86 400 supercharges its home loan distribution with AFG partnership
86 400, Australia’s first smartbank, has signed a strategic partnership with aggregator Australian Finance Group Ltd (AFG), to further expand its broker distribution network. With AFG on board, one in three mortgage brokers in Australia now have access to 86 400’s smarter approach to home loans.
Over the past 26 years, AFG has grown to become one of the largest aggregators in the market, with more than 3,000 brokers and a loan book exceeding $140 billion. The partnership will see AFG brokers gain access to 86 400’s fully featured Own home loan products from 10 August, which remains the first and only digital mortgage offering for brokers in the country.
With the Own home loan launched in November 2019, 86 400 has quickly become a favourite of mortgage brokers nationwide who are taking advantage of the digital solution, competitive rates and fast turnaround times. The 86 400 solution enables digital verification of identity, digital collection of expense and income information and all 86 400 documents are signed electronically.
86 400 however, goes beyond just innovating across the application process for customers, it directly addresses some of the biggest pain points for brokers such as digital accreditation and innovating a more equitable claw back provision with a step-down process.
While current approval times from larger lenders have continued to slow amidst the current global turbulence, 86 400’s Own home loan can give brokers a yes or no decision in just a few hours.
Robert Bell, CEO 86 400 said: “Brokers and customers want an application experience that’s easy to use and a process that gets them a decision quickly, giving both the broker and customer certainty and peace of mind, and that’s what we’re delivering through our digital solution. Partnering with AFG allows us to continue to help more Australians and more brokers realise the benefits of the 86 400 home loan.”
AFG Head of Sales & Distribution Chris Slater welcomed 86 400 to the panel: “We are pleased to announce the addition of 86 400 to the AFG panel as we continue to ensure the needs of our brokers and their customers are met.”
“One of our core values over the last 26 years has been supporting our brokers to bring competition to the market and the team at 86 400 are very passionate about competing so they’ll fit in very well at AFG. We will continue working closely with our brokers and funders like 86 400 to give them the best possible chance to compete for business.”
86 400 Own Home Loan fixed rates are at an all-time low of 2.24% p.a. (2 year fixed comparison rate: 3.02% p.a.*) for owner occupied principal and interest.
86 400 remains the only newly licensed bank in Australia with both home loan and everyday banking products in market. “We’ve said from day one that we’re not interested in building a niche bank. We have a long-term, sustainable business model, which balances both sides of the ledger, and are busy building and rolling out products and partnerships we know our customers want”, Bell said.
*Comparison Rate: The comparison rate is based on a loan of $150,000 over a term of 25 years. WARNING: This comparison rate is true only for the example given and may not include all fees and charges. Different terms, fees or other loan amounts might result in a different comparison rate.