Since 1880, IMB has been helping Australians reach their financial goals by providing them with access to banking, home and personal loans, financial planning and a wide range of financial products and services. IMB bank has a large community focus and works actively with local communities to provide financial support for projects. Over the years, IMB has grown its branch network throughout the Illawarra, Sydney, NSW South Coast, the ACT and Melbourne.

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Pros:
  • IMB have a wide variety of home loan products to suit most borrowers.
  • IMB loans have flexible options.
  • Loans can be packaged with other products.
  • Some loans offer discounts on interest rates.
Cons:
  • Some IMB loans are not available to refinancers and investors.
  • Some loans products include fees.
IMB Bank customer service:

IMB home loan customers can contact the bank via the customer support contact centre six days a week. Alternatively, home loan customers who prefer face-to-face banking can pop into a branch or book an appointment with an IMB mobile lender through the website. Customers also have the option of emailing their enquiry through an online contact form.

✓     Customer service centre (phone)

✓     Mobile app

✓     Online banking

✓     Email

✓     Branch

✓     Online Chat

✓     Mobile banking staff

How to Apply

IMB provides potential customers with multiple ways of applying for a home loan. This includes filling out an online application form, calling an IMB Loan Specialist or applying in person at an IMB Branch if you’re in NSW. Before applying for a home loan it is advisable to think about how much money you could conceivably borrow given your financial situation and income. You will also need to provide documentation when applying for a home loan. This will include:

  • Proof of identification.
  • Proof of income – whether you are self-employed or work for an employer.
  • Information regarding your current debts, liabilities and assets.
  • Information relating to the property you are buying including a contract of sale.

FAQs

They’re impersonal 

Most comparison sites give you information about rates, fees and features, but expect you’ll pay more with a low advertised rate and $400 ongoing fee or a slightly higher rate and no ongoing fee. The answer is different for each borrower and depends on a number of variables, in particular how big your loan is. Comparisons are either done based on just today or projected over a full 25 or 30 year loan. That’s not how people borrow these days. While you may take a 30 year loan, most borrowers will either upgrade their house or switch their home loan within the first five years. 

You’re also expected to know exactly which features you want. This is fine for the experienced borrower, but most people know some flexibility is a good thing, but don’t know exactly which features offer more flexibility than others. 

What is the flexibility score?

Today’s home loans often try to lure borrowers with a range of flexible features, including offset accounts, redraw facilities, repayment frequency options, repayment holidays, split loan options and portability. Real Time Ratings™ weights each of these features based on popularity and gives loans a ‘flexibility score’ based on how much they cater to borrowers’ needs over time. The aim is to give a higher score to loans which give borrowers more features and options.

They’re not always timely

In today’s competitive home loan market, lenders are releasing new offers almost daily. These offers are often some of the most attractive deals in the market, but won’t get rated by traditional ratings systems for up to a year. 

The assumptions are out of date 

The comparison rate is based on a loan size of $150,000 and a loan term of 25 years. However, the typical loan size is much higher than that. Million dollar loans are becoming increasingly common, especially if you live in metropolitan parts of Australia, like Sydney and Melbourne. It’s also uncommon for borrowers to hold a loan for 25 years. The typical shelf life for a home loan is a few years. 

The other problem is because it’s a percentage, the difference between 3.9 or 3.7 per cent on a $500,000 doesn’t sound like much, but equals around $683 a year. Real Time Ratings™ not only looks at the difference in the monthly repayments, but it will work out the actual cost difference once fees are taken into consideration. 

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