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    Buying your first home with the government HomeStart grant

    As a first home buyer, you want to get all the help you can get to maximise your borrowing potential. If you’ve been contributing to a Kiwisaver for at least three years, you may be eligible for ifor the government’s HomeStart grant.

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    How big a deposit do I really need?

    You’ve decided to buy a home. So, how much do you actually need to save up?

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    Getting approved for a home loan

    Taking out a mortgage is probably one of the biggest and most important financial decisions you’ll make in your life.. But lenders won’t give out a loan to just anyone.

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    Six tips for saving your deposit

    One of the biggest hurdles on the path to homeownership is saving your deposit, but talking about it isn’t going to fill up your bank account any faster, so let’s look at what you can do.

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    Are you mortgage ready?

    You’ve fallen in love with a home or section, but are you mortgage ready? Having all your ducks in a row will help maximise your borrowing ability - and a better borrowing ability means a better financial situation for you.

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    KiwiSaver: How can it help me get into my first home?

    With property values rising significantly across New Zealand in the last few years, saving a deposit for a home has never been harder, but there is assistance available in some scenarios that can help.

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    Firstly, I have a lot of clients who have emigrated from other countries, once here they add significant value and are good people but they are being affected also, starting a new life and the NZ dream is a very expensive one. My opinion, this is a very clever political strategy by our current go...

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    Your New Home: Buy or Build?

    New Build or an existing home?

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    ​RBNZ maybe winning the battle but will it win the war?

    The RBNZ pretty much declared war on the property investor back in May 2015 with LVR rules on Auckland investors, 30 per cent deposit please. The rest of the country scoffed a little and thought those Aucklanders have had it too good for too long, higher pay, free equity, great transport and fant...

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    President Trump where to from here?

    Well, if 2016 started out slow it’s definitely proved more exciting over the past few months. As I write this article in a café on Brandon Street, Wellington I look out on a very wet day with all of Featherston Street blocked off and Police standing on all corners. It’s November 15, one day after...

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    Our new baby – a small business.

    Our business is exceptionally young and still within the critical 2 year and 5 year phase where 75% and 50% respectively are still trading after this period. I don’t kid myself we have a long way to go.

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    ​Déjà Vu All Over Again….

    One thing I have learnt is that market prices do go down – even housing and it’s never when any one expects it. People say house prices didn’t reduce that much in NZ during the GFC, maybe 10% but we had interest rates go from 10% to 4%, we only have one more time to pull that lever to 0% and ...

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    Is Wellington the new Auckland?

    Parochial Wellingtonian’s may bristle when reading this headline. Having lived in Auckland for 18 months I can testify first hand they are good people but for many of them, life seems to stop after the Bombay’s. Many consider Wellington & its region to be a dead, my opinion is that it is th...