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Housing Market

Delay in monetary policy tightening may boost housing

I recently wrote about the end-game being underway for the three decade period of high average house price rises. I still remain of that view, but for now the market retains considerable strength.

Housing Market

Multiple factors contributing to a slower housing market

There are a growing number of factors in play which suggest that while demand for housing will remain firm, we've entered the end game for the period of strong house price rises well exceeding the rate of growth in household incomes.

Housing Market

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.

Housing Market

Holidays and house purchases

Each month I run a survey with the REINZ of real estate agents all around New Zealand, asking them what they are seeing. My latest survey, which yielded a good 369 responses, shows that FOMO, fear of missing out, remains as strong as ever.

Housing Market

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.

Financial planning

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.

Housing Market

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.

Housing Market

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.

Housing Market

Good news: lending rules are loosening

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand has announced this morning that they’re loosening their lending rules. This is good news especially for first home buyers.

Housing Market

Auckland house sales fall 30%

Auckland sales volumes are down 30% year-on-year and Barfoot & Thompson is saying that house prices have fallen back to the same level as a year ago.

Housing Market

Don't get caught with a hangover

It’s midnight on a Saturday night and you’re out on the town. It’s been a great night so far and now you’ve got a decision to make...

Lifestyle and Technology

Making sense of the mortgage landscape

There’s no doubt about it – the mortgage landscape has changed. Credit markets are tightening and rates have started to go up. So here’s the low down to help you make better decisions, whether that’s to borrow more or pay the mortgage off faster.