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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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Small tweaks = big impacts

Posted 2 years ago by Admin

Are you prepared for an increase in interest rates? Interest rates remain low, but could begin rising later this year. While there is time homeowners should take a closer look at their mortgage repayments to work out how much they can absorb when interest rates start to rise.

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Official Cash Rate held again

Posted 2 years ago by Admin

The Reserve Bank has left the Official Cash Rate (OCR) unchanged today at 1.75 percent.

Governor Graham Wheeler said "Monetary policy will remain accommodative for a considerable period. Numerous uncertainties remain and policy may need to adjust accordingly".

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Interest-only loans under the spotlight

Posted 2 years ago by Admin

Not all mortgages are created equal, and Kiwi homeowners with interest-only loans could soon feel the flow-on effects of Australian banks cracking down on these loans from across the Tasman.

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De-mystifying the housing market

Posted 2 years ago by Admin

Are you a first-home buyer trying to get into the property market? We've looked at property prices in the Wellington region and identified the most viable suburbs for first-home buyers. Find out where you might have more options in terms of housing, land and lifestyle, without being stretched beyond your means.

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Title search for peace of mind

Posted 2 years ago by Admin

Do you know what a cross lease, easement or covenant is? Do you know if there are any of these on the property you want to buy? A title search can help to avoid unforeseen issues that might impact your enjoyment or use of the property and its future value.

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Get creative with your leveraging abilities

Posted 2 years ago by Admin

Are you looking to expand your property portfolio? There's a range of options to consider, beyond needing a 40% deposit. Find out how to make the most of your leverage.

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Wellington region continues to buck housing trends

Posted 2 years ago by Admin

First-home buyers are in prime position across outlying Wellington suburbs, with 32% of all sales in the region going to new buyers in the first months of 2017.  This is an incredibly positive message for people who may have felt too scared to make the leap of faith and buy a property. 

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