Are you searching for a home loan? Well you might want to read on, because ME have just released their full year results for 2019 and it looks like the super-fund owned bank’s home loan packages are becoming increasingly popular.
This comes not long after reports that more and more Aussies are turning away from the big four banks for banking and other financial needs. According to ME’s report the bank increased its home loan portfolio by 7.3% to $26.3 billion from June 2018 to June 2019, a whopping 2.5 times the 3% market growth.
As CEO Jamie McPhee said, “Despite experiencing one of the toughest years in banking, with record low credit growth, record low interest rates, a highly competitive environment, and increased regulation and compliance, ME has grown strongly in both home loans and household deposits and has increased its market share and customer base.”
Indeed, ME’s customer numbers have increased a notable 9% throughout the year, that’s a sizeable 1 in 50 Australians that now keep their money with the online bank. The company’s net profits did fall from $89.1 to $67.1 million, but with RBA cuts and a number of banking regulation changes throughout the year this isn’t too much of a surprise. In fact, Commbank and Westpac also reported a decrease in net profits in 2019.
That said, with ME holding a 1.53% share of the home loan market (in June 2019) and more and more Aussies thinking outside the big four box, this online bank and others like it could be set for more growth in the next year.
ME offer a number of home loans, including the Flexible Home Loan Package (Member Package) which has a variable rate of 4.51% p.a. (comparison rate 4.91% p.a.) when taking out a principal and interest loan between $40,000 and $149,999 (with an LVR <80%). It is worth noting that this member package does come with a yearly fee of $395, so before you sign up it might be worth checking out Mozo’s home loan repayment calculator, to see if this deal will save you money in the long run.
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