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Already own your own home? We could save you thousands of dollars on your mortgage.

It’s amazing how a small tweak can save you thousands, or even tens of thousands, of dollars over the term of your mortgage.

When you first purchased you may have been forced to go with a particular bank. Maybe your income has changed or you’ve had a baby. Or you’re dreaming of using some of the equity in your house to do some renovations.

Whatever your situation, now you’re a couple of years on, it’s time to reassess.

Some questions to ask yourself:

  • Are you happy with the bank you are with?
  • Do they offer all the mortgage products you need to pay down your mortgage quickly?
  • Have you reviewed your mortgage in the last 2 years?

That’s where we come in.

We will:

  • Assess your current structure and situation
  • Consider what the other banks provide
  • Provide specific advice on the best mortgage structure and bank for you
  • Manage any changes to your mortgage as a result of the review.

If you’re looking to refix your current mortgage we can help you negotiate the best deal with your bank. Click here for more information.

Talk to an adviser today.

Our mortgage brokers can help you…

  • Save money on interest rates
  • Find the best bank for you
  • Pay your mortgage down more quickly
  • Upgrade your home

and much more!

Not sure whether now’s the right time?

Even if you’ve got fixed mortgage rates, we can review your mortgage at no cost and see whether a complete change is right for you.  There’s no cost and no contracts.  If we help you into a better financial position, we’re paid by the banks.

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FAQs

This is called bridging finance. It can get a little expensive but is possible if you have enough equity in your current home. Generally, if the total of your current mortgage + the new purchase = less than 80% of both properties it is achievable. You would need to commit to selling your current property within 6 months.

For more information on bridging finance, read our article here.

The banks typically try for 5 working days.  The timer starts when we receive all the required documentation and submit your application.  Sometimes turnaround can be as low as 2 days or sometimes it can be slightly longer.  If your application is urgent (required in less than 10 working days), let us know as soon as possible and we will mark it as urgent.

It’s important to get us all the documents before we can submit the application.  This includes proof of income (payslips or year-end financials) ana bank statements (click here to learn how to correctly export your bank statements).

Almost all Mortgage Lab services are at no direct cost to you as our brokers get paid a commission by the banks and other lenders when a mortgage is finalised or refixed.

The exceptions to this:

  • If a mortgage is paid off or discharged within 27 months, a fee may be incurred.  See our FAQ: What if I sell my home or refinance my mortgage shortly after using a mortgage broker?
  • Finance companies may require a fee to be added to the loan rather than paying us a commission. You’ll always be made aware of these fees long before they are locked in.
  • If, following the service provided by the adviser, you elect not to continue engaging Mortgage Lab to settle the mortgage or finalise the insurance product, the adviser may charge you an hourly rate of $250 for the work provided.  The maximum charge we will typically invoice for is $2,500.

The commissions paid are below.  These commissions are accurate at the time of writing – 15th March 2021

LenderUpfrontTrailRefix
ANZ0.85%N/a$150
BNZ0.55%0.15%N/a
ASB0.85%N/a$150
Westpac0.60%0.20%N /a
Sovereign Home Loans0.60%0.20%N/a
ASAP Finance LimitedFee ChargedN/aN/a
Avanti FinanceUp to 0.80%N/aN/a
CressidaFee ChargedN/aN/a
DBRFee ChargedN/aN/a
First Mortgage TrustFee ChargedN/aN/a
Heartland Bank (Reverse Mortgage)1.50%N/aN/a
Liberty Financial0.60%0.15%N/a
NZCU (Personal Loans)1.00%N/aN/a
RESIMAC0.60%0.15%N/a
SBS Bank0.80%N/a$150
Southern CrossFee ChargedN/aN/a
The Co-operative Bank0.70%N/A$150

The banks all have different policies and risk tolerances. Buyers can get frustrated and waste a lot of time going to banks that won’t suit their needs.

Using a mortgage broker gives you a view of all the banks and their policies. It means you find the right bank faster and with less stress. With a mortgage broker, getting a mortgage isn’t complicated. It’s about proving you have enough deposit and enough income and then heading to the right bank with that information.

Some tips to making your mortgage application easier: get your documentation sorted early and keep your spending as low as possible in the 3 months leading up to your application.

If you’d like to learn the basics, we have a course which teaches you everything you need to know about buying your first home.  You can find out more here.

The first step to upgrading your home is to know what is financially possible. There is no cost when consulting a Mortgage Lab broker so we recommend talking to an adviser early to see what is possible for your financial situation.

Using a mortgage broker generally means no direct costs to you but there will be a couple of unavoidable costs there. These may include:

  • A Registered Valuation ($800 – $1,200)
  • Solicitor Costs ($800 – $1,500)
  • LIM report ($150 – $400)
  • Builder’s Report ($100 – $500)
  • Weather Tightness Report for Monoclad houses ($300 – $1,000)
  • Finance fee for non-bank lending (~1%)

Prices can vary. Always request a quote before ordering a report.  For a list of property professionals that you’ll likely work with, see our article here.

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.

What Past Clients Say…

Much better outcome than what I expected. Very nice person with great knowledge and advises.

Johnny Ang

Top Up - J Sugiarto, Auckland

Rachel was very helpful taking the stress out of the whole process and went the extra mile to ensure I got what I needed.

Rachel Railey

New Home and Consolidation - V Aperahama, Auckland

I was buying a house on my own and was very unsure of what the next steps were. Right from the beginning I was stepped through what I needed and who I had to call. When I was overwhelmed by the process and panicked that it wasn’t going to happen. Laura reassured me and supported me with the next s…

Laura Cates

New Home - D Heta, Whangarei

Lynne was great to work with as a broker.

She was clear about what could be achieved and was available to field questions.

In what have been challenging times she worked really hard for us and was most interested getting the right outcome rather than the quickest solution.

We will be working with Lynne in the …

Lynne Dent

New Home - J Reeves, Christchurch

Lynne has been fantastic at helping us achieve our dream of buying our first home. Her advice and guidance was so thorough. Would highly recommend her.

Lynne Dent

Purchase of New Home

Laura was such a lovely person. Not only did she do an excellent job, she really cares about her clients. She made the process so easy. She also recommended a KiwiSaver adviser as well. I think everyone should use a mortgage advisor and Laura is highly recommended by me.

Laura Cates

New Home - J Lewis, Northland

Huriana has been amazing throughout our whole process! From the minute we contacted her to ask for advice to the minute our build contract and section settled – she was there. Huriana was highly professional and helpful during what ended up being a long and complicated process. To be honest, we…

Huriana Tahere

New Build - Christchurch
Lynne was recommended to me and I highly recommend Lynne to others. Lynne is highly professional and uses down to earth language.  She has a vast financial knowledge base and I could feel her passion for helping women gain financial freedom. Cheers Lynne you’re an absolute gem.

Lynne Dent

New Home - C Bunting, Christchurch

Brett has helped us a couple of times and he’s been fantastic. We’ve recommended him to our friends and family as well.

Brett Davies

Top Up - Auckland

She is excellent. She is very helpful.

Cindy Huang

New Home - J Yang, Auckland

An awesome advisor, excellent explanations that made it easy to understand the process. Very well balanced professional advice with the much appreciated personal touches throughout especially the small words of encouragement that actually meant the world and made a great difference to my wife and I, in …

Bryony Tesar

New Home - Auckland

Thanks Lynne, all credit to you for keeping up with our ever-changing plans and grasping our preference for managing the paperwork online digitally which was so much more efficient and convenient for us during this hectic period. You were a pleasure to deal with.

Lynne Dent

New Home - Waikawa

Lynne was fantastic to work with, totally honest all the way through and she really understood the way my pay worked (as I am self-employed). I felt that she was totally in my corner all the way through.

Lynne Dent

Refinance - J Denham, Christchurch

Cindy was brilliant! She got us a mortgage when I thought we wouldn’t have a chance because of our age!

Cindy Huang

New Home - J Hoby, Auckland

Brett was great to work with, very supportive and genuinely committed to helping me buy my house.

Brett Davies

New House Purchase - Tauranga

We bought a house in very difficult times like I’m sure a lot of people. The Mortgage Lab but especially Roger made this a seamless process. I could not think of anything they could have done better. I would never use anyone else when buying my next property. Highly recommend them. Roger did every…

Roger Fairbairn

New Home - D Hamel, Wellington

Lynne was great to deal with and always available to answer any questions we had. Lynne made the process easy. Thanks Lynne!

Lynne Dent

New Home - C Steele, Wellington

Lynne was amazing to work with. We were referred to Lynne by another Mortgage Lab team member who was no longer able to look after us and since we were moving to another area they chose Lynne to be the most suitable and she really was 🙂 Not only did Lynne always make the time to answer our questions …

Lynne Dent

New Home - V Hodge, Rotorua

Keith has fast communication and is able to work with unusual situations creating a positive outcome for us.

Keith Munro

Top Up on Existing Mortgage - Wellington

It was a hard 4 months getting through the new banking changes and dealing with the change in market conditions. Brett was there every step of the way and we are now happily settling into our new rural property. Thanks heaps!!!

Brett Davies

New Home - B Kruger, Upper Hutt

I am really happy working with Johnny Ang as he always ready to answer my question and understand my situation.

Johnny Ang

Top Up - Auckland

Laura made this process painless. We have some advantages in our favour but it was effortless from our end. Highly recommended.

Laura Cates

New Home - P Smith, Northland

Karen was amazing, super quick and helped us amazingly. She was also great at answering any stupid questions that we had and explained everything in an easy to understand way. She was amazing, going above and beyond what we had expected.

Karen Hyland

New Home - S North, Auckland

From start to finish Karen Latimer was there every step of the way. It was challenging for her and for us, but we got there in the end.
Without Karen’s knowledgeable help we would not be where we are today.
Thank you so much from Diana, Nigel and Kimberly for all your hard work. We are so grateful for e…

Karen Latimer

New Home - D Lewis, Dargaville

Brett was so patient with the ongoing fiddly issues that I was having with the bank. He was so prompt to reply to my queries no matter how big or small. I really appreciated his expertise and support.

Brett Davies

Top Up - L Beneka, Auckland

Lynne did a brilliant job organising us into our first/down sizing home. We didn’t think we had things quite in place but non the less when a place popped up we were really interested in she was able to work her magic and we have now been in our own home for a couple of months.She was so knowledge…

Lynne Dent

Purchase of New Home

I would recommend Mortgage Lab and Huriana Tahere to anyone looking for a mortgage. They work for you to find the best solutions for you to select from. I would rate them 5 stars.
Huriana could not have worked harder for us and we felt she went above and beyond. There were hurdles and she managed to fin…

Huriana Tahere

Building New Home - M Cunningham, Dunedin

Roger has been amazing on my journey to purchase a new home. Communication was fantastic, all my questions were answered, and Roger was always so friendly and a pleasure to work with. Without Roger’s help, I don’t think I could have achieved my goal of a new home, and I am so grateful to hav…

Roger Fairbairn

Refinance - C Willsher, Wellington

Huriana was incredibly patient and was very professional… my personal situation took a long time to get the end result but we got there all with the wonderful help of Huriana – I am incredibly grateful xx

Huriana Tahere

New Home - J McWhannell, Christchurch

Karen was really thorough in our initial meeting and kept us well informed along the way! Super friendly and did a great job.

Karen Hyland

New Home - J Chatfield, Auckland

Huriana has been fantastic, no hesitation in recommending her.

Huriana Tahere

Refinance - D Ackley, Christchurch

Would not have asked for anything better but to get an experienced broker at my very doorstep. I applaud your care & support and irrespective of the results of all this, you have really gone above & beyond.

Lynne Dent

Purchase of New Home

Great experience, Lynne found the best mortgage option for me, was so considerate of my situation and kept me informed throughout the process.

Lynne Dent

New Home Purchase - J Rait, Rolleston

Quick response and helpful.

Johnny Ang

New Home Purchase - Auckland

Lynne was phenomenal, and a real asset to your team. Nothing was ever a problem, she responded quickly and was genuine in her efforts to help us buy a home, even with our fairly complex income arrangements. She’s a star.

Lynne Dent

New Home - M O'Connor, Christchurch

Laura is perfect! Smart, efficient, get to the point, proactive, no complicated docs and no emails going back and forth, just perfect!

Laura Cates

New Home - J No-Ingham, Northland

Johnny Ang is a reliable professional with great character. He had exceeded our expectations and went extra mile helping us. We will definite engage him again!

Johnny Ang

Refinance - E Mangampat, Auckland

Wanda was brilliant right from the first contact we had an with her. We were looking to buy a home in New Zealand after arriving from overseas and Wanda was knowledgable, supportive, friendly and always there to answer our questions. We have just moved into our new home and could not have done it withou…

Wanda Casey

New Home - Auckland

Brett is excellent, we’ve worked with him for over 3 years now. From his initial consultation for a simple (ish) mortgage to our recently sorted construction loan Brett works hard to make sure the job is done. We would recommend his as your finance partner!

Brett Davies

New Home - A Camson, Auckland

Karen and I work in similar industries so I thought I had a pretty good idea about what I wanted to do with my mortgage. Her advice far exceeded my expectations, she was thorough, fast, saved me more money than I expected in multiple ways and will absolutely be using her again!

Karen Hyland

Refinance - Auckland

Brett has been fantastic. He’s knowledgeable and accomodating. There wasn’t anything I asked of him that he couldn’t work with and figure out some option for. I’ll never use anyone other than Brett again.

Brett Davies

New Home - H Sanders, Auckland

Very helpful!

Cindy Huang

New Home - D Tran, Auckland

Lynne was absolutely fantastic! She is simply the best mortgage advisor I have ever dealt with. Lynne worked really hard to help me, she worked really hard to help me achieve my goal. Lynne was the best broker I have ever dealt with. Thanks again Lynne!!

Lynne Dent

Refinance - E Millanta, Wellington

A huge thank you to Johnny. My husband and I have been dreaming of owning our own home for years! Johnny delivered on what we had written off as never possible. We have been in our home for two weeks and can’t believe it’s ours. We will never forget Johnny and his hard work getting us over the line….

Johnny Ang

New Home - N Furlong, Auckland

Keith is always very professional, friendly, helpful and has excellent communication skills. I would highly recommend him.

Keith Munro

Top Up - Wellington

Brett was very forthcoming and worked hard in getting our loan secured during a weird time with getting loans. He went above and beyond to make sure any oddities/confusion was sorted out in time for settlement date. Our accounts are quite complicated and we sure gave him a good workout but he succeeded …

Brett Davies

New Home - S Kruger, Upper Hutt

We are very happy with Johnny, he understand very well our needs, our ability and he also understand how the financial institution works therefore he is able to provide us some solutions.

Johnny Ang

Top Up - K Sulinom, Auckland

Brett was amazing to deal with – our case wasn’t straightforward but he persevered and got it over the line. We’re so grateful for everything he did – we would absolutely recommend him.

Brett Davies

Refinance - N Munro, Auckland

We’re really happy with the end result.

Karen Hyland

New House Purchase - Auckland

What a fantastic service! Brett is a pleasure to work with, he is highly professional, communicative and was able to sort our mortgage out for us at very short notice. He really went the extra mile to make sure everything was in place for our settlement.

Brett Davies

New Home - J Catterall, Auckland

Great listener and communicator, safe hands with sensitive information and guidance and presenting of options is all you want when negotiating with Banks. Cannot thank Karen enough.

Karen Hyland

New Build - C Bain, Auckland

We were introduced to Johnny as our broker from a family member. Johnny has been there with us in every step of the way from sale to settlement. Every bump in the road Johnny was there to guide us through. He would always get right back to us, answered every question. Johnny is transparent and with us all the…

Johnny Ang

New Home - M Sugiarto, Auckland

Karen was the ultimate professional offering great options and very helpful answering any questions I had. I would recommend this service to anyone either buying their first home or just looking at their choices.

Karen Hyland

Top Up - J Vickers, Auckland

Wanda has been absolutely wonderful to work with and was crucial in helping us buy our investment property. She was genuinely looking out for our best interests which we really appreciate. She has the patience of a saint answering all of my stupid questions. We are very glad to have Wanda to help us wit…

Wanda Casey

Investment New Build - D Sainsbury, Auckland

Cindy was one of the best brokers we have ever worked with. We found her at a time we were at a crossroad, not knowing if our loan was possible. She was patient with us, assured us of the way forward, and turns out she was right after all. She was conscientious and professional in her approach, always c…

Cindy Huang

New Home - S Ekundayo, Auckland

We could not have asked for a better adviser than Brett. We would recommend Brett to anyone.

Brett Davies

Purchase of New Home From Overseas

Lynne was perfect for us. I know that the Mortgage Lab have great systems and support and Lynne was excellent.

Lynne Dent

Top Up - B Barr, Christchurch

Laura Cates was amazing she worked with us to secure a construction loan and worked really hard to help us achieve our dream of home ownership Thank you.

Laura Cates

New Home - P Turnock, Northland

Karen was amazing!!! We couldn’t have got anyone better so was just outstanding and we are so happy!

Karen Hyland

Mortgage Purchase

Thank you for Brett’s assistance and patience with all my questions along the way.

Brett Davies

Newly Constructed Property in Auckland

Keith did a great job overall.

Keith Munro

Purchase of New Home

Bryony was a pleasure to work with and went beyond our expectations. She was very friendly, knowledgeable and supportive. Bryony was amazing.

Bryony Tesar

New Home - S Derrick, Nelson

Keith overcame some huge hurdles and in a couple of days had a mortgage sorted at a very good rate. Really pleased.

Keith Munro

Mortgage - Wellington

Brett made it a streamlined process. We valued his expertise and guidance through the whole process.

Brett Davies

Purchase of New Home

Johnny Ang is quick and excellent.

Johnny Ang

New Home - D Subdah, Auckland

Lynne was very helpful and her advice was brilliant.

Lynne Dent

New Home - P Hayward, Christchurch

Johnny was very helpful. He helped us secure a good rate with a great cash back and got us the products that we wanted. He is very approachable and always gets back to you no matter the time of day. He is also very professional and honest with his recommendations and answers to questions.

Johnny Ang

Refinance - E Mar, Auckland

It’s been a pleasure working with you and we have really valued your honest advice and fast responses. I know our situation wasn’t straightforward so we are extra appreciative of all your work you did to get this progressed this far.

Roger Fairbairn

New Build - Wellington

Roger guided us through the whole home buying process with his expertise for a great outcome. We started our mortgage journey together with Roger while we were in the UK and it ended in the smoothest in our own home.
Thanks heaps Roger.

Roger Fairbairn

New Home - G Chulla, Wellington

Laura was awesome to deal with. She made everything so simple and extremely stress free

Laura Cates

Debt Consolidation - R Farrell, Northland

Lynne took all the hassle and stress out of remortgaging my home, infinitely capable, Lynne had me “sorted out ” in double quick time. Even while on holiday Lynne kept me up to the minute on progress……. Legend

Lynne Dent

KiwiSaver and Mortgage Refix - V Stokes, Christchurch

Lynne made the process of refinancing our home loan very easy and straightforward. She was always very easy to get hold of and constantly kept us up to date with the progress of our application. Would definitely use her again and recommend her to others.

Lynne Dent

Refinance - A Kennett, Kaiapoi

Brett was very helpful and we felt that he went the extra mile for us.

Brett Davies

Mortgage for New Purchase - Auckland

I wanted to say thank you so much for your help and advice with regards to fixing my mortgage with BNZ last month.  Using the app is definitely a great tool, so thank you for giving me guidance and the confidence to do this.

You are always knowledgeable and helpful and I very much appreciate your advic…

Samuel Eva

Refinance - Auckland

I thought Lynne was great, managed to get our mortgage sorted very quickly.

Lynne Dent

New Home - T Michelle, Christchurch

Amazing every step of the way, no question was to hard and kept us up to date with how everything was going!

Rachel Railey

Refinance - L Fisher, Waikato

Laura was so amazing and understanding. Really helpful especially as all the work was done during level 4 lock down. I can’t recommend the service and experience highly enough.

Laura Cates

New Purchase

We had the pleasure of working with both Robyn and then Nicky.
I can’t expand how grateful we felt having them. Their communication was so prompt and clear which reduced a lot of stress when it came down to quick deadlines. Dealing with them felt very personal and we never made to feel like we were anno…

Nicky Cornish

New Home - C Campbell, Tauranga

Why Choose Us?

Because when it comes to your first home, you deserve the very best…

 Stress-free process

We act quickly to reduce the hassle and hold-ups of the financial approval process

 Expert advisers

We’re highly experienced and trained to help you through the mortgage approval process

Friendly service

We’re here for you and we genuinely care about helping make your dream a reality

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