Personal Loan Broker – The Monzi Guide

A personal loan broker can find you the best loan for your individual situation. By using a broker, you can avoid shopping around for a loan yourself. It is, however, important you pick the right broker. Not sure where to start? Monzi can help.

Please note, certain ideas and products presented in this article may not be offered by Monzi nor the lenders we work with. This article presents only general information. Consider seeking professional financial, taxation, legal or other advice to check how the information and ideas presented on this website relate to your unique circumstances.

What is a personal loan broker?

A personal loan broker is someone who helps you find a good deal on a personal loan. Specifically, brokers look within their panel of credit providers to find you a deal.

Brokers will generally have a panel of lenders that they do business with. If you employ the services of a broker, you may be offered a product from within this network.

By employing a broker, you have one point of entry for all your personal loan needs. Regardless of whether you’re looking to renovate or use your money to repair your car, your broker can try to help.

What are the benefits of a broker?

There is a number of important benefits to employing a broker, including:

  • Convenient. Saves you the time and effort of looking for a loan yourself. In addition, most brokers offer their services online, meaning you don’t have to book any appointments sign physical paperwork.
  • Expertise. Brokers may be useful if you fail to meet the requirements of traditional lenders. If you, for example, have poor credit history, your broker may quickly find you a lender willing to consider your application.
  • Credit score. Your broker may help you maintain your credit score by avoiding unnecessary applications. Specifically, brokers will not recommend a loan product they know you are unlikely to be approved for.

Personal loan broker comparison

As we are sure you will notice, there are a lot of different brokers out there. While they initially may seem very similar, consumers should always spend time comparing their different options.

To give you a better idea, consider the below list when comparing brokers.

  • Loan type. Confirm the broker you are looking at offers the personal loans you’re looking for.
  • Interest. Brokers generally only offer fixed interest loans, but others may also offer variable.
  • Lending panel. Brokers work with their panel of lenders to find you a good deal. Obviously, the bigger the broker’s panel of lenders, the higher your chance of getting a good deal.
  • Operations. While most brokers operate online, others may use traditional forms of communication, like phone, fax or post. Weigh up which system works best for you. Keep in mind, lenders operating online will generally process loans quickest.
  • Customer support. Is your broker easy to get in contact with? Do they provide an adequate level of customer service? Remember, you’ll deal with your broker for the life of your loan, so choose wisely.

Things to avoid when selecting your broker

Obviously, a broker may make accessing personal loans much easier. However, a broker may not be for everyone. Furthermore, not all brokers were created equally. Consider, as a result, the following:

  • Small panel of lenders. If your broker has a very small pool of lenders, your chances of finding a good deal may diminish.
  • Commission. Essentially all brokers will earn commission one way or another – it’s how they make money. However, certain brokers may pressure you to sign up with lenders that offer them more commission.
  • Fees. Make sure you clearly understand what fees and charges you’ll have to pay your lender.

What is a high risk personal loan broker?

High risk brokers specialise in helping consumers with particularly poor credit history.

If you, for example, have multiple defaults or bankruptcies listed on your report, lenders will consider you a risky loanee. This may bar you from most traditional lenders, as well as drive the rates and fees you’re expected to pay up.

A high risk broker may help you find a lender willing to consider your application.

What questions should I ask my broker?

As mentioned, brokers are personal loan experts. Moreover, your broker will gain an understanding of your personal situation and objectives and make recommendations accordingly.

Consider asking your broker the following questions:

  • Which personal loan company is best for my situation?
  • What does my credit profile mean for my chances of approval?
  • Who is on your lending panel?
  • What information do I need to have ready for my application?

Where can I find a broker?

Looking for a loan broker near me? Luckily, brokers operate all over Australia. No matter what state or city you’re in, you’re bound to find a convenient option.

The table below shows examples of where brokers are potentially available.

Loan broker near meLoan broker Brisbane
Sunshine Coast broker for personal loansGold Coast brokers
Canberra brokersBroker for unsecured loans Sydney

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Is Monzi a personal loan broker?

No, we are a lender-finder service. While they may seem the same initially, there are a few key differences between Monzi’s service and a broker.

Brokers will gain an understanding of your situation, requirements and objectives, and then will use this information to try and find you a loan from within their panel. Monzi’s lender-finder service, on the other hand, operates a little differently.

When you apply on our site, we gather your information into an application. If your application pairs with a lender in our network, they’ll first assess it before providing an outcome.

In other words, Monzi does not pick the lender for you. Instead, once your application is in our system, credit providers will get in contact if they can make you an offer. Therefore, we cannot guarantee your chances of approval nor things like you being offered a loan without a credit check.

Monzi Personal Loans

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Costs

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You won't use a penny to apply for our lender-finding service, but here's some costs you could expect from a lender

Loan amount

$300 - $2,000

Terms

12 months

Costs

20% upfront establishment fee

+ 4% monthly fee

Example

Loan Amount of $1,000 over 6 months repayable weekly (25 weekly repayments). $1,000 (Principal Amount) + $200 (20% Establishment Fee) + $240 (fees based on 4% per month over 25 weeks) = $1,440 total repayable in 25 weekly installments of $57.60.

Under the current legislation, most small personal loan providers don’t charge an annual interest rate (you’ll know this as an APR) %. The maximum you will be charged is a flat 20% Establishment Fee and a flat 4% Monthly Fee. The maximum comparison rate on loans between $300 and $2000 is 199.43%. This comparison rate is true only for the examples given and may not include all fees and charges. Different terms, fees or other loan amounts might result in a different comparison rate

Loan amount

$2,001 - $4,600

Terms

13 months

24 months

Costs

48% annual percantage rate

67.41% comparison rate p.a.

Example

Loan Amount of $3,000 over 18 months repayable weekly (78 weekly repayments). $3,000 (Principle Amount) + $400 (Establishment Fee) + $1,379.06 (reducing interest) = $4,779.06 total repayable over 18 months with weekly installments of $61.27.

The Interest Rate for Secured Medium Loans is 48%. The Typical Comparison Rate is 67.41% p.a. WARNING: This comparison rate is true only for the examples given and may not include all fees and charges. Different terms, fees or other loan amounts might result in a different comparison rate with the lender that finances your loan. Click here to see a worked example.

Loan amount

$5,000 - $10,000

Terms

13 months

24 months

Costs

21.24% annual percantage rate

48% comparison rate p.a.

Example

Loan Amount of $10,000 over 24 months repayable weekly (104 weekly repayments). $10,000 (Principle Amount) + $5,577.12 (Interest) = $15,577.12 total repayable over 24 months with weekly installments of $149.78.

The Interest Rate for Secured Large Amount Loans is 48%. Maximum Comparison Rate is 48% p.a. WARNING: This comparison rate is true only for the examples given and may not include all fees and charges. Different terms, fees or other loan amounts might result in a different comparison rate with the lender that finances your loan. Click here to see a worked example.