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08 February 2022

Guest post: Using peer-to-peer investments to grow a house deposit

In this article I am going to talk about my personal experience using Squirrel’s P2P lending investments as a reasonably secure short-term investment vehicle to grow my family’s first home deposit.

19 February 2021

40% deposits and a slight slowing in rising house prices

The last time 40% deposits for investors were introduced, Auckland house prices had been soaring for four years. This time, we're only a year into the current frenzied house price cycle, and interest rates are much lower than they were. So how much impact will reintroducing the rule have?

15 June 2020

Thinking about buying your first home? Here’s your checklist

So much to think about, so much to consider. We’ve broken it down for you into a handy up-to-the-minute checklist that you can download, print and pin up on your wall at home. Once you’ve got all the nuts checked off, you’re good to go!

31 October 2019

Everything first home buyers need to know about KiwiSaver

Most New Zealanders know about KiwiSaver, but not everyone knows how it can benefit you as a potential home buyer, or how the process works when you want to use it.

28 October 2019

Getting your deposit together for your first home

Let’s take a look at deposits, what support the government offers first home buyers, and a few other ways that you can pull your deposit together for your first home.

19 April 2018

KiwiSaver tip for first home buyers

Chances are, when you signed up for KiwiSaver some 10 years ago (or less) if you were young, then you put it in an aggressive fund and have hopefully reaped the rewards of that.

03 March 2017

Budgeting your first home

It’s tough being a first home buyer. But with a bit of foresight and forward planning, we’ve got a few tips to help you make it work.

19 December 2016

Common financial challenges faced by first-home buyers?

Buying a home is an important milestone in the lives of many people, across New Zealand and elsewhere.

15 December 2016

Trying to save up for your first home? We can help

If you've been dreaming of buying a house for the first time, you're absolutely not alone.

04 March 2016

How much is a 20% deposit in your favourite Auckland suburb?

How much are you prepared to drop on a home? We all know it's an arm and a leg and then some at this point, but how much exactly?

10 December 2013

New property exempt from RBNZ LVR rules

The Reserve Bank announced today that new builds will be exempt from the recent LVR restrictions.

20 November 2013

Using Guarantees to buy with less than 20% deposit

With severe restrictions on borrowing with less than a 20% deposit, one way around the rules is to use a Guarantor, often a parent or close relative.