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With all the changes in the Australian lending sector, the mutuals are stepping up to fill the void and seem likely to capture market share. In this feature, The Adviser profiles their responses to the current lending environment and explores how their value proposition to brokers differs from that of the banks.
Unless you were living under a rock last year, you would know that the industry has seen the full force of regulators installing new policies and shifting old ones. Whatever move they decided on, the mutuals have shared with The Adviser their reasons behind it, explaining how the raft of policy and lending changes have affected their business and what they plan to do to capture more market share in When the 10 per cent crackdown on investment lending took off mid-last year, how the institutions reacted was always going to be a hot topic of conversation.
Gateway Credit Union was also subject to the same requirements and, as a result, shifted its focus away from investor lending to get below the 10 per cent cap. One of these cautions was the decision to keep rates on hold when the news broke about additional capital requirements for the major banks, according to Mr Millet. Not only do these institutions offer some of the most attractive rates in the market, many also dominate the big four when it comes to customer satisfaction rates.
Mr Ure agrees that one of the biggest advantages brokers have in dealing with a mutual is knowing that their clients are going to be well looked after. Mr Slattery adds that QPCU has recently built a new lending process that will support brokers on delivering fast customer outcomes. They fight for every bit of market share they can get. However, Mr Brown says the challenge for the mutuals is sometimes their capability to handle large volumes. Ballast CEO Frank Paratore says having mutuals on his lender panel presents a good value proposition to both broker members and their clients.
Mr Paratore believes that over the next 12 months, the industry will begin to see a shift as the mutuals look to take on more market share. Capturing greater share in a market that has four large, respected players as well as a plethora of competitive non-major institutions will be no easy feat. However, the mutuals have gained increased momentum in and this seems unlikely to lessen in Despite being a relatively new player in the third-party channel, QPCU strived to thrive in and this looks likely to continue over the next 12 months.
On top of this, Mr Millett says Newcastle Permanent will continue on expanding its business to Sydney. Mr Millett adds that in order to go up against the majors inthe mutuals will need to continuously step it up. ME Bank declined to comment. An experienced broker who has worked with the mutuals for almost 12 years says they for at least half of his business, due to their attractive rates and customer friendly proposition. Out of the mutuals, Mr Hooper works mostly with Newcastle Permanent and says he has no qualms about encouraging other brokers to do so as well. Looking ahead, Mr Hooper believes the mutuals are likely to capture greater market share over Silver Fern Financial Services director Allen Back shares how he came to work with the mutuals and why other brokers should do the same.
I wanted to support the smaller lending institutions who were looking to support the broker channel. I also wanted to ensure that I had a well-rounded and increased product and service offering for my client base. I found that some of these lenders have been around for well over years, so clearly they are doing something right.
So I wanted to tap into this knowledge and experience and offer it to all my clients. Mutuals are member-owned and thus put back into the community. This is important because when I wish to speak to a BDM, it is usually an urgent matter, and waiting five hours for a response is very annoying.
The back-office support staff is very efficient, experienced and supportive, and this assists the whole loan process. She shares a personal story about how she recently helped a client by working with mutual lender Heritage Bank. Not only did Heritage expedite the application all the way, but they actually settled only two business days later than required by the LDA, and through what is an exceptionally busy and challenging time of the year in the finance industry.
This saved my client ificant penalty costs that they may have otherwise incurred. The LDA provided written confirmation that they were going to charge penalties from the date of settlement, accruing daily, despite the fact that solicitors were going on leave until 11 January. This allows them the ability to become very familiar with the merit of each application.
The benefits of working with a mutual as opposed to a major bank are you get to know the team you are working with very well, and can easily access and work with the underwriter who is looking after your client. The relationship is much more efficient, and allows a quicker and smoother process.
The Adviser speaks to Trademark Finance principal Daren Crawford about his experience dealing with the mutuals. I deal with QPCU and the reason for that is because of the niche of products available for different types of people in the community. If we need to find out information, or just have a general conversation about applications and customers, we can call them up and get through a lot quicker and easier.
They like the service and they like the cheap rates. How does the process differ when dealing with a mutual as opposed to a major bank? The process is very similar. Obviously the benefits are that if the wheels fall off, so to speak, we can generally talk to someone [at a mutual] a bit easier. Are you a new-to-industry broker in the process of growing your business?
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