2017: Themes worth thinking about

It’s that time of the year. Media commentators are lining up to provide a “guess” (aka forecast) as to what might happen this year. Our turn.

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Latest on house prices

As we’ve been expecting for some time, house prices have softened and continue to soften....

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Banks disrupted

How banks will be disrupted

For all the talk of new threats, banks still dominate our world. My view is that this is a...

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Pre-election update on mortgage rates

The election will do nothing medium term to interest rates. Fundamentally not much will ch...

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End of tunnel

End of cycles | A world without interest?

Is our ‘low interest rate world’ the beginning of the end of money as we know it?...

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Changes for property investors

The changes keep coming

Without a doubt, these are some of the hardest lending conditions we’ve faced in a long ti...

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Latest on house prices

As we’ve been expecting for some time, house prices have softened and continue to soften....

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Chatting with Mike Puru: what's happening with the market

There has been plenty of negative media around what’s happening in the housing market rece...

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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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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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Getting “bank ready” in a tough market

It’s not all bad news… you can get loan approvals, and you can find property within your p...

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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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Should young home buyers be looking to the regions?

For many of us, living in Auckland can be challenging. Sure, there's plenty to enjoy about...

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Housing developments bring first homes closer to reality

First-home buyers across the country will be feeling a sense of relief as recent mortgage ...

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Common financial challenges faced by first-home buyers?

Buying a home is an important milestone in the lives of many people, across New Zealand an...

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How banks will be disrupted

For all the talk of new threats, banks still dominate our world. My view is that this is a...

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Looking down at Auckland central

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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Banking on margins

The reality is that the industry is looking to mortgage margins to restore profitability f...

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Tighter credit policy will drive the housing market in 2017

I am always frustrated by our media and how they report house prices. Tabloid rubbish boun...

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Long stretch of road

Inflation or deflation – the road ahead

Waiting for inflation is feeling increasingly like the quest for the Holy Grail, or as I a...

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Pre-election update on mortgage rates

The election will do nothing medium term to interest rates. Fundamentally not much will ch...

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End of tunnel

End of cycles | A world without interest?

Is our ‘low interest rate world’ the beginning of the end of money as we know it?...

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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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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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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 changes keep coming

Without a doubt, these are some of the hardest lending conditions we’ve faced in a long ti...

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It’s not all bad news

If you’re an investor you should know the reserve bank rules inside and out by now. Your a...

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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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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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What’s your next move?

It’s been a few years since I’ve spent my nights in the houses of clients who are genuinel...

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ACC uncovered – have you got the right protection in place?

ACC has become such an important tool in protecting New Zealanders since its inception in ...

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Is health insurance necessary before 30?

As an insurance adviser rapidly approaching 30, many of my friends are going through life ...

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Adviser insight: Why you shouldn't duck the cover

Let's get some insight into why tailored insurance is so important when you're getting a h...

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I hate life insurance

I have a love-hate relationship with life insurance. I hate paying for something I have no...

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Borrowing without the bank – how to save money by consolidating your debts

Peer to peer lending allows you to borrow without talking to the bank. You’re essentially ...

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Everything there is to know about investing with Squirrel Money

If you’re familiar with the Squirrel brand, then you’ll know about the other side to our b...

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Takapuna Squirrel office

Our Takapuna team is on the move

As of the end of this month, our Takapuna team will be moving to the city. Don’t worry, yo...

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Technology

Inflation is dead

Technology is starting to progress faster than our ability to grasp its impact on our worl...

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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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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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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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3 ways to transform your house in the new year

As we welcome 2017, many of us are looking at ways of improving or bettering ourselves. Pe...

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Adviser insight: Giving back to the community

Squirrel prides itself on being about more than just mortgages. Yes, we can help you get i...

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Should you stage your home for sale? Not everyone thinks so

Staging: It's something of a divisive subject in the property world. Namely, should you do...

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