Improve Your Loan-Ability

Aug 14, 2019 8:20:56 AM

Understanding how lenders assess lending criteria could help improve your chances of success when it comes to a home loan application. Your borrowing power and borrowing capacity will depend on your income, family size, current debts and the type of loan you’re applying for. But did you know that there are a few simple steps you can take to improve your borrowing power? Take a look at what these are.

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Topics: Credit Card Debt, Debt Consolidation, Finance Update, NZ Finance, Credit Check, Home Loan Advice, Debt-free

Buying and selling at auction

Aug 7, 2019 8:10:00 AM

Across New Zealand, auctions are a popular method for both buying and selling property. But an auction can seem daunting, particularly if you’re a first home buyer or new to the auction process. Don’t be put off though as there are many advantages for both buyer and seller. In this month’s property article, we’re sharing some of Harcourts New Zealand’s tips to buying and selling at auction to ensure you’re successful.

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Topics: Selling At Auction, Selling My House At Auction, NZ Finance, Auction, Home Loan Advice, Buying at auction

Part-payment plans: the good and the bad

Aug 1, 2019 8:10:00 AM

Over the past few years, we’ve seen some significant changes to the way we pay for things. As well as using our phones for payment, tapping our cards instead of swiping them, and having the ability to transfer money instantly online, the arrival of part-payment systems like Afterpay are changing how we shop. Here’s what you need to know about Afterpay.

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Topics: Finance Update, Financial Decision, NZ Finance, Home Loan Advice, AfterPay, Part Payment, Payment

Protecting you and your home

Jul 31, 2019 8:12:00 AM

New Zealand is one of the least insured nations in the developed world according to research by the Financial Services Council, with many Kiwis relying on a “she’ll be right” attitude when things do go wrong. The reality is that tragedy can affect anyone at any time and being unable to work for a period of time has a significant financial impact on you and your family. If you’ve been putting off getting insured, now’s a good time to remedy that.

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Topics: Home Loan, nz mortgage, NZ Mortgage Adviser, Home Loan Advice, Mortgage Advice, Mortgage Protection Insurance, Home Loan Insurance, Life Insurance

Rental Property Bylaw Changes

Jul 19, 2019 10:02:21 AM

From 01 July 2019, ceiling and underfloor insulation is compulsory in all New Zealand rental properties, where suitable. In addition to this, landlords have just over two years to ensure rental properties meet the Government's healthy homes standards, the minimum requirements for heating, insulation, ventilation, moisture and drainage, and draught stopping in rental properties. Here’s what you need to know about insulation requirements and healthy homes standards.

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Topics: Kiwisaver, Rental Property, Rental Market, Home Loan, nz mortgage, NZ Mortgage Adviser, NZ Property Manager, Harcourts Property Manager

Key changes to KiwiSaver

Jul 13, 2019 8:12:00 AM

There are some changes being made to KiwiSaver in 2019 and 2020, most of which have already come into effect. The proposed changes to the structure of KiwiSaver could see a greater number of New Zealander’s saving for retirement and the risk of a retirement savings shortfall decreasing over time. These changes will allow more people to join the scheme and also allow members to better tailor their KiwiSaver account to fit their needs.

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Topics: Kiwisaver, Home Loan, nz mortgage, NZ Mortgage Adviser, Home Loan Advice, Mortgage Advice, Kiwisaver withdrawal

Using Your Equity to Buy an Investment Property

Jul 3, 2019 8:13:00 AM

If you’re an owner-occupier looking to invest in property, you may be able to leverage your existing home to buy an investment property without dipping into your savings. Using the equity in your home is a smart way to build your property portfolio without feeling the pinch. Here’s what you need to know about using the equity in your home to buy an investment property.

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Topics: nz mortgage, Investing in Property, NZ Mortgage Adviser, Home Loan Advice, Investment Finance, Investment Tips, Mortgage Advice, Property and Investments

First tier lenders vs. second tier lenders

Jun 29, 2019 8:14:00 AM

Stricter lending conditions across New Zealand and Australia have led to a rise in the number of borrowers turning to second tier lenders for finance. Second tier lenders – or non-bank lenders - while tightly regulated, are privately owned and often have more flexibility in the rates and fees they can offer. As a borrower who doesn’t quite meet bank lending criteria, a second tier or non-bank lender may be the answer.

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Topics: Lenders, nz mortgage, non-bank lender, lending options, NZ Mortgage Adviser, Home Loan Advice, Mortgage Advice

5 Mortgage Mistakes to Avoid

Jun 21, 2019 3:18:54 PM

Whether you’re a first home buyer or a seasoned investor, making a bad decision on your mortgage could end up costing you in both time and money. When it comes to a mortgage, what you don’t know CAN in fact hurt you! Knowing what pitfalls to avoid will help you make better decisions. Here are 5 mortgage mistakes to avoid.

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Topics: nz mortgage, first home buyer, lending options, NZ Mortgage Adviser, Home Loan Advice, Mortgage Advice

First Home Buyer Tips

Jun 17, 2019 5:40:15 PM

No doubt about it: buying your first home is exciting. But it can also be incredibly stressful, which is why it’s so important to prepare yourself for the journey ahead, by doing your homework and getting advice from the right people. So that you understand all you need to know about buying your first home, we’re sharing our first home buyer tips.

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Topics: First Home, nz mortgage, first home buyer, lending options, NZ Mortgage Adviser, Home Loan Advice, Mortgage Advice