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KiwiSaver or a House?

Posted 24 months ago by Craig Pope

Kiwisaver or a house? This is a tricky question many younger and first-home buyers face when it comes to getting on the property ladder.

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Getting a mortgage - look beyond advertised rates

Posted 24 months ago by Craig Pope

Getting a mortgage can be an exciting and somewhat stressful time. There’s lots of advice out there — but even more adverts from banks with enticing rates, hoping to lure you in! So before you assume a bank might be best for you based on the rates you see advertised, get some help to delve deeper into the pros and cons of each lender.

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Rental market still hot property

Posted 24 months ago by Craig Pope

Weekly rental prices across Wellington were up 9.8 per cent in March 2017, compared to the same time last year. If you have been considering an additional property, it’s still a really good time to invest, and we can help you make your investment goals a reality.

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Official Cash Rate remains unchanged

Posted 24 months ago by Craig Pope

Today the Reserve Bank has again left the Official Cash Rate (OCR) unchanged at 1.75 percent, but suggests that the slowdown in house price inflation could be temporary.

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Hidden strings attached to mortgage incentives

Posted 24 months ago by Craig Pope

Banks are starting to get tough on customer incentives, as their margins get tighter and they demand more loyalty from their customers. Mortgage incentives are a nice to have, but shouldn’t be the only reason you change banks. We suggest asking these questions before making your decision...

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Should we be preparing for 7% rates?

Posted 2 years ago by Craig Pope

This week NZ Adviser’s provocative headline announced: “7% mortgage rates could collapse the housing market,". Although this is definitely just an attention grabber, as there is no evidence this is about to happen, it is a good reminder to prepare yourself for the unexpected, especially when borrowing. 

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New builds hot option in Kapiti

Posted 2 years ago by Craig Pope

It’s no secret that it’s been harder to find a home that ticks all the boxes in the local market. Buyers have had to consider other options — like moving to a suburb that wasn’t their ideal choice, or even building a brand new home — so they can get ahead. If you are thinking about building a new home there are some things to consider...

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Apartments: The answer to our housing shortage?

Posted 2 years ago by Craig Pope

Could apartments be the potential answer for Kapiti's growing population? And if so, will they be embraced by the local community?

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Is it getting harder to get bank funding?

Posted 2 years ago by Craig Pope

Slowly but surely banks have been getting slightly stricter on lending. How can you get your ducks in a row well in advance of a tender or auction?

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Renting more affordable — but is it the best option?

Posted 2 years ago by Admin

New government data has shown that renting in New Zealand is now more affordable than buying, according to the Housing Affordability Measure (HAM) released last week. It could be easy to look at this and think that you would be better off to keep renting. But would you?

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