Auckland house listings surge as property prices flatten

Apr 13, 2017 7:44:51 AM

March 2017 was an interesting month for the property market across New Zealand, with house price increases cooling in Auckland and the number of properties listed across the country rising to record new levels. Could this be the first signs of a market change? Read on to find out more about recent changes to the New Zealand property market.


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Topics: First Home, Investors, Property, NZ Property

Should you use your KiwiSaver to fund your first home?

Apr 12, 2017 6:16:31 AM

If you’re like most first home buyers, you already know that saving a deposit is probably the hardest part of buying your first home. Just when you think you’ve got enough of a deposit, house prices increase and you’re back to saving again. That’s why using your KiwiSaver to buy your first home may make good financial sense. To help you consider whether it might be right for you, let’s run some numbers.


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Topics: Kiwisaver, First Home, NZ Finance

Housing investment options for first home buyers

Feb 28, 2017 4:26:27 AM


Across the country, house prices dipped in December 2016, while in Auckland prices remain “seriously unaffordable”. It’s not surprising then, that more and more buyers are considering their options for housing investments to gain a foothold on the property ladder. We ask the question, are there any options left for first home buyers?


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Topics: Investment Property, First Home, LVR, Home Buyers

Buying off-plan: what you need to know

Dec 6, 2016 6:25:39 AM

When it comes to buying off-plan, many buyers are not aware of just how different the sale and purchase rules are. Clauses in pre-sales contracts for new apartments or subdivisions actually provide developers with the option to make changes to the contract, which could impact on the price you pay. To help you understand the different set of sale and purchase rules that apply when buying off-plan, read on.

 


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Topics: Finance, Buy a Home, First Home, Buying Off-Plan

House prices are up and buyers are hesitant

Oct 14, 2016 7:46:20 AM


New Zealand's property market appears to be in a holding pattern as investors and home-buyers wait to see what will happen next following changes to the LVR. The property market is changing compared to how it was a year ago. And Property Institute of New Zealand chief executive Ashley Church says Reserve Bank LVR restrictions are a devastating failure for first home buyers. All this in our October property article.


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Topics: Property Investment, First Home, Property Article, LVR, Investors, Home Buyers

What to look for in your first home

Oct 7, 2016 7:43:43 AM

As a first-time home buyer, you’ve probably already spent a considerable amount of time researching the property market, visiting open homes, and exploring every aspect of the home buying process. Now that you’ve found your dream home, it’s a good time to take a closer look at what you’re about to buy. Before you rush in, here are some helpful tips to help you make a good buying decision.


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Topics: Moving House, Buy a Home, First Home

A step-by-step guide for first-time home-buyers

Sep 8, 2016 12:01:46 PM

Buying your first home can be stressful. Taking that first step onto the property ladder is probably one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever have to make. But if you do your homework and properly prepare yourself, it needn’t be as frightening as you expect. If you’re tired of renting and you think that buying a home is the right thing for you, take a look at our step-by-step guide for first home-buyers.


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Topics: Buy a Home, First Home, Mortgages, Property Article, Home Buyers

First home buyer tips

Jun 20, 2016 11:07:36 AM

As a first home buyer, trying to get a foot onto the property ladder in a heated property market may seem impossible. Despite the challenges though, real estate figures show that first home buyers still make up a sizeable portion of buyers in the current property market. While you may need to change your expectations when buying your first home, patience and perseverance do pay off. We’ve outlined some of the things you need to think about when buying your first home.


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Topics: Property Tips, Buy a Home, First Home

Ditch the luxuries to save for your first home

May 21, 2016 6:00:00 AM

According to state-owned valuer QV, New Zealand property value growth slowed down in March, although Auckland is seeing signs of a resurgence. As property prices continue to rise and first home buyers struggle to get onto the property ladder, it’s time to ditch the luxuries and put more cash into your savings. Read on to find out more in this month’s property article.


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Topics: Property Tips, First Home, Property Article