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Lower OCR possible, but not yet

Posted 15 months ago by Admin

The Reserve Bank has kept the OCR at 1.5% for now, despite some earlier speculation that it might have been lowered again in the announcement on Wednesday.

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The real cost of house hunting in New Zealand

Posted 16 months ago by Pope & Co. Mortgages

Buying your first home can be daunting. We have some tips from experience to show that careful planning makes it much easier to understand and manage the costs involved in buying a home.

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The growing popularity of Titahi Bay

Posted 16 months ago by Pope & Co. Mortgages and Image Titahi Bay Surfer by P J Armitage CC BY 3.0

Is this paradise? Titahi Bay, Porirua has a beach charm about it that appeals to those who like a beachside lifestyle, not far from the city, with great amenities. If you’re looking for a house in the wider Wellington region, it could be a great choice.

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Co-buying a house—what you need to know

Posted 16 months ago by Pope & Co. Mortgages

What is the best way for you to buy a house? There are different ways to consider. Whether you are buying a house as a couple or as friends/siblings, there are a few key points to think about before you buy. 

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Wellington trends — where is the best place to buy?

Posted 16 months ago by Pope & Co. Mortgages

Everyone wants to know—where is the best place to buy in Wellington? We examine the latest QV figures and trends.

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A practical checklist for home buyers

Posted 17 months ago by Pope & Co. Mortgages and photo by from Pexels

Buying a house can feel like a daunting task for first-home buyers. From finance to legal options to location, there is much to consider. With this in mind, we have created a list of the key items to consider before you buy — to help make this exciting journey easier.

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Craig interviewed for Sky News Australia on Welcome Home Loans

Posted 17 months ago by Pope & Co. Mortgages

Sky News Australia have been in the Pope & Co office this week to interview Craig about Welcome Home Loans. 

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Things expats should consider when securing a mortgage from overseas

Posted 17 months ago by Admin and guest written by Josh Brown Financial Writer at

Kiwi’s love to travel. There are a lucky few that manage to land lucrative careers overseas and find themselves in the fortunate position of being able to purchase an investment property while still working in a foreign country. It can be tricky to secure a mortgage when you are not in your country of citizenship though. This article provides insight into the finer points of securing a mortgage in New Zealand from overseas.

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OCR drops for first time in nearly 3 years

Posted 17 months ago by Pope & Co. Mortgages

The Reserve Bank has cut the Official Cash Rate by 0.25 points to 1.5 percent, an all-time low. This is the first change in the OCR since September 2016 when it was dropped to 1.75 percent.

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Do I need a finance clause in a property sale & purchase agreement, and for how long?

Posted 17 months ago by Pope & Co. Mortgages

Not having a finance clause in your sale and purchase agreement can potentially be disastrous, but how long it should be depends on several factors.

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