Bank Of Sydney Home Loans Review
Owned by: Bank of Beirut SAL
Funded by: Retail deposits and wholesale capital markets
LMI provider: Genworth
Lender type: Non-bank
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A small player in the non-bank lender space, Bank of Sydney has positioned itself as a relationship manager that is willing to work with mortgage brokers to offer customers cheaper interest rates.
Bank of Sydney (formerl Beirut Hellenic Bank) is supported by Lebanon’s largest bank, Bank of Beirut, but it still has a ways to go in terms of helping customers outside of the metro east locations.
How do Bank of Sydney home loans compare?
They’re great at
- Customer service
- Quick turnaround times on pre-approvals and settlements
- Low interest rates on their SMSF limited recourse loan
- Mortgage offset account and redraw available
- Guarantor options available
- Nation-wide ATM access
- They offer low doc and SMSF (self managed superannuation fund) loans
- They will cover part of the legal fee when buying a property
- Dedicated financial hardship team
But they’ve got some drawbacks…
- You need to come up with a larger minimum deposit compared to other lenders
- High standard variable rate compared to other non-bank lenders
- Branch access limited to Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide
- Expensive application, interest rate and ongoing monthly fees on their line of credit facility
- Their variable rate package must be bundled with a credit card and everyday bank account
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What home loan products does Bank of Sydney offer?
Bank of Sydney offers the following packages:
- Expect More Home Loan Package
- Home Equity Maximiser (line of credit)
- SuperLend (SMSF loan)
- Low Documentation Loan
- ResiSec Business and Commercial Loan
Do they still do development loans?
In June 2016, Bank of Sydney said they were concerned about the rate of construction and the oversupply of developments in certain parts of Australia.
It also said that it had received an “enormous amount” of enquiries for construction finance.
Long story short, Bank of Sydney still do construction loans for the development of residential and commercial properties but it’s on a very case by case basis. Bear in mind, they’re a small lender so it’s likely you’ll be able to get a better deal on a development loan somewhere else.
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