NEWS & INSIGHTS

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    Lending a helping hand

    For many, entering the property market can seem like a daunting - and at times unachievable - goal. If you know someone who is feeling like buying a home is out of their reach, then using a guarantor on their home loan could be an option.

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    Are you making the most of low interest rates?

    ​It's easy to become comfortable with your home loan, especially when you’ve had the same one for many years. While this can be a good sign to show that you're happy with the loan you have, it could also mean you’re missing out on savings.

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    What you need to know about low equity fees

    With so many factors to consider when taking out a home loan, it’s not uncommon for people to not fully understand what low equity fees are and why they exist. Where mortgage protection insurance protects you - the borrower - in the event circumstances prevent you from being able to repay your l...

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    The value of landscaping

    ​At one time or another we all want to add improvements to our home. Whether it’s a major renovation or a simple makeover, sometimes it’s the little things that can add value. Making some changes to the outdoor spaces of your home can help you maximise your sale price when you’re ready to sell.

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    What you need to know about debt consolidation

    When you have multiple debts, it’s not only a challenging task to keep them under control, it can become a big stress on you and your family.

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    Five things your home needs this winter

    The cooler weather has arrived and for the most of us, the temperature is due to drop even further. Taking care of a few things around the house before we hit the depths of winter could make all the difference.

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    Get the most out of tax time

    The end of the income year means that now’s the time to review your current finances and set out your goals for the next 12 months. Here are some tips to maximise tax time.

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    Say farewell to your home loan faster

    After the initial excitement of purchasing property has worn off it can be easy to slip into ongoing loan repayments without too much thought. But by doing this you could miss out on opportunities that could save you thousands and help pay off your home loan faster.

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    Help your kids make cents of money

    Teaching your child how to manage money can set them up with good financial habits and behaviours for life. In a constantly changing financial environment, helping your child understand basic money concepts, and providing opportunities to practice them safely, can have a big impact on their finan...

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    Good news for first home buyers

    A series of changes are set to kick in for first home buyers from 1 April 2015 with the introduction of KiwiSaver HomeStart. The new first home buyer packages have been designed to help people achieve the dream of buying their own home.

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    Three hot decorating trends for 2015

    Making even simple aesthetic changes can give your home a fresh look and feel. A new year is a great time to make some updates to realign your living spaces with your personality and how you use your home.

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    How to achieve your financial goals

    A new beginning (such as a new year) is a great time to set, or review, financial goals. If you want 2015 to be the year you pay off your credit card, take that dream holiday or invest, now is the time to plan to ensure you reach your goals.

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    Tips for making your home Christmasy without the clutter

    Christmas is contagious and bringing the holiday feel into your home and garden is a great way to get caught up in the festivities.