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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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Yield

When you’re looking for an investment property, you are often either looking for capital growth or yield (ideally a positive cash return).  There’s a quick and easy trick that we,…

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App of the month – Pocketsmith

If you’ve ever watched one of the Mortgage Lab’s webinars or Facebook livestreams, you will most likely have heard us rave about this app of the month.  It’s one of…

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Banks are businesses and their goal is to make money and become the leading brand in the industry. This is the same goal as most other businesses and their reputation…

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We are entering an unprecedented time.  The Reserve Bank has announced an Official Cash Rate drop of 0.75% leaving the cash rate at a historic low of 0.25%.  Most economists…

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First home buyers are often nervous about the size of their Student Loan and how it will affect their chance of getting a mortgage.  But how much does it really…

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Credit Card, Bad debt

Kiwis like Credit Cards… a lot.  If you’ve got 10 minutes, you could get one online right now (don’t).  And the price for easily-acquired, unsecured debt is usually ~20% p.a.…

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If you quit smoking, how fast could you pay down your mortgage

Smoking is a difficult habit to quit.  There are many services that can help you, the most commonly known is Quitline, and each person will quit for different reasons.  For…

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Better Budget - All about your heat pump

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 your…

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The Worst Financial Decision You Can Make

Saving is a long, slow process. That’s why so many of us are so bad at it. You could put $20 aside every week and after a year, you’ll have…

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Better budget - the spindel laundry dryer

At least once a month, we try to bring you an unusual outside-the-box method to save money.  Recently we’ve introduced you to Pocketsmith.com and shown you how cleaning your heat…

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Bad debt

You may have heard the term “bad debt”. But what is it? Is all debt bad? Can bad debt become good debt? Order your bad debts In “The Successful First…

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Your mortgage rate is 8%

Repeat after me.“The interest rate I pay on my mortgage is 8%…”“The interest rate I pay on my mortgage is 8%…” No it’s not You’re right, it probably isn’t.  If…

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Pocket money into KiwiSaver

Could parents use KiwiSaver as a method for rewarding children in the form of pocket money?  Read on to see how one of our clients is not only successfully doing…

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App of the Month – Gaspy

We all enjoy saving a bit of money, especially if you’re looking to buy your first home or if you’ve just got your first mortgage. There are all sorts of…

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