Housing and mortgage rate forecast for 2018

Here’s my view of the year ahead and my rationale for that forecast. To be honest it’s no different from the view I’ve been writing about for the past six months.

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2018

The Preest Journal: buying our first home

In a world of articles about young couples buying their first home 'on their own' but with...

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Housing and mortgage rate forecast for 2018

Here’s my view of the year ahead and my rationale for that forecast. To be honest it’s no ...

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Dreaming of a house

Goals – A new home in 2018

Are you eyeing up a new home this year? Here’s what’s on the cards for 2018....

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Ditching the corporate career

It’s the new year, a time for setting goals, re-evaluating and reassessing, so here’s my t...

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Have you had a skin check recently?

If you were to get diagnosed with cancer, are you and your family well prepared to deal wi...

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Housing and mortgage rate forecast for 2018

Here’s my view of the year ahead and my rationale for that forecast. To be honest it’s no ...

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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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The Preest Journal: buying our first home

In a world of articles about young couples buying their first home 'on their own' but with...

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Dreaming of a house

Goals – A new home in 2018

Are you eyeing up a new home this year? Here’s what’s on the cards for 2018....

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Houses - LVR rules change

Good news: lending rules are loosening

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand has announced this morning that they’re loosening their le...

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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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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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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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New year, but more of the same?

The new year is almost upon us and with it comes the usual new year’s resolutions which ma...

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Which one?

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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Have you had a skin check recently?

If you were to get diagnosed with cancer, are you and your family well prepared to deal wi...

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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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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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Ditching the corporate career

It’s the new year, a time for setting goals, re-evaluating and reassessing, so here’s my t...

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Alan in space

The making of Alan

Creating the first AI bot for first home buyers wasn't easy. There were some serious bloop...

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Open door

Why you should use a (good) mortgage broker

Buying a home is a tricky business. There are so many considerations to take into account....

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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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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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