Why Mortgage Lab?

The Mortgage Lab is your friendly, nationwide Mortgage Advice company. We offer to walk you through the process of buying your next property.
Or, if you already own property, we’ll make sure you’re getting the best deal from your bank.
Once we’re there, we’ll make sure that your mortgage is set up exactly as you want.
Most of the time there is no cost to you for this. The banks pay us for our time.

The 5 Steps to Getting a Mortgage

We'll meet and discuss
your needs
We'll go and get approval
from the best bank for you
Pre-approval!
We'll negotiate interest rates
and meet to talk about how you'd
like to structure your mortgage
You've got
yourself a house!

Services

First Home Buyers

We love working with First Home Buyers and we are trusted Advisers for the First Home Buyers Club.
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Own Home Buyers

If you’re looking at upgrading your home, there are few things you need to prepare for.
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Investment Property

Investment property is becoming more and more difficult. The government is using it as a lever to curb finance.
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Interest Rate Negotiations

It’s almost time to refix your mortgage. How do you know if the bank is offering you a fair deal?
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The Bank Said No

Sometimes you’re just not right for the banks. Sometimes it’s your fault and sometimes it’s not.
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KiwiSaver

We’re big fans of KiwiSaver. If you’re employed, we think it is one of the best places to put your money.
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FAQs

For almost all our clients, there is no charge. We work with the banks and they pay us. The only time you'll pay a fee is if we have to send you to a non-bank finance company. You'll always be made aware of these fees long before they are locked in.
The banks pay us to find and prepare the entire application for them. This means they need less people in the branch which is much cheaper for them. Additionally, the bank can focus the type of business they want from us. A bank might call us and say, “we don’t want high risk clients this month but we do want business owners”. And immediately, they will begin to receive those kind of clients from us. In a branch, the banks are forced to accept whatever client walks through the door.
As above, sometimes a bank just isn’t looking for you as a client. In this instance, they can either decline you or make the terms of your lending so ridiculous that you either accept (sucker!) or you go away. We know what banks have an appetite for and send you to the right bank without you shopping around banks.
This is called “shopping the deal” and it appeals to a certain type of customer but the short answer is no, we won’t do that the majority of the time. Each bank runs a Credit Check on you when they approve you and the other banks can see this. This not only lowers your Credit Score (which is not great) but when the bank comes to offer you interest rates, they are not going to bother fighting for a good deal because you are clearly looking at other competitors. This is counter-intuitive to what you might think. Often people think that banks realize they’re in competition and sharpen their pencils. Branch staff will tell you that competition is healthy, but trust us, the internal staff respond much better to loyal customers.
Nope. Is that weird to admit? Bottom line is, you’ll get the same interest rates as us if you’re a good negotiator or if you’re especially charming to the branch teller. So you’ve got those rates. Now which one are you going to choose? 1 year? 5 years? Interest Only? Partly Revolving? Should you take those bonuses they’re offering? Is it worthwhile bothering your Accountant? We go over all of this for free and you don’t even need to go into a branch. And you’ve got our DDI if you have additional questions.
You have to insure the houses that the bank has as security. However, the bank cannot force you to take any form of insurance with them. We recommend getting independent advice on both insurance on your house and personal health insurance.

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Upcoming Events

Construction WebinarHeld weekly – Monday, Wednesday and Saturday – You’re looking to buy a home.  Or perhaps you’re looking for your next investment property.  Have you considered buying a brand new. Read more...
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Mortgage Adviser Career InfoEvery Tuesday at 6pm – Thinking you’d like to be self-employed?  Not sure what you’d like?  Give us 30 minutes of your time and we’ll show you how easy it. Read more...
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Our Latest Articles

Preparing For Your Mortgage – DocumentationGetting a mortgage can be stressful and a lot of that is caused by waiting for the bank to make their offer. You can significantly reduce wait time by providing. Read more...
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What is a Reverse Mortgage?Retirees often find themselves in a difficult financial position.  Short on income but lots of equity, usually stored in their homes.  A typical mortgage top-up won’t work in this scenario. . Read more...
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Case Study – August 2018This month’s case study looks at a client that found themselves almost at the magical 20% deposit.  Almost… but not quite. Let’s call the couple Bill and Hillary (obviously not. Read more...
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Better Budget – All about your heat pumpHi Heat pumps are great.  They are efficient and quick to work.  In fact, Energywise says that a heat pump is the most energy efficient way of using electricity to heat. Read more...
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What is KiwiBuild?Article updated: 16th July 2018 Have you heard about KiwiBuild?  Jacinda Ardern’s Labour government is promoting it’s programme to build 100,000 affordable homes and apartments over the next 10 years.  Here’s what. Read more...
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Couples Should Use Different BanksIn recent years, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand has implemented a host of rules on the banks, particularly around mortgages.  These rules have several purposes. Some of them, like. Read more...
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