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OCR predictions wrong

Posted 17 months ago by Developer

The Reserve Bank decision to hold the OCR at 1 percent has come as a surprise, as all the major banks were expecting a drop of 0.25 basis points. Even Westpac economists had reversed their earlier forecast, which was in contrast with their rival commentators.

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Considering your first investment property?

Posted 18 months ago by Developer

Have you seen your home equity grow over the last year or so? With property values increasing significantly and record low mortgage interest rates, now could be an ideal time to use your increased equity to buy a rental property.

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Should you pay off debt first or save for a deposit?

Posted 18 months ago by Developer

Looking to buy your first home? With lending criteria becoming increasingly stringent, it’s important to make your home loan application as competitive as possible.

 

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Your next house: New or secondhand?

Posted 19 months ago by Developer

Contemplating the purchase of a new house can be an exciting time. You consider where you might want to live, what kind of house you want, which features are must-haves and which are a little further down the priority list.

But if you’re in the market for a new home, should you buy an existing property or build new?

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Buying a house with a partner, friend or sibling?

Posted 20 months ago by Developer

The current housing market and lending restrictions can make it very difficult to purchase a house on your own, particularly if you’re not a high income earner. A more affordable option can be to purchase as a couple or even with friends or family. If this is an option for you, there are some key points you need to consider beforehand.

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First-home buying—where do I start?

Posted 20 months ago by Developer

One of our most typical questions we get asked is “I want to buy my first home but don’t know where to begin”.

It is a complex lending world, which is where our help comes in at Wellington Mortgage Brokers!

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OCR slashed to 1.0%

Posted 21 months ago by Developer

The OCR has been slashed by 50 basis points today to a record low of 1%. The Reserve Bank has gone a step further than anticipated, with speculators estimating the new rate would be 1.25%.

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Home buying step-by-step

Posted 21 months ago by Developer

Embarking on your first home-buying journey is exciting but sometimes the logistics of where to start can be overwhelming. We’ve broken down the key steps you need to think about in your home-buying process.

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Banks keen on 95% LVR on KiwiBuild

Posted 3 years ago by Developer

The banks are starting to fall over themselves trying to entice potential KiwiBuild customers. One of our major partners are announcing they would consider a 5% deposit on a KiwiBuild.

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Parental help for first-home buyers

Posted 3 years ago by Developer

It’s pretty common these days for parents to help kids by way of guarantee, gift or interest-free loan (commonly known as an acknowledgement of debt), but it pays for parents...

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