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    The KiwiSaver HomeStart grant for first home buyers

    If you’re talking to a first home buyer who may be in doubt on how they can finance their first home, I can bring them up to speed about the KiwiSaver HomeStart grant that could be the answer they are looking for.

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    A window in to house prices

    According to QV’s latest House Price Index, between June and August this year, NZ’s residential property values fell 1.6%. Auckland was down 0.4%, Christchurch 0.2% and Queenstown had a heavy fall with a thumping 1.0% drop. That said, on a per annum basis, prices are still up 4.8% but our annual ...

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    Yes, our housing market’s slowing, but so is everyone else’s

    ​Our housing market has become less road runner and more sloth. And we’re not the only country seeing a slowdown.

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    Interest rate 101

    ​What’s a central bank? This is a country's primary monetary authority and it decides on the interest rate. Ours is called the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, known as the RBNZ.

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    Foreign buyers not shown the resi door?

    PM Ardern campaigned hard about reining in the runaway horse of house values. This made sense because NZ’s median price rose by over 60% in the last decade and doubled in Auckland where there’s a chronic housing shortage and the average house costs over $1 million.

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    NZ property market: Looking OK for now

    New Zealand’s biggest property markets are in reasonable shape — prices are stable in Auckland, Dunedin’s are growing and Wellington has been recovering its losses since March. This is happening even while many banks will only lend to borrowers who can afford 7% interest rates.

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    Bank or mortgage adviser? Who should help you with your loan?

    Getting a competitive, hassle-free loan on your own isn’t easy, so do you go with your bank or a mortgage adviser?

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    Brush that mortgage out of your hair

    Paying off your mortgage becomes second nature, like walking your dog or cleaning your teeth. But should you look at how you can pay it off sooner?

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    The national real estate picture

    According to Quotable Value Limited (QV) NZ’s property market will plateau for the rest of this year and into the next. In fact, Dunedin was the only main centre with any material growth in May, up 1.1 per cent, a whopping four times more than any other main centre.

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    RBNZ: move along, nothing to see here!

    Well folks, that’s 20 straight months at 1.75 percent and the RBNZ’s longest run of inertia on rates for many, many years. But the two words from Governor Orr that stuck out were, “for now".

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    Loan Market opens first Hub in Ascot Park

    Loan Market has opened its first collaborative working and client Hub in Ascot Park, Auckland. The Hub will give both advisers and clients a space to meet, learn and work.