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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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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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Living in a boys world

Adviser insight: Living in a Boys World

I'm in a unique position of not only being outnumbered in the office, but also at home. If...

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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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Man keeping calm, not in panic


The media loves a sensational headline. And in true form it's gone to town on the recent m...

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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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Preest Journal 2 - renovations

The Preest Journal: let the renovations begin

In part 2 of this mini-series, the Preests pick apart their new home, and decide on how to...

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Why do mortgages get declined?

There could be any number of reasons why a mortgage application might get declined. Here a...

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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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The Preests' first home

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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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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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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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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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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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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