We'll arm you with all the info you need, help you steer clear of the traps and sort you out with the best possible deal from the bank. We've even put together a handy with answers to questions you probably haven't come up with yet.
We've built our entire business around making sure the house buying process runs as smoothly as possible for you, leaving you to get on with the fun stuff, like planning your first BBQ.
We do a lot more than negotiate a good deal with the bank. Here's a snapshot of what we'll do for you:
If you like details, here are a few more reasons to use a mortgage broker (50 to be precise).
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Glenbrook, [New Zealand]
We found the staff easy to talk to and if we had any issues they would sort it out in a reasonable time.A
Auckland, New Zealand
I highly recommend Sudam Salunke who has assisted me with excellent service. He has achieved an absolute great financial outcome for me. He is just a brilliant advisor.SV
Auckland, New Zealand
Lindsay always gave great advise and was almost always available which was really handy while dealing with the whole situation.T
Auckland , New Zealand
Emma was fantastic to deal with. She was fast to respond to emails and always took the time to answer all of our questions, no matter how trivial. She managed to get us a great rate, and provided us with some valuable advice as first home buyers.E
Auckland, New Zealand
Lindsay was very thorough and approachable. Nothing was ever a problem and his attention to detail is outstanding. Felt safe and in good hands.LH
Our broker was always on hand to answer queries and provided open and honest information and assistance. This was our first rental property we had purchased and we were very satisfied with the mortgage outcome and would recommend this service to others.MN
Wellington, New Zealand
The whole process went very smooth with squirrel. The person handled my case was very much interacted with me and explained every case in a very tidy way since it's my first mortgage. I have quite recommended few friends already. ThanksVM
Auckland, New Zealand
Squirrel arranged our finance, living in Wellington we liaised via email & phone which worked perfectly, was easy & stress free, highly recommend & will definately used Squirrel againKW
If you’ve got all the legal and financial stuff sorted early you’ll get in first on the great properties. Almost makes you feel sorry for everyone else. Almost. Tip: we can help you with this.
A mortgage is a huge sum of money, which means squeezing what feels like loose change out of your bank can save you thousands of bucks in the long run. Seriously. Get your mortgage right and it's the easiest money you'll make.
Don’t fall for their free-tv-cash-back-free-groceries-for-a-year trickery – choose the right mortgage, and you’ll be able to buy your own TV. Being on salaries (therefore unbiased), Squirrel advisers won't get sucked into sending you to a specific bank either.
It's usually the first thing to figure out, so you have a realistic idea of what house you're going for, what area and what kind of houses are in your price range. Our handy dandy calculator will help figure this out for you.Find out how much you can borrow
To give you an idea of what you can afford in real terms, try setting up a bank account so that your savings (+rent) equate to your probable mortgage repayments. You’ll find out pretty quickly if you can cope or not.Repayments calculator
When it comes to borrowing, the bigger the deposit the better. Yep 20% is a hefty chunk, but it’s ideal so you don’t have to pay extra interest. It's not as black and white as you might think though. As well as KiwiSaver, there are a few ways of making up that 20%.Learn the ins and outs of deposits
When we’re talking hundreds of thousands of dollars, a fraction of a percent change in interest or repayment rates can save you a packet. Having said that, life’s not all about money and sometimes it’s better to go with the lender that works for you long-term rather than saving some dollars in the short-term. We can help you make the right choice.Understanding your mortgage
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In this post I’ll cover off what I’ve learned about buying in a soft market, and how Squirrel can help beyond simply...
Buying a home is a tricky business. There are so many considerations to take into account.
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Filling in our online application gives us enough information to have a good chat about what you're wanting to achieve, and focus on the stuff that's important to you. In a nutshell, we'll meet with you to discuss next steps, answer any questions you may have and once you're ready, we'll submit an application for pre-approval to the bank on your behalf.
Once you're pre-approved, you'll be in a strong position to hit up all the open homes your heart desires! We'll be just a phone call or email away to answer any questions you have, or to put any properties you're interested in under the microscope and give our thoughts on it. We can also help with all the due diligence like arranging building inspections and valuations, and looking over the LIM report.
Eventually when you find the one, we'll walk you through the process of purchasing. After all of that, we arrange your finance, negotiate a sweet deal with the bank and structure your mortgage in a way that works for you.
If you're a first home buyer you can withdraw KiwiSaver contributions made by you and your employer to use as a deposit towards your new home if you meet these conditions:
It normally takes less than three days to arrange finance but it pays to get organised ahead of time. Every now and then, the banks can be a bit slow, especially if the mortgage is over 80% of the property’s value. So, if you are borrowing over 80%, allow for 5-7 working days to get an approval. Bottom line is, the earlier you talk to us and get things rolling the easier it’ll be for all.
You normally agree to pay the deposit once the sale goes unconditional. Occasionally real estate agents ask for the deposit upfront but this isn’t all that common.
Although it is best to pay the deposit on the day you go unconditional, this is often not possible because of the amount of paperwork required to get temporary facilities in place. If this is the case, you can go unconditional and just let the agent know that the deposit will be paid within 48 hours.
Always check with your solicitor – you have three working days from being served notice (by the vendor’s solicitor) to pay the deposit. This means you have at least three working days from going unconditional to pay it. That’s enough time to search through a few couches – or set up alternative arrangements.
Remember: The KiwiSaver rules changed recently to allow the early release of funds to be used as a deposit. This needs to be managed through your solicitor and is worth getting underway as early as possible.
Head over here - we've put together an A-Z of what every potential first home buyer needs to know.