The best mortgage brokers in Canberra 

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Mortgage Brokers Canberra

For most of us, buying a home is one of the largest purchase decisions we will make in our lifetime. Be it an inner-city apartment or sprawling suburban sanctuary; there are a myriad of places that Canberrans call home. And, as the local real estate market heats up, many of us are considering making a move to the next step on the property ladder.

Whether you are a first-time buyer, an upgrader, investor, or downsizer, you are likely to have something in common. And that is the need to secure a loan to assist you along this purchase journey. This loan, or mortgage, finances the purchase with real estate serving as collateral.

The beauty of a mortgage is that it affords an opportunity to purchase a property without needing the full amount up front. With a deposit, assets, secure employment, and good credit rating, potential suiters can own the home of their dreams today. But mortgages are complex things.

They come in all shapes and sizes, with different rates, fees, and options. Mortgages also come with a choice of bells and whistles. Features like off-set accounts and redraw facilities each provide greater choice for borrowers. And with everyone from multinational banks to local credit unions offering mortgage products, the options are almost endless. Add to this, nuances in your personal situation and finding the right loan can become a tedious task indeed.

A financial services arm, brokerage assists with this exact dilemma. Mortgage brokers are professional loan negotiators. Their skills lie in securing competitive loans for clients. As intermediaries between purchasers and lenders, mortgage brokers suggest loan solutions to address need. So, to help you finding a great broker, we’ve provided some helpful hints below.

What makes a great mortgage broker?

Great mortgage brokers are loan sourcing experts, masterminding competitive options on your terms. They make the whole process easier and smoother; and can make it more affordable in the long run. Here are some aspects to consider while evaluating your mortgage broker:

  • Qualified & licenced. The best mortgage brokers are equipped with the right credentials. At the very minimum your broker should hold a certificate IV or diploma in Finance and Mortgage Broking. The most qualified brokers hold a Bachelor of Business specialising in Financial Planning. In addition to qualifications, your mortgage broker must also hold an Australian Credit License (ACL) as issued by ASIC. License holders adhere to high professional standards, so look for these over representatives.
  • Industry affiliated. The most reputable mortgage brokers are affiliated with Australia’s leading industry bodies. Membership indicates support of ethical practises and adherence to strict codes of conduct, which of course benefits end consumers. Check for memberships with the Mortgage and Finance Association of Australia (MFAA) or the Finance Broker Association of Australia (FBAA).
  • Lender accreditations. Generally speaking; the more options a broker can offer you, the better the outcome. So, to maximise your options look for a broker who works with a broad panel of lenders. The best mortgage brokers are accredited with a wide range of banks, lenders, credit unions, and building societies. After all, mortgages come in all shapes and sizes, so hunt far and wide for the right loan solution. Importantly, understand the type of relationship your broker has with each lender, and whether they have a preference. Why? See below.
  • Fees & commissions. While some mortgage brokers will charge for their assistance, others may offer their services free of charge. Interestingly, this is because lenders tend to offer commissions for referred business. These commissions can include lump sum payments on settlement, plus monthly trail payments for the loan’s lifetime. An unbiased product selection is important, as it ensures the best rates and terms for you. The best brokers offer full transparency, so enquire about commissions from lenders and how these are paid.
  • Local and independent. By nature of their profession, mortgage brokers are incredibly well connected. And while these connections are vital to their success, some run deeper than mere accreditation. It may come as a surprise to know that some brokerage firms are wholly or partially owned by lenders. While this ownership undoubtedly offers many advantages there can also be drawbacks that impact a borrower’s options. By choosing an independent mortgage broker you are giving yourself the best chance of unbiased advice. And when locally owned, you are supporting a business to make a positive contribution to the community.

The best mortgage brokers in Canberra

RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 20 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.

To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.

Clarity Home Loans

Clarity Home Loans

Located in Allara Street in Canberra City, they’re locally and privately owned. Most importantly, unlike many others in the industry, their brokers don’t earn commissions. They pay their brokers a base salary, and any bonuses they can earn are largely based on compliance and customer satisfaction, meaning there’s no financial incentive for them to recommend one product over another. They also have access to a panel of more than 30 lenders including all the major banks.

Clarity Home Loans place a strong emphasis on service with company standards that ensure their brokers fully explain not only the home loan process, but the entire property transaction from start to finish including what’s involved from each party at each stage. They have great relationships with all Canberra conveyancers and can guide you through everything from applying for any grants or concessions, to preparing for settlement.

While they’re experienced in all facets of property finance, they’re particularly skilled in helping manage the transition between selling an existing property and buying the next property (which is arguably one of the most confusing property transactions to navigate). They’re also great if you’re looking to refinance or consolidate debts into a single loan.

Clarity Home Loans are well-equipped to help with investment loans (explaining everything from loan products and interest rates, to repayment options and potential tax benefits) and commercial property loans.

They’ve also received loads of positive online reviews, like this RiotACT review from Caroline T, “I highly recommend Radka Paulovicova from Clarity. Our original lender (the bank we had been banking with and who had approved our original loan) were proving to be a nightmare. With only three weeks to settlement (with even less business days because Easter and ANZAC day holidays were in the middle) I called Clarity and explained our situation to Radka… From that first meeting, Radka took control of the process, she identified a new lender with a loan approval processes that would work for us. Her communication skills are excellent and she went above and beyond to make sure every t was crossed and every i dotted so nothing could slow the process down.”

Level 3, 33 Allara Street
Canberra City ACT 2601

AdvisorCorp

Founded locally in 2016, AdvisorCorp offers holistic financial advisory services to both individuals and businesses in the Canberra region. A key specialisation is the procurement of mortgages for purchases, investments, and also refinancing.

Their expert team of mortgage brokers do the heavy lifting sourcing the right loan and terms with their extensive panel of lenders. And they don’t stop at finding the finance, they assist with the entire process from preliminary paperwork through to final approval.

For a personalised and polished boutique feel with highly experienced Canberra brokers look to AdvisorCorp.

Melissa Ryan shared this glowing review on Google, “As current clients of AdvisorCorp we have continually been delivered the best service and professionalism from the entire team.”

Fife Financial

Founded in 2010 by Directors Nick Fife and Michael Slater, you’ll find their Canberra office in Lathlain St in Belconnen, but they also have offices in Goulburn and Wagga Wagga. With more than 30 lenders on their panel including several major banks, they can show you hundreds of different loans and help you manage the process from your initial application through to approval and settlement.

In addition to home loans, they also provide conveyancing, financial planning, legal and insurance services, so are one of the few mortgage brokers in Canberra that can say they honestly provide end-to-end property and financial services.

As part of the Australian Finance Group (the largest mortgage broking group in Australia), they also have access to IT systems which allow them to manage much of the lodgement process online. They’re also participating members of the Credit Ombudsman Service (a dispute resolution service provided by ASIC), which gives you access to external support if you have an issue or complaint about their service or professionalism.

Previous customer Sally Friend had good things to say about them, commenting “Fantastic! Great help! Michael is top bloke!” in her Facebook review of them.

CASA Mortgage Services

Based in Forrest (in Canberra Avenue), they’re not limited to home and investment loans—they can also help with vehicle, equipment and personal loans. With access to hundreds of different loans, they can manage the whole process for you, including handling all the negotiations with your chosen lender.

They can show you loans for almost any type of property purchase whether you’re looking to buy, invest, renovate or review your current loan. They’ll do all the paperwork, manage the application process and take it through to approvals and settlement, allowing you to be relatively hands-off. If you’re strapped for time, their brokers can also arrange to meet you at a time and place that suits you to make the process easier.

They’re a great option for first home buyers, happy to explain everything from your borrowing capacity and repayment options, to eligibility and conditions for the first home buyer grant. They’re also able to offer plenty of tips and advice if you’re thinking of building a new house of building a new house or apartment.

Their brokers can explain the various benefits and drawbacks of every type of loan in depth and they take the time to discuss the other fees and costs of buying a property like stamp duty, legal/conveyancing fees, building and pest inspections, lender costs and mortgage insurance.

Rioter Mark_74 also gave them a good rap, commenting “I highly recommend Joel Defazio from Casa mortgage services. He got me a good rate on my home loan in a timely manner and kept me updated at all times.”

For helpful financial services related to your property purchase check out our articles on the best the best financial planners, the best tax accountants, and the best conveyancing lawyers in Canberra. If you are considering a commercial purchase be sure to read our article on the best commercial mortgage brokers in the region. And, if you are ready to kick off the property search check out our article on the best real estate agents that Canberra has to offer.

Your experience with mortgage brokers in Canberra

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback. If you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Have you had experience with any of the mortgage brokers listed above? If so, share your feedback in the comments below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I consider using a mortgage broker?
As an intermediary between borrowers and lenders, mortgage brokers play an incredibly useful role in the home buying process. If you are short on time their market knowledge can help expedite securing finance; and if you are new to the process their expertise can help to steer you in the right direction. Mortgage brokers can also be useful for buyers in complicated financial situations whose application may be more complex, such as contractors or the self-employed. Importantly, through providing a range of options a mortgage broker enables loan comparison, which may be beneficial in many circumstances.
What questions should I ask a mortgage broker?
A mortgage is a long-term debt where the smallest of differences can accumulate into a big sum over time. That is why gaining an understanding of how each loan works and costs is so important. A meeting with a mortgage broker will help in this understanding, though it does require preparation. Consider asking questions to find out more information on the lenders they deal with; how they earn their fees or commissions; loan specific borrowing costs and available features; along with a rational on each recommendation and the lowest cost option.
What are mortgage features and are they worth it?
In addition to the interest rate, deposit, fees, and repayments; mortgage features are also an important item to consider. Mortgage features are additional loan options that provide greater flexibility, while at times coming in at an additional cost. Examples of such features are offset accounts, redraw facilities, additional or lump sum payments, splitting between fixed and variable rates, and the ability to attain pre-approval. Each has its advantages; and are effectively ways to allow mortgagees to reduce interest paid. Whether they are worth it depends on individual circumstance and needs, so weigh up these options and only consider features that will be used. To find out more, consult your lender or mortgage broker.
What is LMI?
LMI or lenders mortgage insurance is an insurance policy that some loan borrowers need to pay for. Lenders mortgage insurance is designed to protect the lender for financial loss if the borrow cannot meet their home loan repayments. Typically, lenders required LMI when the deposit is less than 20% of the totally property value. LMI can generally be paid upfront or added to your home loan. If capitalised into your loan, the lender would generally charge interest on it along with the rest of the loan. Bear in mind that each lender address LMI differently so be sure to assess options directly or with your mortgage broker.
What do mortgage brokers charge?
In many instances mortgage brokers do not charge borrowers for their services. Rather, they are remunerated in the form of commission by lenders. Usually, this commission is paid as a lump sum of between 0.45% to 0.65% of the total loan amount on settlement, followed by an ongoing monthly payment over the life of the loan of between 0.01% to 0.30%. It is important to note that while some mortgage brokers do not charge fees, there are others who do. So, be sure to shop around and enquire about how each broker charges and receives commissions.

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deltek deltek 7:54 am 22 Nov 19

The Canberra Mortgage Brokers helped me and did a fantastic job!

cruizin cruizin 8:47 am 09 Oct 19

I had Berra finance in Canberra look after me, I can highly recommend Alex he goes all out to help his customer’s he is the best mortgage broker Canberra

carolinet carolinet 10:51 am 10 May 19

I highly recommend Radka Paulovicova from Clarity. Our original lender (the bank we had been banking with and who had approved our original loan) were proving to be a nightmare. With only three weeks to settlement (with even less business days because Easter and ANZAC day holidays were in the middle) I called Clarity and explained our situation to Radka. She arranged for us to come in that evening to discuss our situation. From that first meeting, Radka took control of the process, she identified a new lender with a loan approval processes that would work for us. Her communication skills are excellent and she went above and beyond to make sure every t was crossed and every i dotted so nothing could slow the process down. She delivered and we settled on the designated day and we are very grateful that the service she offers existed. Our only regret is that we didn’t contact her sooner.

Arshia Amirghasemi Arshia Amirghasemi 1:31 pm 04 Jan 19

These days, whatever you wanted to do, buy or seek a service, it’s Dr. Google who holds the answer for you. However, how do you decide which of the options to go with?
I am good with research and numbers. As an Engineer, I can pull apart components of a system or design one. As a certified accountant, I learnt how the banking industry works, what I need to demonstrate, how the finance industry works and how to calculate these magical repayment figures. As a management consultant, I know the client’s expectations of me. The cornerstone is to take my client on a journey!
If I were to highlight one lesson that I learned during the last 17 years of my professional work it is going to be: find the experts in what you want to get done and let them score you the best outcome. We all know how stressful is our daily life is! Add to that building your dream home! The result is, lots of hard decisions to be made.
Here is where “Clarity” comes to play! The way they listened to me; understanding what I wanted to achieve; developing number of options with their pros and cons; taking me on that journey to land on the best option for me, and most importantly, making that plans come to life and secure the funds!
If you are in the market for a loan, Clarity is the way to clarity!

Ray Moon Ray Moon 2:41 pm 12 Dec 18

Nitish Kumar from Clarity Home Loans = THE BEST!! This is the third time I have used Clarity and they just keep getting better every time! Their processes are impeccable, they are prompt with updates and are always up to date with the market. I can not recommend Nitish, Melissa and the entire team highly enough! Use them and you will be set for life! Until the next one team 🙂

Joanna Shapley Joanna Shapley 12:41 pm 10 Dec 18

Very highly recommend Nitish from Clarity Financial – very helpful, clear, open and quick. Kept in touch the whole way through the process as well as of follow up after I settled! Easy and transparent

MsAnnoyed MsAnnoyed 11:20 pm 30 Nov 18

I’m really happy to have seen this story about Mortgage Brokers in the ACT. It’s a daunting business lending money no matter how much it is…..and when you are looking at borrowing money for a big purchase like a house….. it’s scary….. it’s a commitment….. it effects your life. I first had the good fortune to come across Micheal Searle who is now at Clarity some 15 years ago. 3 houses later, and numerous loans later for family and friends I can wholeheartedly recommend Michael. What’s good about Michael? 1. His experience. 2. His knowledge. 3. His ability to tailor loans to suits individual needs. 4. His ability to understand where you are in life and what’s important to you. 5. His ability to explain everything to you in layman’s terms. 6. He makes it easy. 7. He knows his banks and they know him, and 8. His demeanor. He’s just so damn likable. Does this sound like an ad? Maybe. However it’s well deserved. He’s honest, he’s about what you want, and what you can afford. I trust him, my family trust him, and my friends trust him. He looks after YOU. One doesn’t need anymore than that when looking for a loan.

Lisa Finlayson Lisa Finlayson 8:03 pm 30 Nov 18

As a first time home owner, I was very nervous as I didn’t even have a credit card and didn’t know what to do. Michael Searle soon put my mind at ease and walked me through which made it very easy. Four years later he continues to keep me informed and always makes sure I am aware of all options. I would highly recommend Michael and am very grateful for his extensive knowledge and support he has provided.

nathank nathank 7:12 pm 30 Nov 18

I would recommend Michael Searle and his team at Clarity Home Loans to anyone. He’s great at working with his clients to make sure they understand their options and offers recommendations that take your circumstances into consideration. He has been very patient with me and my typical onslaught of questions 🙂

Codie Murray Codie Murray 12:49 pm 30 Nov 18

I think it’s pretty clear the Michael Searle is the best in the industry. I completely agree with all the reviews below, he is so good at what he does and knows the bank’s inside and out. Michael is extremely helpful, intelligent and wise, we have saved thousands of dollars by following his advice and wisdom.

Jade O Jade O 11:39 am 30 Nov 18

I absolutely would second Michael Searle from Clarity Home Loans. He’s a helpful and personable Mortgage Broker and makes it easy for the every man to understand the home loan process making it an exciting and stress free experience!

paigeebony paigeebony 11:33 am 30 Nov 18

By far the best mortgage broker is Michael Searle from Clarity Home Loans. He is very professional and extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of real estate.

As you can imagine becoming a first home owner is very overwhelming, Michael explained absolutely everything from start to finish in great detail, answered all questions and made me feel at ease.

I have now been in my unit for nearly 3 years and will be using Clarity/Michael Searle in the new year when my partner and I buy our family home.

I cant thank you enough for everything Michael, you are the best.

Tara Jones Tara Jones 7:56 pm 29 Nov 18

Best mortgage broker is Michael Searle from Clarity Home Loans. I could not recommend him enough.
He explained everything with great detail to myself and my parents (guarantors) predicted possible problems that could arise and provided a solution as well as liasing with my real estate agent and solicitors to make it easier for me as a first home buyer as I really didn’t have a clue what I was doing until I met Michael. Always able to answer any of my questions and easy to trust and so reliable.
He was recommended to me by 2 other people and I hope he gets many more reccomendations as he is by far the best.
In around 2 weeks I will officially be home owner thanks to Michael!

Sandeep Nandula Sandeep Nandula 6:36 pm 26 Nov 18

I have used Guy Curtis from Clarity Home Loans to refinance and purchase a new property. I am extremely happy with the service I received. Guy has been excellent, fast and responsive. He is very patient at explaining, and structured my residential + investment loans very well.

I would strongly recommend Guy Curtis from Clarity Home Loans if you are looking for a reliable mortgage broker.

Mitch Butler Mitch Butler 9:46 pm 02 Nov 18

I used Michael Searle from Clarity Financial for the purchase of my property. Michael is a broker that can be trusted to negotiate the right deal for you. He explained everything and made the process easy to understand. Highly recommended to all.

vicees vicees 8:03 pm 18 Oct 18

Contact Vijay Gakhar, Senior Mortgage Broker at Aussie on 0412248859 or email him at vijay.gakhar@aussie.com.au if you want honest advise for your home or commercial loan needs. His professional service is free with no obligations. He has 17 years of experience in Canberra and is able to help you with a purchase, refinance or construction from 100s of loans to choose from. He helped us navigate through a very difficult situation and dealt with all stake holders on our behalf.

tilleynove tilleynove 5:12 pm 28 May 18

I do not recommend Home Loans Canberra. We did not trust them to sort out what was required for our application and as such, our settlement date was significantly delayed. We had to contact the banks directly to sort out the issues. Just do your research online and drop into the banks to figure out the best options for you.

Mark_74 Mark_74 10:23 pm 07 Apr 18

I highly recommend Joel Defazio from Casa mortgage services. He got me a good rate on my home loan in a timely manner and kept me updated at all times. His number is 0411 801 949

Julia CBR Julia CBR 12:27 pm 30 Oct 17

I recommend Estelle Whitby from Bendigo Bank. Estelle was able to come to me when it suited me. I have a great product and a great rate and its also nice to know Bendigo Bank is helping my Canberrra Community. Call Estelle 0401 520 397

Peter Smith Peter Smith 7:41 am 03 Sep 17

I used Shannon from Clarity Home Loans to refinance and restructure my loan and was very happy with the service I received.

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