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3 things you can do to get ready for your mortgage (no matter when you’re buying)

Order your Credit Report

It’s free to order your own Credit Report and is a great insight into what the bank will know about you. See what loans are recorded against your name. See what the Utility Companies say about you (if you’re late paying the Electricity company, they now note this on your Credit Report and the bank hates it).

But most importantly, see if there are any defaults marked against your name and, if they are incorrect, start the process to get it corrected. This is a long and tiring process so it’s better to know 3-4 months before you want to apply for a mortgage.

You can check your credit report at www.checkyourcredit.co.nz or creditsimple.co.nz

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Find out when you’re eligible to withdraw your KiwiSaver

You need to have been in KiwiSaver for 3 years before you can withdraw it for your first home. You're allowed to take all but $1,000 from your funds if you meet the criteria..

Not sure if you're eligible? Give your KiwiSaver provider a call to see if and when you are eligible.

Don't know who your KiwiSaver provider is? Give one of our KiwiSaver Advisers a call and they can your funds into a known provider for you.

Take a look at the First Home Buyers Club summary of KiwiSaver Withdrawal For First Home

Our book "The Successful First Home Buyer" walks you through each step to present yourself to the bank as the perfect first-home buyer. Available in paperback at The Book Depositary or on Amazon Kindle.

Ask your boss for a pay rise

Hey, why not? An additional $3,000 per year could get you a house worth $50,000 more. That can make quite a difference in some areas and could be the difference between getting your dream house or missing out on it.

Take a look at these 5 Tips For Getting A Pay Rise

Remember, when it comes to talking to a Mortgage Adviser, there is no such thing as “too early”. We prefer to get you on the right path now so when it comes to applying for finance, it all goes nice and smoothly.

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