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21 May 2020

Investing in property in a tight credit market

There’s no doubt that there will be some good buying opportunities over the next twelve months. To make the most of them you will need to be cashed up and ready to pounce. It’s about having the confidence, knowing you can land the deal, but also not misreading your lenders and their lack of appetite for risk.

11 May 2020

What I’d do if I was a first home buyer in 2020

There’s a lot of mixed messages out there about property at the moment. Some is from complete pessimists who think the world is coming to an end. Some is from the industry who are far too bullish and whose income is in some way tied to property. We’re arguably in the latter camp (given we’re mortgage advisers) – but we try to call it as we see it.

28 April 2020

Investing in property post Covid-19

More than ever, the current economic crisis has highlighted the importance of (1) having a clear investment strategy and (2) managing your risks. What does your risk management strategy look like? What happens if your tenants cannot pay the rent? What happens if you sell a property and the bank keeps all of the sales proceeds?

20 April 2020

Buying a home after lockdown - what you need to know

This article is split into two sections. We’ll first explore the supply and demand issues, and secondly get into some tips and tricks to consider. So, what drives the housing market and what does that mean post COVID-19?

14 April 2020

Does going on a Mortgage Holiday affect your credit score?

In response to Covid-19 and the financial stress that many Kiwis are suddenly facing, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand is allowing banks to offer 6-month ‘mortgage holidays’. Although we prefer the term Mortgage Repayment Deferral because it’s not really a holiday.

06 April 2020

P2P Investor update – heading into week 2 of lockdown

It’s day 12 of the Covid-19 lockdown in New Zealand. The world is still feeling uncertain and whilst we don't have a crystal ball, what we can do is give complete transparency about how our P2P platform is doing.

30 March 2020

Mortgage rates forecast 2020 - This is the bottom of the cycle

You heard it here, but also let’s acknowledge up front that I’ve called it before and been wrong. This situation is different though. The OCR has reached the bottom, bank margins are tight, and term deposits can't go much lower.

26 March 2020

Financial anxiety in a crisis

I’ve been in a few crises. The first was launching Squirrel at the height of the GFC, with a crashing housing market. Then my head contractor went bankrupt part way through my big property development. Now? We're faced with Coronavirus. But this one is different. We're all in it together and it's out of our control.

26 March 2020

COVID-19 - How to apply for a mortgage repayment deferral or switch to interest-only

Among all of the current madness you may have heard about the banks offering mortgage holidays, or repayment deferrals. Here's how the process works with each of the main banks.

25 March 2020

Why you don’t need a mortgage broker near you

In this ever-changing crazy quagmire of a world, there has never been a greater need for seamless online services. Fortunately, Squirrel is well set up to provide the same service for all our clients, whether you're stuck at home, or at the beach.

23 March 2020

How to manage your mortgage through the coronavirus crisis

The adage 'cash is king' is never truer than in a crisis. Cash gives you the flexibility and freedom to respond to changes. Now is a good time to have a small cash buffer in your mortgage. The thing to remember is banks don’t want you to default on your mortgage, and they have temporary options in place which are designed to support those who find themselves in financial hardship.

27 February 2020

Advice for those about to purchase property using KiwiSaver

What does Coronavirus have to do with your KiwiSaver funds? More than you might think. No need to panic, but we thought it was worth putting a word of caution out there for anyone who is looking at purchasing a property in the near future with KiwiSaver as part (or all) of their deposit.