1. Can we use Census stats to predict trends and hotspots?

    Results from the 2013 New Zealand Census have been released and hold some interesting insights into home ownership and renting, the size of our homes and how much we pay for them.

  2. Top renovation tips to add value to your property

    ​Renovations are a great way to add value to your home or investment property. Plan your renovation carefully so you don’t waste time or money. It’s a good idea to keep a scrapbook of ideas, gathered from magazines, books and the internet, to firm up the look and feel you want in your home.

  3. Bringing the outdoors in

    ​Just because the cooler weather has kicked in it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on fresh air and leafy surroundings. With the right indoor plant selections, you can bring the outdoors (and some of the benefits) to your living space.

  4. Need to upsize?

    ​There comes a time in the life of every family when the question is asked - should we renovate or upsize? The home you had when your first child was born may not be big enough to comfortably live with a bigger family. So the hard task of deciding what to do pops up.

  5. Sizzling winter heat

    In winter we all want to be cosy and warm at home. By making smart decisions about the way you heat your home you can save money and maximise the value of your property. Depending on what you’re looking for, there are many stylish or environmentally friendly (some are even both!) ways to heat you...

  6. The latest Autumn trends for your home

    ​As Autumn sets in, you’ll most probably be spending more time indoors. Give your space a quick seasonal update with these hot trends for the cold weather ahead. It can be as little as changing your cushions or as big as updating your kitchen and bathroom - but whatever your budget, these Autumn ...

  7. Self employed? Are you missing out?

    ​If you’re self-employed, it’s likely you work with a business manager at your bank. While it can seem easier to work with them for all your finance needs, make sure you aren’t missing out by getting a second opinion.

  8. Get into your first home with KiwiSaver

    ​We understand that you want to get into your first home sooner rather than later, but with house prices on the rise, saving a 20% deposit can be daunting. I can talk you through the options to get into your home sooner than you think. You might be eligible for one of the finance solutions design...

  9. Fix or float? That is the question

    Many industry experts are now expecting an interest rate rise in March and further rises to follow throughout 2014. So with this in mind, people are starting to ask me ‘should I fix my home loan now?’

  10. Getting into your own home sooner

    ​Last October the Reserve Bank introduced new restrictions to stop high risk lending. Worried by the threat of high-risk lending practices (that is, loans granted with low deposits), the Reserve Bank saw these restrictions as a way to increase the stability of the financial system. The new restri...

  11. Are you ready for refinancing?

    There are lots of reasons to refinance your home loan. You may have found yourself with extra cash in your pocket from lower repayments. Perhaps you've landed a new job and have more money to spare each week. Or maybe you're sick of paying for loan features that you don't need. Part of making sur...

  12. Prioritising your finances for 2014

    ​Will you open up a savings account and place extra money there? Perhaps you'd like to take the opportunity to branch out into property investment? Or maybe you'd like to pay down your debt while interest rates are low? As rates can change quite rapidly, it's best you make a decision sooner rathe...

  13. Keep the Summer Feel in Your Home

    Summer is a great time to renew and refresh your home - inside and out - to herald in the warmer weather and longer days. Whilst the summer holidays have now been and gone for most of us, there are ways you can keep the summer feeling in your home for longer with some simple home styling. There a...