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29 January 2024

The Home Loan Shop is now Squirrel

We're excited to announce the completion of our merger with iconic Wellington-based mortgage company, the The Home Loan Shop, as it officially rebrands to Squirrel.

01 January 2024

17 reasons why Squirrel is Auckland’s best mortgage broker

Ever wondered what it is exactly that a mortgage broker has to offer? Here's our top reasons why Squirrel is the best place to go to get your mortgage sorted in Auckland - rather than just heading straight to your bank.

01 January 2024

17 reasons why Squirrel is the Wellington region's best mortgage broker

People often think that when it comes to getting your mortgage sorted, it's easiest just to go straight to your bank. But here's our top reasons why Squirrel is the best place to go to get your mortgage sorted in Wellington.

23 November 2022

Interest rates to go even higher after OCR hike

Over the past year or so we have seen a decline in the number of properties sold from 100,000 down to about 68,000. The OCR has just jumped up, and things are about to get worse.

20 December 2021

What happens to your mortgage in a divorce?

If you're going through a divorce, you probably have a whole lot of questions about navigating changes to your mortgage, and where to next. We’ve got you covered.

10 August 2021

Seven ways to save money on your mortgage

In a perfect world, your bank would let you know every time there was an opportunity for you to save money. But the world isn’t perfect so it’s up to you to stay on top of your home loan. It could save you thousands of dollars. How? Here are seven things to consider.

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.

30 January 2020

How to pay off your mortgage faster

Making it onto the property ladder is a huge milestone, but the journey doesn’t end there. Now you're in a huge amount of debt. We've put together some of our top tips for helping you manage and pay your mortgage off faster.

20 March 2019

Five reasons to review your mortgage now

A mortgage isn't something you set and forget. It should be reviewed regularly with the ups, downs, plot twists of life and interest rate fluctuation. Especially if you want to pay it off as fast as possible and save money on interest. If you haven't had yours reviewed in a while, here are 5 simple things to consider.

18 March 2019

Property Investment Planning - New Risks on the Horizon

For the last while we’ve been grappling with ever tightening rules on interest-only for investors, and that’s just the beginning of the hurdles. Servicing is getting stricter and investors are having to jump through a few hoops to keep the banks happy.