About Us

Mates Rates is an old Australian expression for giving better prices and service to people you care about – your mates, which sums up what we do perfectly. Mates Rates is a professional mortgage broker service dedicated to looking after your interests as if you were our mate.

Mates Rates is not a slick, high profit machine. We are a family owned, family oriented business. We believe in working smart and working hard to achieve outcomes for ourselves, our staff and our customers.

Mates Rates Mortgage Brokers are not paid on commission, but are salaried, educated professionals. Each Professional Home Loan Specialist undergoes ongoing training and is supported by other experienced mortgage professionals. From the beginning, we chose to be on your side. Unlike any lender, or mortgage broker:

  • Lenders pay Mates Rates commission over the life of your loan and we use this commission to help you pay off your mortgage. Now over $4,000,000 of our commissions has been credited to hlp our clients to pay off their home loans!
  • Our buying power ensures interest rates that Mates Rates obtains for you are the same or better than what you will get from any of these lenders directly.

We have been looking after people like you since the beginning, sharing our commission profits along the way because we think it’s the right thing to do.

The range of lenders we access is second to none. Most of our Team are full time employees, although we have some casual staff help us when we get really busy. All are paid the same, no matter what loan or lender you choose.

We know the greatest challenge you face is sorting mortgage myths from the real information you need to make an informed decision. Whether you choose to use our service or not, if you are a borrower, we’re on your side.

How other Brokers cost you more!
Understand the ABG difference here at Mates Rates.

Meet our head office team

Trent Lee

Founding Director & Professional Home Loan Specialist

Trent is the Founding Director of Mates Rates and still has a hands on approach in the business. Trent is a highly experienced broker who is able to assist anyone in their quest to ensure they have the right loan at the right cost. Trent is a seasoned investor who, after early retirement decided to get into an industry he knew needed changing and has been promoting Mates Rates since 2004 as a broking business with a twist!

Robyn Clark

Senior Professional Home Loan Specialist

Robyn is our most experienced Mortgage Broker with 8 years at Companion Credit Union as a loans/branch manager as well as Aussie/Wizard for 7 years as a Mortgage Broker. With a number of other broking roles, Robyn joined the Mates Rates team in 2010 and has helped develop Mates Rates as it is today. With a wealth of knowledge to help everyone from First Home Owners, Refinancers or Experienced Investors, Robyn is always willing to answer any of your questions, even the curly ones!

Sonya Mathers

Loan processing co-ordinator

After 11 years in settlements and stamping with NAB, Sonya decided to take some time out to be a full time Mum. Returning to work in 2010, Mates Rates was able to snap her up from her other employer in 2011 and she is now the go-to person for loan processing to ensure your loan approval runs smoothly. You’ll find Sonya spending many hours a day chasing up banks on your behalf and has a great rapport with lender reps to be able call in a favour or two if required.

Ashlea Gourlie

Mortgage Management co-ordinator

Coming soon…

Lisa Moyle

Professional Home Loan Specialist

Professional Home Loan Specialist – Lisa is a highly experienced Home Loan Specialist with 22 years of experience in the mortgage industry, having worked for CBA and Westpac both in residential and commercial lending. Lisa has also worked for RE/MAX Financial Services in South East QLD as a Mortgage Broker. Lisa joined the Mates Rates team in 2013 and specialises in SMSF lending, commercial lending as well as residential lending. She enjoys assisting customers with their mortgage requirements no matter how complex they may be.

Penni Cahill

Professional Home Loan Specialist

Penni has been in finance since 2005 and throughout that time has gained extensive experience in home lending and financial planning. In 2010 as a self-employed Mortgage Consultant she was successful in becoming the first AMP (Mortgage) Practice in Australia. Penni has brought that extensive knowledge to Mates Rates joining the team in 2014.

Ted O’Shanessey

Professional Home Loan Specialist

Ted joined Mates Rates in February 2015 after a lifetime in Banking, Insurance, Financial Planning and Mortgage Broking having started in the industry with the National Australia Bank in 1971. In 2009 Ted left the industry to pursue a career in sales and marketing and subsequently brought this experience and knowledge to Mates Rates.

Kevin Binello

Professional Home Loan Specialist

Kevin is a highly experienced Financial Planner with a wealth of experience in home lending having previously been employed at the National Australia Bank for 21 years rising Area Service Manager for the Sydney CBD to Private Banking Manager Sydney CBD in the last 16 years with the bank. Kevin specialises in commercial and development lending as well as special projects and all lending in general.

Mitch Binello

Professional Home Loan Specialist

Coming soon.

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Mates Rates In The Media

As well as being experienced mortgage brokers providing you with the best possible loans, Mates Rates offers extensive advice to everybody looking for the right home loan to suit their needs.

For some great advice check out our published articles below.

Can a Propack Home Loan Save You $$$?

Getting the right Load Structure!

Refinancing – The Smart Guide

Sweep To Save