID-19 impacts. We first signed our application on April 24, and as of today (15 weeks later) we have not yet achieved settlement on the loan.
We have had to ask for updates in order to understand where things were up to, with at times a month going by without any news on what was happening. Given the protracted duration, it has been necessary to re-furnish new copies of documents...that were previously supplied (for example a more recent payslip or statement) which has been a source of frustration. Ultimately this new mortgage product will be much better for us, so this process will be worth it, but there has been significant opportunities that were lost to us as we waited (and continue to wait) for the loan to settle.
Wasted 6 months trying to move application forward
I tried to refinance with reduce for their great rate. In short, they failed to respond to multiple follow ups. I routinely had to call in 3-4 times before I was able to speak with anyone. They rarely responded to messages. I had to submit my loan paperwork 3 times because they were so slow to process paperwork. I work in finance and did my best to 'baby' them through the process and work with them in order to get the great rate but in the end it was just impossible. I've also read online in other places their existing customers suffer from 'ra...te creep'. They really left me no choice but to go elsewhere and wasted a great deal of my time. They promised to refund my application fees due to the unreasonable delays but to date have failed to do that. They failed to respond to 3 enquiries where I noted I wanted to formally complain. I've now lodged the matter with the ombudsman. I'm surprised by others who talk about how great they are because my personal experience has been very bad and it's hard to image that this is an isolated event.
Painful and unorganised
Everything good and easy before the assessment fee was deducted.
We are a fulltime working couple with only one loan (home loan) and no credit card and a reasonable saving and continouos income (fulltime workers). No other debt or laon at all
Only thought of change to get a better rate.
Veda check came with enquiry on outcome of loan applications back from 2016 to 2018 (apparantly if you fill online details to check details on home loans, it will be assumed that you have applied for a loan with them)
Questioning every detail ...
+ great rate - slow process - online portal
The interest rate is great, one of the best in the market.
The refinancing process took a very long time.
The online banking portal feels outdated and is not user friendly.
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Great rate, its a shame the service doesn't match
Although Reduce offer one of the best rates on the market, this is about the only good point in a very disappointing experience with Reduce Home Loans.
From the first contact by Dane who forgot to include the documents to be completed in his initial email, all phone calls were left unanswered or sent to voicemail, responses were very slow even when a quick reply was required.
After filling in the application form which took hours to complete (rather than the 15 minutes) we paid $250 for a property valuation but then receive an email requesting...
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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.
Reduce Home Loans - processing of our settlement
We were convinced by a TV, radio personality and Money Magazine that this was the way to go. Sent in our mortgage documents in October 2019. Didn't receive any response that the papers were received until I asked. In late Nov 2019 we were told that our bank (HSBC) did not reply the settlement email and we needed to escalate the matter. Four phone calls later after escalating the matter turns out no one from Mezy the brokers for Reduce Home Loans has actually been in contact with them, although they are happy to blame them for the lack of action.... I know this because they accidentally sent the internal email to us and then tried to recall it. Turns out to settle a loan they needed to ring HSBC on 1300788918 option 3 an quote a reference number. No one has bothered to do so. Seem very disinterested in taking our loan after all the expense we have gone to switch over. Am very frustrated by the lack of action.
Do not be fooled by the interest rate
I have lodged a complaint with the Financial Ombudsman. Do not trust this company or be drawn in by the low interest rate as it will cost you in the end. Once you have made an application the customer service ends there, you are then put through to a sister company Mezy who are supposed to manage the process. But honestly they could not organise a root in a brothel.
The communication skills of this company are comparable to that of my seven year olds.
The application process took over three months and was not a new loan. It was a transfer of a...
Strung along for 6 months... until WE pulled the pin out of frustration
Repeatedly asked for copies of same documents.
Difficult to engage and understand why information was repeatedly requested despite being provided by us multiple times and then delay in processing application (not our fault, apparently difficulty opening files?) required FULL re submission of paperwork and re-gathering of documentation because period of relevancy had expired.
We were never updated of progress we had to continually hassle and inquire regarding delays.
Got shuffled to another broker for support because ours felt out of his depth...
Most frustrating loan experience I have ever endured. Started application in June a very simple refinance, only just settled in October. Submitted the same documentation multiple times as the process took so long they became out of date, no communication whatsoever when it came to the settlement side of things the only reason I knew it was about to settle is because my existing bank updated me (I will miss their great customer service). Stuck around just for the Interest rates, they make the customer service at Centrelink and Telstra seem first class. The irony is I now have a higher Interest rate than the one advertised on the website, very disappointed.
Incompetent Loan Application Process
Started the Application Process 3 months ago. Have always provided all the documentation as requested.
They requested the same infomation 4 times that I had over and over again.
It seems they are full of incompetent staff who do not submit documents in a timely manner. I have spent hours and hours on the phone to them and my existing lender, it's at a point I am so stressed out everytime I see an email from them.
They have no apologised or offered anything to improve my process. Requests to speak to a manager (3 in total) are completely ignored.
Please, do not put yourself through the ordeal. There are many other non bank lenders who will want your business and treat you like a human.
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.
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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