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Can I buy an investment property?

Homeownership is the dream and goal of 99% of New Zealanders.   Once achieved, homeowners often to turn to buying their first investment property. How much deposit do you need for…

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How the 2020 LVR Changes Affects You

Updated 16th December 2020 It might feel like decades ago, but on 30th April 2020, the Reserve Bank announced the removal of LVR restrictions on banks in New Zealand.  In…

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Apartments are a very tempting purchase, especially for first-home buyers. They tend to cost less and therefore be much more within reach. And you can pretend you’re living in Manhattan,…

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Turn Key, Progress Payments, Contract, Construction, Building, New Home

For some time now the Reserve Bank has tried to encourage mortgage lending on newly constructed properties. In other words, getting finance is slightly easier if you are purchasing a…

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moving cities

With more employers than ever allowing staff to work remotely, you may be thinking of buying outside the city limits. Without the long commute to work limiting your thinking, suddenly…

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new build or existing home

There’s a lot to weigh up between a new build or an existing house. Some of it is a personal preference; the beauty of a stained glass window in a…

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The question of whether to renovate or pay down your mortgage is not an easy one to answer. It depends on your situation, the state of the property, and what…

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Owning rental properties is a common kiwi dream. Many of us envision going into retirement with a couple or more of freehold properties under our belts, bringing in a nice…

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The thinking behind weekly payments saving you money is this; If you pay $2,000 in monthly payments there are 30/31 days of interest charged before your next payment reduces your…

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Below is a list of common mortgage terms which will help buyers and investors understand the finance journey.  This list is taken from “The Successful First Home Buyer” book. Asking…

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An offset mortgage is when you have one or multiple bank accounts allocated to your mortgage The money in these accounts lower the amount owed. Instead of earning interest on…

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What happens if a Registered Valuation isn't high enough?

There are several reasons why you might need a Registered Valuation when purchasing a property: if you are purchasing a property privately (not through a Real Estate Agent) and are…

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3 Things Investment Property Buyers Can Do To Get Ready

So you’ve decided to purchase an investment property, here are first 3 things you can do to get the ball rolling.

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What does a million dollars buy you in the major cities

With Covid-19 lockdowns, working from home has become the new norm. It’s highly probable that buyers who were previously looking to purchase in the larger cities will now be looking…

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Preparing For Your Mortgage - Documentation

Getting a mortgage can be stressful and a lot of that stress is caused by waiting for the bank to make their offer. You can significantly reduce wait time by…

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Revolving Credit, Floating Account, Mortgage

Most homeowners are familiar with fixed-term mortgages.  Over 80% of NZ mortgages are on some sort of fixed-term; the majority are currently for 1 to 2 years.  But it’s easy…

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Ready to Buy: 3 Things First Home Buyers Can Do Today

Purchasing your first home can be confusing.  The key to being ready to buy is to be organised.  Here are 3 things that first home buyers can do today to…

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Investment Mortgages and Interest Only

In recent years, the Reserve Bank has been working on reducing the amount of Interest Only mortgages in New Zealand. In the article below, we look at how it affects…

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