First Home Buyers

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01 September 2023

How saving with Squirrel could get you into your first home faster

If you've been working hard to get to that 20% house deposit, you'll want to make sure your savings are working as hard as possible, to get you into your first home even faster.

30 August 2023

First home buyers: Ways to get into your own home with just a 5% deposit

Lenders will usually require you to front up with a deposit of 20% of the purchase price for an existing property – 10% if it’s a new build – before they’ll consider giving you a mortgage on it. If you’ve been saving hard only to have your deposit goal feel like it’s getting further out of reach – or you just don’t want to have to wait years and years (and years) to get into your first home – there are options out there.

06 October 2022

A Squirrel case study: Charlie & Kyle

In this case study, we sat down with Auckland first home buyer, Charlie, to chat about her (and partner Kyle's) journey to home ownership with us.

16 September 2022

The return of the first home buyer

While there may be a shift underway in the minds of first home buyers, will the turning of the cycle be as swift going back as it was going back down?

10 August 2022

Why it's not all doom & gloom for first home buyers who bought at 2021's market peak

Anyone who'd just got their foot on the property ladder when the market started to turn will be feeling rough after the last few months - but it's not all bad news.

18 July 2022

New loan option helping Kiwis level up on household sustainability

If you’ve been thinking about making a few tweaks and upgrades to get your household on that sustainability buzz, ANZ have just launched a brand spanking new loan product which could help you do it.

15 July 2022

Kāinga Ora & CCCFA: What the latest changes mean for first home buyers

The long-awaited return of choice to the housing market isn’t the only good news for first home buyers to be feeling positive about right now - changes to Kāinga Ora First Home schemes and CCCFA legislation add to the good news.

16 June 2022

Making sense of the current market as a first home buyer

So, the tables have turned and we've finally entered a buyer's market - but how do you navigate the apparent minefield of increasing mortgage rates and falling house prices?

20 May 2022

Budget 2022 brings welcome support for first home buyers

This week's Budget announcement has brought good news for first home buyers, with the Government unveiling a number of changes to unlock additional support.

22 April 2022

Are new builds still a good investment in the changing market?

New builds can be a great option for investors and first home buyers alike - and if you’re considering buying off plan, there are a few things to keep in mind to help you buy well.

19 April 2022

The Big Move: Getting set for a mortgage in New Zealand after living overseas

With borders officially reopening, many Kiwi expats are planning a move home once more. Here's everything you need to know about getting a mortgage in New Zealand after living overseas.

17 March 2022

First home buyers should focus on choice, not potential for bargains

The expectation held by most of us is that average prices will fall about 10%. That sounds reasonable. But before anyone gets fixated on that number it pays to note something very important.