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Recommending a mortgage broker in Canberra?

By astrojax - 30 November 2010 30

i know we’ve had advertising features from mortgage brokers recently, but i was wondering if the riotous hive mind can recommend a particular broker, noting why; or steer me clear of one, also telling me why (without, of course, being too slanderous…)

thanks hive mind – i always get the buzz you send…


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vicees 1:29 pm 25 May 15

If you want honest advise from an experienced broker, without a fee and no obligation, I would go to Vijay Gakhar from Aussie Home Loans. With a sound knowledge base and the support of a large organisation you could not do better. Vijay is available 24/7 on 0412248859.

allyroger 10:08 am 21 May 13

I can recommend David Gawthrop absolutely 100% from Tiffen & Co in Kingston. Really knowledgeable and great service. I am going to see him tomorrow to talk about fixing part of my mortgage.

0438 553 756

Madashell 9:46 am 21 May 13

I have been a Westpac customer for a very long time and went to the Petrie Plaza branch (the closest) to be told that they “certainly could not match the deal we were offered at Commonwealth”. They seemed to have the view that it was not worth our while changing banks but we were about to change because the idea of being shafted by our own bank was just too much for us. I then read this forum and noticed that Lisa Brown from Westpac had a big wrap so I rang her and it was suddenly a different world where you were treated like customers rather than scum. Just goes to show that it may be the people rather than the bank that make the difference. If you bank at Petrie Plaza – good luck with that!

saraphine 6:44 pm 28 Jan 13

brilliant riotact ! thanks for the answers to “mortgage brokers in canberra” although dated back in 2010. i have learnt heaps. my first time buying a home…yikes.

goggles13 12:50 pm 27 Jan 13

digging up an old thread.

we are looking to refinance, mostly to get rid of a large credit card bill which in my mind is going to be virtually impossible to get on top of.

we are doing ok with our other personal loans and mortgage.

does anyone know if any banks or credit unions will refinance when the credit card is over its limit and there is no way of getting it under the limit in a short period of time?

should I contact a mortgage broker? if so, who is recommended?

georgesgenitals 5:53 am 04 Dec 10

2604 said :

…like being a youth worker.

Being a mortgage broker isn’t exactly difficult, you just need to know your market. As for Racheal being a youth worker previously, I think that would be desirable, as it indicates the person is more likely to have decent moral standards (I’ve dealt with one mortgage broker who really, really didn’t).

At the end of the day, most mortgage brokers use a software package to assist them, fill out forms, and chase other parties up for you. Which is exactly what I want them to do.

ummmm_no 11:46 pm 03 Dec 10

– 1 for John Osborne from Mortgage Choice.

“He is a top bloke who knows the industry inside out.”

There is a lot of bluster and BS in his attempts to foster an “It’s us against them, without me you’ll be screwed” sort of vibe. If you have a relatively simple case (say, if you’re an academic, pube, or anyone else with a long-term contract), you’ll be fine without a broker. If you have a complicated case, because you’re self-employed, have a short credit history, or whatever, the amount of paperwork will be basically the same whether you do it through “him” or do it directly.

He understandably relies on support staff for a lot of what he does, but he’s very quick to blame them (“Sorry mate, but…”) when something goes wrong. Sorry dude, but you chose your staff, you take the responsibility.

Similarly, he’s quick to blame the lender’s staff for delays. Sorry dude, but you recommended this lender…

If I ever return to Australia and decide to get back into the Canberra market (say, if prices start to look more reasonable versus the south of France, Vancouver, SF, or pretty much anywhere else), then I’d try my luck going direct to the lender, and only rely on a broker if it became absolutely necessary. Ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.

JMDubya 8:30 pm 03 Dec 10

Second for Dave Bryant & JV Financial Group!

He has looked after my parents mortgages over the years and just helped me buy my first home!

He is friendly AND professional, something that seems to be lacking in the industry..


astrojax 11:22 am 02 Dec 10

um, hmmm… yes, point taken, 2604!


2604 9:54 pm 01 Dec 10

…like being a youth worker.

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