Are you thinking of buying a home? Or maybe looking to refinance your existing home loan? Here we’re going to walk you through the main differences between getting a home loan directly with your bank vs using a mortgage broker, or online platform.
We’ll explain why banks (big and small) don’t reward loyalty, why more choice can mean a lot more savings and how you can avoid sorting through complicated jargon to find the best home loan deal possible for your individual needs.
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It’s a common misconception in home loans that the natural first step in getting a mortgage is to go to your everyday bank. In fact, almost 60% of Australians get their home loans via a third party. That means that most Aussies use a mortgage broker or an online home loan platform like Lendi to find the right loan for them and guide them through the process.
So why are most Aussies using a third party? It comes down to wanting more choice, more competitive home loan deals and convenience... Because who has time to get to a bank these days?
Getting a home loan by going directly to your bank can ‘box you in’ because you are only viewing the handful of loans that individual bank offers.
On the other hand, mortgage brokers and online platforms provide homeowners with access to a variety of lenders and a much wider range of options to pick from that fit their criteria. For instance, Lendi’s platform compares over 2,000 loan options from more than 35 different lenders, allowing users to make an informed decision.
The role of a mortgage broker or online platform is to help you understand and compare the best home loan options available. Third parties should not be tied to a particular lender and products.
Mortgage brokers should not favour one lender or product over another and must recommend a loan that best suits the customer's needs. Borrowers can feel confident that they will be matched with the most suitable home loan and that their needs are met.
At the end of the day, extra choice can have the most impact on your wallet. The more loans you compare, the more likely you’ll find that needle in a haystack loan product that is right for your specific needs.
While you can go to a bank and inform them of your needs and preferences, they can only show you their in-house home loan products. It significantly limits the loans you can compare and you may end up choosing a loan that doesn't meet your needs and preferences as well as others might. If you want to reduce your interest rate, then it’s pot luck if your bank happens to be the one with the lowest rate available.
On the other hand, brokers and online platforms often have access to special offers and products, such as discretionary discounts on rates, cashback offers or a reduction in fees, all across a large range of lenders.
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Home loans applications require a lot of information and paperwork. One huge benefit of using an online platform, or broker, is that it’s a lot more convenient for you.
If you go directly to a bank, you’ll need to find time out of your work day to visit your local bank branch. Although nowadays some banks allow you to start your application online, you’ll likely still need to visit your branch during business hours to provide documents such as your bank statements, loan statements, and more.
A mortgage broker or online platform can do a lot of this heavy lifting for you. From finding the right loan for your needs, to submitting your application, they can take a lot of stress out of the process for you.
If you use an online home loan platform, this goes one step further. You can apply from the comfort of your home at any time of day, plus you can upload and verify your documents securely online, so you never need to visit a bank branch.
Online home loan platforms, like Lendi, also offer unlimited support from expert Home Loan Specialists who are on-hand to answer your questions and concerns and safely guide your loan to settlement.
Once you’ve submitted your application, you can check your loan’s status online 24/7. You’ll also regularly be kept up to date on your loan’s progress, so there’s no need to chase up the bank to find out what’s going on with your application.
No, you do not pay a mortgage broker. Their service is free and there are no hidden costs.
Once the loan is settled, the lender pays the broker. No costs are passed onto the borrower when using a broker or online platform.
It is entirely up to you, the borrower, when it comes to using a mortgage broker or online platform. Many borrowers like to use the same broker or platform for refinancing or future home loan applications.
Unlike some banks, third parties (mortgage brokers and online platforms) will keep borrowers updated about the best rates every 6 to 12 months.
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The information in this post is general in nature and should not be considered personal or financial advice. You should always seek professional advice or assistance before making any financial decisions.
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