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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.

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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.

Housing Market

Housing market easing off still

Independent Economist Tony Alexander gives his take on the factors that are playing into falling house prices. Will things be easier for first home buyers with the housing market softening and easing CCCFA rules?

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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.

Housing Market

With recession comes opportunity – A potential silver lining for buyers in the housing market

As Kiwis grapple with the double whammy of higher interest rates and high inflation, there’s no doubt people are starting to feel the pinch. Could current economic pressures lead to a drop in house prices?

Financial planning

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.

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Chin up: Why tighter LVR restrictions aren't the end of the world for first home buyers

Tighter LVR restrictions might feel like the end of the world for first home buyers right now, but the good news is these measures are only ever temporary. Here are our tips to give you the best chance of success under current conditions.

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Beyond the purchase price: The 5 big costs to be aware of as a first home buyer

Buying a home is (probably) going to be the biggest investment you’ll ever make. As a first home buyer, when you’re already fronting up such a hefty chunk of change, you’ll want to make sure you’re not getting stung by any unexpected costs along the way. Let’s take a look at the things you need to factor into your budget to avoid any big surprises.

Housing Market

Market update: Year-end brings mixed bag for borrowers and buyers, at the mercy of new lending restrictions

As 2021 draws to a close, it looks as though we may finally be starting to see that long-anticipated easing of the housing market come to fruition.

Housing Market

More lending restrictions coming

The Reserve Bank have recently invited people to make submissions on their proposal to introduce debt to income requirements which banks must apply to new borrowers.

Housing Market

Everyday Kiwis forced to pay the price of Government’s new responsible lending laws

Let’s start with a question, should your bank have the right to judge the way you live? The Government has made law changes to protect vulnerable borrowers that come into effect on 2nd December, but that will have adverse consequences for homeowners and especially first homebuyers.

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5% deposit mortgage product changes lives of scores of first home buyers

Launchpad, our unique home loan for first home buyers has already helped scores of people onto the property ladder just three months after it was launched and we expect it to help tons more.