And no, not the Bendigo.
This isn’t a paid plug! With all the talk of housing affordability and financial advisers, I thought I’d tell fellow Rioters they can get a loan in Canberra from the Newcastle Permanent Building Society.
I’ve had a good experience with them. Very professional outfit, much bigger than you would expect, and the interest rate I pay has been consistently half a percentage point lower than anything offered by the Big Four. I always get a friendly person on the phone (answered straight away) and it isn’t a call centre. They facilitated my loan here in Canberra with no hassles through an agent. At the time they paid my mortgage transfer fee, but I don’t know whether that was usual or a one-off for a “get new customers” push at the time (definitely worth asking them).
Newcastle Permanent do quite a lot of philanthropic, environmental and social good stuff too. They don’t have ATMS or branches here of course, so I just run mortgage and credit card with them, and annoy ANZ by making them keep my savings/eftpos account going here in Canberra with a minimal balance.
ph 131987 www.newcastlepermanent.com.au