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04 February 2022

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.

11 November 2021

Rising mortgage rates will eventually dominate FOMO

With investors backing off it is understandable that the pace of increase in house prices has slowed down. In the six months to September 2020, average house prices around New Zealand rose by just 4%, including a 3% fall over the April-May months.

04 February 2021

Why soaring house prices should slow down in 2021

Economy expert Tony Alexander discusses the latest results from his surveys of mortgage advisers and real estate agents, plus how a change in LVR restrictions will affect New Zealand's housing market.

25 January 2021

How to manage 60% - 70% LVR restrictions for property investors

In March the Reserve Bank will reimplement LVR (loan-to-value ratio) restrictions on property investors. This will mean lending for investment properties will be required to have a 70% or possibly 60% loan-to-value ratio.

26 November 2020

The return of LVR restrictions

Banks were actually already lobbying the Reserve Bank to reinstate LVRs because of their concern about the speed with which house prices were rising and the frenzied level of market activity.

18 November 2020

An update on our Investor platform - November 2020

There’s been a lot happening here at the Squirrel garage and lots of movement in the financial world, so here’s an update on quite a few things.

13 November 2020

House price boom turns to construction boom

Growing house construction is a substantial boom for the economy through extra business for materials manufacturers and distributors, architects, inspectors and so on.

13 December 2017

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 may or may not end up becoming reality.