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The latest on mortgage rates | July 2017

For now, competition from the minnows is keeping rates lower, but for how long?...

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Squirrel welcomes more bank options and 100% build finance

Squirrel has access to more lenders than any other broker and the only 100% build finance ...

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Why you should buy a house

There’s a lot of chatter around at the moment. “Have house prices peaked?” “Are house pric...

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Auckland house sales fall 30%

Auckland sales volumes are down 30% year-on-year and Barfoot & Thompson is saying that hou...

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Don't get caught with a hangover

It’s midnight on a Saturday night and you’re out on the town. It’s been a great night so f...

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Hot tips to sell in a cooler market

Even at the best of times, selling a property brings a lot of uncertainty – so what’s it l...

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Driving Change: How the move toward driverless cars will affect the property market

Driverless cars were once the stuff of science fiction, but they’re now not only very real...

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Why interest rates won’t increase, much - June 2017

I love throwaway comments about interest rates. We even get them from Government Ministers...

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Insider insight into renovations

Like many people looking to renovate, Erika was faced with the bills for plans and a build...

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Auckland housing stalemate but not a ‘crash’

Confidence in the housing market is low and that’s not surprising given the amount of nega...

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Financial anxiety in 2017

We’ve recently run a small Facebook survey on what’s causing kiwis financial anxiety in 20...

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How much money do you need for retirement?

I’ve seen numbers like $1million floated around. If you accept that you’ll gradually run d...

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Knowledge is power

It doesn’t matter which way you look at it, getting bank funding at the moment is harder t...

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Making sense of the mortgage landscape

There’s no doubt about it – the mortgage landscape has changed. Credit markets are tighten...

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Credit policy continues to tighten

Right now, being a bank customer without using an advisor must be a nightmare....

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Take control of your retirement age

There are two significant decisions that you can make right now which will change the qual...

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What to make of a softening Auckland housing market

January housing statistics were bleak, and Barfoot & Thompson’s results from February are ...

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Budgeting your first home

It’s tough being a first home buyer. But with a bit of foresight and forward planning, we’...

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Let's figure out your bank's break fees

When it comes to your mortgage it pays to know it inside and out. After all, when such a l...

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The innovation age

As we’ve noted for some time there are some big forces in play that are increasingly chang...

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The cost of car ownership

When I lived in London I never owned a car. And when I worked in Sydney and Melbourne I si...

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