What to make of 2018 so far

What we forecasted at the beginning of 2018 has so far been on the money; let's take a look at interest rates, the economy, how we're influenced by America and what the housing market is doing.

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What to make of 2018 so far

What’s happening with interest rates?

I get asked daily what’s happening with interest rates. To answer this question, it’s usef...

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House under construction for KiwiBuild

KiwiBuild: what does it mean for first home buyers?

For those of you who have read my recent article Top 5 first home buyer tips, you may reme...

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Trade Finance: how you can improve your cash flow

The world has come a long way since the days of the cheque book; we can move cash in an in...

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Top 5 first home buyer tips

Starting a new role at a new company is always an exciting time. For me, leading up to my ...

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Binoculars looking back at 2018 so far

Revisiting our housing and mortgage rate forecast for 2018

As we pass the shortest day and I struggle to get out of bed at a reasonable time, let’s l...

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Revisiting our housing and mortgage rate forecast for 2018

As we pass the shortest day and I struggle to get out of bed at a reasonable time, let’s l...

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General Market Update

We’re nearing the mid-point of 2018 and things seem to be simmering away without any obvio...

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The importance of liquidity in the housing market

The importance of liquidity in the housing market

Property isn’t as liquid as you might think. Just try selling an investment apartment in t...

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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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KiwiBuild: what does it mean for first home buyers?

For those of you who have read my recent article Top 5 first home buyer tips, you may reme...

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Young first home buyer couple sitting on fence

Top 5 first home buyer tips

Starting a new role at a new company is always an exciting time. For me, leading up to my ...

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Wet Paint

The Preest Journal: Wet Paint

We've been following our clients Alisha & Dom as they start the journey of doing up their ...

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KiwiSaver tip for first home buyers

Chances are, when you signed up for KiwiSaver some 10 years ago (or less) if you were youn...

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Much-ado-about-paint

The Preest Journal: Much ado about paint

In the third instalment of first home buyers Alisha & Dom's journey, they're pulling out t...

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Trade Finance: how you can improve your cash flow

The world has come a long way since the days of the cheque book; we can move cash in an in...

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Commercial buildings

What's happening with commercial lending?

Squirrel is often talking about tight credit conditions in terms of residential property, ...

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JB presenting on the economy and technology

The technology effect

A few weeks ago JB presented at a property investment workshop on the housing market, the ...

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Is Auckland good value?

Is Auckland good value?

We ran a seminar recently where we were lucky enough to hear from the design champion for ...

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Ron Burgundy - breaking news about the OCR

BREAKING NEWS – The OCR didn’t change

In typical tabloid fashion, the media desperately try to make news out of anything that dr...

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What’s happening with interest rates?

I get asked daily what’s happening with interest rates. To answer this question, it’s usef...

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JB discussing mortgage rates

How are mortgage rates determined?

There are constantly mixed messages in the media around mortgage rates which we all know c...

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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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Christchurch – a new lease on life

So often I talk about investment from an Auckland perspective because that’s where I’m bas...

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Door - opportunity knocking

Opportunity is knocking

Where we are seeing a significant drop (of between 10%-20%) is in the new build market and...

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Man spying confidence on the horizon

Is confidence returning to the market?

Confidence fell out of the market last year but appears to be coming back and here's why....

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Journal, cup of coffee

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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Are you paying too much ACC?

As a business owner, you'll be familiar with ACC’s CoverPlus product. Are you also aware o...

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skin with sunblock

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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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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What happens with your mortgage when you move house?

There are a few different ways your mortgage can work with in your move, as JB explains....

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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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5 practical ways to spruce up your garage

We all know that most garages do much more than storing vehicles. And because they are not...

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Bitcoin and blockchain

Guest post: The basics of Bitcoin & blockchain

Bitcoin has been in and out of the headlines recently, almost as much as it’s been going u...

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Brown St makeover

Extreme makeover: villa edition

Feast your eyes on this transformation of an old Ponsonby villa. Owned by an expert archit...

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Balance - woman's hands holding coffee and phone

Adviser insight: how to survive the balance

Balancing work, life, two tiny children and trading property isn't easy. But if I can do i...

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Card counting

Adviser insight: the secret life of a card counter

Last time I promised to dish the details on my experience as an international card counter...

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