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Are you protecting your biggest asset?

Posted 6 days ago by Pope & Co. Mortgages

If someone asked you right now to name your biggest asset, what would it be? Your house? Your car? Maybe even your KiwiSaver account?

But they all depend on one thing: your ability to earn an income. The question is… what are you doing to protect it?

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Five smart strategies to get mortgage-free faster

Posted 14 days ago by Pope & Co. Mortgages

Your mortgage is probably one of the biggest financial commitments you'll have in your life, so it makes sense to get rid of it sooner rather than later. Here's our five smart strategies to get mortgage-free faster.

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November 2019 Market Update

Posted 20 days ago by Pope & Co. Mortgages

Catch up on what's happening in the mortgage and lending world with Craig's latest November Market update. You can watch it here...

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Understanding market valuations — your questions answered

Posted 21 days ago by Pope & Co. Mortgages

What is a market valuation and when do you need one? Registered valuer Hayley Dabinette, from Wilson Hurst Property Valuations (Wellington) Limited, explains this and more in our guest blog this month.

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RBNZ surprises with no change to OCR

Posted 27 days ago by Pope & Co. Mortgages

Despite wide expectations that there would be a further cut to the Official Cash Rate, the Reserve Bank has surprised commentators with their decision to hold it at 1 percent for now.

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Can I get a mortgage if I have existing debt?

Posted 30 days ago by Pope & Co. Mortgages

It's common these days for potential first-home buyers to have acquired debt before taking on their first mortgage—and saving for a house deposit while paying off debt is hard! We look at how debt can affect your mortgage application, and offer some tips for putting your best foot forward.

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Ten ways to save money every day

Posted 49 days ago by Pope & Co. Mortgages

Saving money is about developing good habits. Here are ten ways you can save a bit extra on your everyday expenses, without really having to think about it...

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That rental won't buy itself!

Posted 55 days ago by Pope & Co. Mortgages

One of the common things we see is potential property investors being in a position to buy, but just not taking action. The journey starts with finding out just what you can borrow and what your buying position is.

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Will 5% deposits help first-home buyers?

Posted 2 months ago by Pope & Co. Mortgages

The government's recent changes to the Home Start Grant and Welcome Home Loan schemes came into effect on  1 October 2019. We look at whether these changes will really make a difference to people trying to buy their first home.

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September 2019 Market Update

Posted 3 months ago by Pope & Co. Mortgages

Catch up on the latest with Craig's September Market Update. You can watch it here...

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