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Investing in Residential Mortgages

At Squirrel, we're known as one of the largest mortgage brokers in New Zealand. But what you might not know is that we are also a lender, which means we can make a portion of those loans available as investments for retail investors. This gives investors better opportunities for their cash funds.

Financial planning

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.

Housing Market

5 costs to be aware of as a first home buyer

Everyone knows buying your first home is a big investment. We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but first home buyers can often be surprised that there are quite a few additional costs involved beyond the purchase price.

Financial planning

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.

Lifestyle and Technology

50 reasons to use a Mortgage Broker

One of the questions you might have if considering a mortgage broker for the first time is, why use a mortgage broker versus going to the bank direct? Or, what is the difference between a mortgage broker and a mobile mortgage manager? It’s hard to sum-up what we do in a couple of sentences, so here goes my 50 reasons why to use a mortgage broker and Squirrel in particular.

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.

Lifestyle and Technology

Navigating mortgages when you're self-employed

We have a lot of experience with customers who are self-employed and want to borrow for buying a house. Being your own boss, you might not fit the banks’ mould so there might be a couple of extra hoops to jump through. But that’s what we’re here to help with.