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Using Kiwisaver for a Home Deposit

We all know how hard it is for first home buyers to get into the housing market, particularly with rising house prices dictating the need for higher deposits.This has made Kiwisaver a vital part of a deposit for first home buyers.

Are LVR restrictions on their way out! Cameron Bagrie comments

 

CHIEF ECONOMIST CORNER: A FIRESIDE CHAT

Keep an eye on your Mortgage 'Low Equity Margin' – you may be paying too much interest!

Over recent years banks have increasingly employed the practice of adding Low Equity Margins (LEM) to home loan interest rates when they are lending for housing purchases with less than a 20% deposit.

Steady as she goes – we are in good shape! See ANZ’s July Property Focus Summary here

A 2 minute read…Summary covers - Mortgage Borrowing Strategy, Inflation Watch, NZ Property Gauge and Economic Overview.

CHIEF ECONOMIST CORNER: INFLATION WATCH

How Long to Fix - What Would a Savvy Borrower Do?

In recent months movement among mortgage rates has been minimal, and the mortgage curve continues to echo a tick shape, with the sharp low point punctuating the 1-year rate mark. This makes it very clear that the 1-year terms are quite preferable.

Three things young first home buyers need to watch out for

 

These days if you’re buying a home in your twenties chances are you’ll be smugly feeling like you’re winning in life (even if you’ve had to cut back on morning latte and smashed avo brunches). But beware, there are a few mistakes young home buyers need to watch out for.

National Government launches new $600m housing infrastructure initiative

The government has set up an investment company to encourage building of user-pays trunk infrastructure in Auckland in an effort to speed up certain road and water pipe construction for new housing developments.

Reserve Bank - Debt to Income Ratio’s getting closer

The Reserve Bank has long been concerned about the growth in high Debt to income (DTI) mortgage lending that New Zealand has seen in recent years and the financial risks that it poses.