A ban on foreign property buyers

Nov 28, 2017 9:00:14 AM

With a change in government comes a change in policy and the first of these is a ban on foreigners buying existing property in New Zealand. Just how much of an impact this will have on the New Zealand property market remains to be seen, with many experts believing only a small percentage of property buyers will be affected. Is the ban simply a political move or will it help curb rising house prices?


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Topics: Mortgage, new zealand property, new zealand real estate, buying property, meth testing, meth contamination, labour government, foreign buyer ban

3 Things that could impact your credit score

Nov 21, 2017 12:35:00 PM

Your credit score is used by lenders to determine your lender-ability and in deciding what interest rate you’ll be charged. Having a good credit score could mean the difference in thousands of dollars spent or saved, so it’s understandably an important factor in your financial life. Here are some of the things that could impact your credit score.


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Topics: new zealand property, new zealand real estate, buying property, mortgage adviser, credit score

Selling your property by auction

Nov 20, 2017 8:52:28 AM

Across Australia and New Zealand, auctions have become an increasingly popular means of selling property. One of the benefits of an auction is that it places a time limit on a sale, in turn generating a sense of urgency in buyers which often leads to a higher sale price. But auctions offer other benefits to sellers too. Take a look at what these are.


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Topics: Auctions, new zealand property, new zealand real estate, buying property, mortgage adviser, property auction

Meth testing your rental property

Nov 14, 2017 12:33:54 PM

There’s been much discussion in the media recently around methamphetamine contamination in New Zealand. Tenants are being evicted and landlords are spending thousands of dollars decontaminating properties that test positive for “P”. While some scientists have questioned the government’s standard for meth contamination, many believe it’s vital in helping safeguard the value of properties and its tenants. Either way, as a landlord in New Zealand, it’s important you understand meth contamination.


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Topics: Mortgage, new zealand property, new zealand real estate, buying property, meth testing, meth contamination

Making your home loan work for you

Oct 13, 2017 10:23:08 AM

When it comes to choosing a home loan, interest rate is not the only thing to consider. Loan features – like the ability to make extra repayments, a line of credit, an off-set account, or repayment holidays – are just as important. To help you understand what features you could be offered by your lender, we’ve outlined some of the more popular options.


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Topics: LVR, Mortgage, new zealand property, new zealand real estate, first home buyer, buying property, Second Home, house sales, mortgage ready, property sales, mortgage stress, low equity margin, LEM, loan to value ratio

NZ Property Market, post-election

Oct 12, 2017 11:36:00 AM

The 2017 New Zealand election may be out of the way but its impact is still being felt in the NZ property market. Uncertainty continues to weigh in with spring sales noticeably lower than previous years. Nationwide residential property values rose for September, although a much smaller increase was recorded in the Auckland region. Read on to find out how New Zealand’s property market is expected to perform, post-election.


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Topics: LVR, Mortgage, new zealand property, new zealand real estate, first home buyer, buying property, Second Home, house sales, mortgage ready, property sales, mortgage stress, low equity margin, LEM, loan to value ratio

Low Equity Margin

Oct 9, 2017 11:36:00 AM

Changes to the Loan to Value Ratio (LVR) and an overall tightening up on low deposit lending has seen banks and lenders charge a number of additional fees to borrowers with less than a 20% deposit. One of these fees is a Low Equity Margin (LEM); a percentage added to your interest rate that remains there until your loan reduces to the 80% threshold. As a borrower, it’s important you’re clear on exactly how this fee is charged.


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Topics: LVR, Mortgage, new zealand property, new zealand real estate, first home buyer, buying property, Second Home, house sales, mortgage ready, property sales, mortgage stress, low equity margin, LEM, loan to value ratio

Managing Mortgage Stress

Oct 6, 2017 11:28:10 AM

Despite record low interest rates, more and more homeowners are struggling to meet their home loan repayments and are experiencing “mortgage stress”. Even the slightest increase in interest rates could leave these homeowners vulnerable and unable to repay their mortgage. Let’s take a look at what “mortgage stress” is and how you as a homeowner can deal with it.


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Topics: Mortgage, new zealand property, new zealand real estate, first home buyer, buying property, Second Home, house sales, mortgage ready, property sales, mortgage stress

Mortgage Traps: What to look out for

Sep 21, 2017 8:19:22 AM

Finding the right home loan isn’t as easy as it sounds. With so many mortgages on offer – each with its own conditions, terms, features and rates – it can start to feel like you’re navigating a mine field. To help you avoid a potentially costly mistake, here are some of the mortgage traps you need to look out for when choosing the right home loan.


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Topics: Mortgage, new zealand property, new zealand real estate, first home buyer, buying property, Second Home, house sales, mortgage ready, property sales, mortgage traps

Rentvesting: a property investment strategy

Sep 19, 2017 5:15:15 AM

It’s the latest buzzword in the property industry: Rentvesting. Renting where you want to live, buying where you can afford to. And it’s proving a popular option, particularly amongst younger first home buyers who are keen to invest in their future without foregoing their lifestyle. So, what are the benefits of rentvesting and is it for everyone? Read on to find out.


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Topics: Mortgage, new zealand property, new zealand real estate, first home buyer, buying property, Second Home, family trust, house sales, mortgage ready, property sales, rentvesting