What Is Mortgage Fraud?
We understand how hard it can be to find a broker you can trust. The process of buying a home can bring stress and uncertainty. We’re here to stand by you and discuss ways to ensure your safety from mortgage fraud.
Mortgage fraud occurs when any party involved, such as brokers, lenders or even borrowers, engage in deceptive practices during the lending process. If you’re looking to borrow, it can mean being given incorrect information or being directed towards loans that don’t align with your financial standing. These misleading actions can strain your finances and potentially shatter your dreams of homeownership.
Given these risks, it’s essential to think about how to prevent mortgage fraud.
- Work with a reputable broker: The first step is selecting a reputable mortgage broker. Seek recommendations from reliable sources, whether it’s friends, family, or other trusted individuals. Ensure the recommended broker possesses a valid Australian Credit License number and a proven history of transparent dealings.
- Ask questions: Embrace your role as an active participant. During your initial consultation, ask questions about the loan process, fees, and how they are compensated.
- Verify credentials: Confirm the broker’s credentials and check if they are members of professional organisations or associations, which often have stringent ethical standards.
- Read documents thoroughly: Carefully review all loan documents and agreements. If something appears unclear or you have doubts, seek legal advice or consult a trusted financial adviser before signing.
- Maintain records: Keep thorough records of all interactions with your broker, including emails, phone calls and in-person meetings. These records can serve as evidence if you need to dispute any fraudulent activities.
- Shop around: Don’t tether yourself to one broker’s viewpoint. Invite multiple brokers to present their offers, allowing you to compare and contrast terms, rates and fees.
- Pressure tactics: Beware of brokers who use high-pressure sales tactics to rush you into making decisions. A broker should give you the time and space to make an informed choice.
- Unrealistic promises: Be cautious of brokers who promise too-good-to-be-true deals, such as guaranteed approval or extremely low interest rates, compared with competitors. These promises can signal fraudulent intent.
- Hidden fees: Review the fees associated with your mortgage. Be wary if additional fees or charges suddenly appear without a clear explanation. Hidden fees are against the ethos of honesty and transparency.
- Unauthorised switcheroos: Ensure that the terms and conditions of your loan match what you agreed upon. If the final loan documents contain unexpected changes to details such as loan terms or interest rates, don’t sign until you have clarified and resolved these discrepancies.
What To Do If You Suspect You’re A Victim Of Mortgage Fraud
If you begin to feel unease or suspect any irregularities within your mortgage journey, remember that you’re not alone. Immediately contact property or financial law specialists to report mortgage broker frauds. They can guide you on the best course of action to safeguard your interests.
If you possess substantial evidence or have strong suspicions of fraudulent behaviour by your mortgage broker, promptly report the matter to the relevant regulatory authorities, such as your state’s consumer protection agency or financial regulatory body.
Home Loan Experts’ Anti-Fraud Legacy
At the heart of Home Loan Experts lies an enduring promise of trust and transparency. Our mortgage brokers keep up the legacy of anti-fraud measures. This shows through the gleaming testimonies of customers who’ve journeyed safely with us.
For us, every customer is a dreamer and every dream matters. We understand how much owning a home means to you, and we’re right here, at every step, to answer every question and every concern.
The Best-Interests Duty (BID) is a statutory obligation for mortgage brokers in Australia. It requires them to act in the best interests of their clients when providing credit assistance. This means looking at everything about the client’s situation, not just trying to find the loan with the lowest interest rate.
Since it went into effect on 1 January 2021, the BID has greatly influenced our sector.
Under this rule, here’s what we do:
- Our mortgage brokers always focus on what’s best for our clients.
- We look at all aspects of your situation, not just the interest rate.
- If there’s anything that might affect our advice, we’ll tell you.
- We’ll keep you updated throughout the process of getting a home loan.
Our commitment to the BID shows that we value trust, honesty, and making sure you get the best deal for your unique needs.
FBAA And AFCA Membership
We’re proud members of both the Finance Brokers Association of Australia (FBAA) and the Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA). This means we always work according to the top industry standards. We ensure our service remains top-notch by adhering to these bodies’ experience, education, training and insurance guidelines. Simply put, when you partner with us, you’re choosing quality and best practices.
ISO 27001 Certification For Data Security
We’ve earned the ISO 27001 certification, a top global standard for information security. This achievement underscores our commitment to protecting your data and operations. It means:
- Your personal and business data is shielded with top security measures.
- We always ensure your information remains confidential and accessible to the right people only.
- Our focus on security gives us an edge over others in our field. This certification is our promise to you that your security is our priority.
- We also stay updated with data protection laws, reducing legal risks and ensuring peace of mind.
Talk To An Expert
At Home Loan Experts, we are committed to providing you with the safest and most secure mortgage brokerage services. Your financial wellbeing is our top priority.
Let us guide you to the ideal lender, ensuring your documents align perfectly for swift approvals. And the cherry on top? Our services are completely free of charge.
Call us on 1300 889 743 or complete our free online assessment form and let us help you apply for a home loan.