Welcome to Auckland's growth party

I think to really understand Auckland, we need to move beyond averaging numbers out. Auckland is growing strongly and it’s not just population growth.

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Breaking down insurance barriers

Let’s be real and call a spade a spade. We all know that the topic of insurance can bring ...

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What our new Government means for housing

I’ve fielded several calls about the election and the various sound bites appearing in the...

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Welcome to Auckland’s growth party

Here’s the thing - Auckland’s GDP rose 31% in the past five years (or 5.6% per year.) Auck...

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Navigating mortgages when you're self-employed

We have a lot of experience with customers who are self-employed and want to borrow for bu...

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How does finance work for a house-build?

Buying a house before it’s built has a slightly different process to when you physically e...

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What our new Government means for housing

I’ve fielded several calls about the election and the various sound bites appearing in the...

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Welcome to Auckland’s growth party

Here’s the thing - Auckland’s GDP rose 31% in the past five years (or 5.6% per year.) Auck...

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Suburbia

What really drives house prices?

House prices are a hot topic. Not just here in New Zealand, but in most first world nation...

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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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JB, Mike Puru chatting on The Cafe

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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How does finance work for a house-build?

Buying a house before it’s built has a slightly different process to when you physically e...

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Vlog - how to get approved

How to get approved for a mortgage in this market

It’s no secret that it’s getting harder and harder to get approved for a mortgage. Here ar...

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Vlog featuring Jack the dog

The most common mistakes first home buyers make

We see the same mistakes come up over and over again with first home buyers, so here they ...

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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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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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Wallet being tightened by clamp

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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How are mortgage rates determined?

There are constantly mixed messages in the media which we all know can be confusing. Let’s...

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Post-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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I'm building up my portfolio; should I pay my mortgage off?

The answer to that question will come out of what you’re planning to achieve in the long r...

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Return to the status quo?

With the election almost over, warmer weather and spring home loan campaigns in full swing...

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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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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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Breaking down insurance barriers

Let’s be real and call a spade a spade. We all know that the topic of insurance can bring ...

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Squirrel tail, gumboots and umbrella

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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Navigating mortgages when you're self-employed

We have a lot of experience with customers who are self-employed and want to borrow for bu...

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Checking for Asbestos

The renovation nightmare you can’t see

Asbestos is not a nice character, but is presently lurking invisibly in many New Zealand h...

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Borrowing without the bank

Consumers typically don’t pay off their credit cards each month. With a $15,000 balance an...

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Squirrel Money investing presentation

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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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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