NEWS & INSIGHTS

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    Dispelling pre-approval myths

    When you want to kick-start the home buying process, a loan pre-approval will get you on your way quicker. Not only will it make you look more appealing to vendors, it can also boost your confidence going into auctions.

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    Get prepared for the Spring selling season

    Spring is the perfect time to get your house in order. Just like with a spring clean, the warmer weather and lead up to Summer can motivate you to throw open the windows and freshen up your home. If you’re looking to sell, Spring is the perfect time.

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    Market Update: August 2017

    The latest statement from the Reserve Bank reported that the Official Cash Rate remains on hold at 1.75 percent. Governor Graeme Wheeler said that CPI inflation was down in the June 2017 quarter (at 1.7%). It is, however, expected to be variable in the near future, in part due to movements in ...

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    New Zealand’s new migration record

    Recent statistics around New Zealand’s number of migrants have shown that a new record was reached in the past year. Net migration (which means arrivals minus departures) was recorded at 72,400 from the July 2017 year, which is the highest it has ever been. In this 2017 year, there were 132,100 m...

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    House prices falling in Auckland, but not everywhere

    House prices continued to edge lower in Auckland during the slowest mid-winter month and are cooling in surrounding areas. But prices remained buoyant and activity was robust in some major cities that are still benefiting from the tailwind of Auckland’s boom through 2015 and early 2016.

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    NZ growth in property resale profit

    New date by CoreLogic has shown that due to the buoyant conditions of New Zealand’s property market in recent years, there’s been an increase in the number of homeowners who are selling their properties for profit.

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    Putting yourself in a strong position to buy

    The time between making the decision to buy a home and the turning of the key in your new front door can feel like a long stretch, but there are steps you can take right now to put yourself in a strong position when it comes to buying.

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    “Bubble talk” and how to be prepared

    With house prices surging around the world, It’s been predicted by some that New Zealand’s housing bubble will burst. Back in 2014, Forbes reported the country’s property market was the third most overvalued in the world. More recently...

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    Upsize and Downsize: Top tips for your stage in the market

    Whether you’re wanting to upsize or downsize, there are important decisions to make before you consider a move. If you’re on the hunt for your next property, get clear on what you’re looking for and how much money you’ll need. If you find the perfect place before your current home has sold, there...

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    Low interest rates are not just for property

    With interest rates remaining low, in the light of yet another announcement of ‘hold’ from the Reserve Bank, now remains a great time to take advantage of low interest rates. Low interest rates typically signal an opportune time to buy property, but you can capitalise on them even if you’re not i...

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    Market Update June 2017

    It was no surprise this month as the Official Cash Rate remained on hold at 1.75 percent, given that Reserve Bank Governor Graeme Wheeler has previously mentioned that it was likely to remain accommodative. In his recent statement, Wheeler noted there’s been an increase in widespread global ec...

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    Auckland Tops the List of Most Challenging Places to Save a 20% Deposit

    According to interest.co.nz's latest Home Loan Affordability Report, it seems that for potential first home buyers saving for a 20% deposit, home ownership just got a little further out of reach. Depending on where you live in New Zealand, the study found it can take anywhere between two years an...

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    How to get a lender to say yes!

    If you’re thinking about applying for a home loan, it’s important to gain an understanding of what the banks and lenders look for in the approval process. The lender will assess your financial position and ability to service the loan, and based on the level of risk that you impose to them, wil...