Many Aussies are making a big mistake with home loans

Many Aussies are making a big mistake with home loans: here’s how

How mortgage hunters could be dudding themselves out of the best deal, all because of an unfounded fear.

Rebecca Le May

Many mortgage hunters have an unfounded fear of non-bank lenders and could be dudding themselves out of the best deal.

After the Reserve Bank of Australia slashed the cash rate to record lows earlier this month, it was the smaller, little-known outfits Athena, Reduce Home Loans, Homestar Finance, Homeloans.com.au and Pacific Mortgage Group that led the charge in passing on interest rate cuts to customers. RateCity research director Sally Tindall said non-bank lenders had helped drive prices down across the entire home loan market, particularly in recent months as record numbers of mortgage holders moved to refinance, especially when it came to fixed rates. “Right now, the lowest fixed rate loan on the market is just 1.…
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Westpac, St George: Banks hit by class action over car loan ‘flex commissions’

Westpac, St George: Banks hit by class action over car loan ‘flex commissions’

Alannah Fox was forced to pay a whopping $24,864 in interest for a 2015 Hyundai. Now, she and many other Aussies are fighting back.

Alexis Careycarey_alexis When Alannah Fox bought her first new car, she trusted she was getting a fair deal on her loan. Instead, the teachers’ aide, who was 25 at the time, was charged 12.99 per cent on a loan of just over $47,000 – which meant she had to pay a staggering $24,864 in interest for her 2015 Hyundai ix35. She claims she was only told of the interest rate after the deal was struck. “They didn’t tell me the interest rate until I went to pick up the car. We bargained hard on the initial price, but I believe they knew what they were doing and slugged me with the high interest rate to compensate,” Ms Fox said. Ms Fox is now one of the lead applicants in a new class action over shonky bank car loans, which leadi…
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