Mortgage check: Are you on top of things?

Settled into your dream home? Congratulations! Owning a home is one of life’s milestones, a commitment that will be with you for the long haul, and importantly, a key ingredient of your financial life. And that’s why it’s essential to stay on top of it as you go. So, if it’s been a while since…

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Your six-step self-care toolkit

Once again, New Zealanders are pulling together to stamp out Covid-19. In times like these, it’s more important than ever to take care of each other and ourselves. The message is akin to one you may have heard before, flying to your destination: “Put your mask on first, before assisting others.” It’s key to take…

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Time to break the ‘money taboo’?

Ever felt you start cringing when friends bring up money around the dinner table? Do you tend to keep money worries to yourself, rather than discuss them with your loved ones (let alone seek professional advice)? You’re not the only one. Research, locally and internationally, has found that large numbers of people find it hard…

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April joins row of property record-breaking months

The streak of record-breaking months in the New Zealand property market has continued in April 2021. While house prices and sales volumes saw an all-time high for the month of April, inventory levels for an April month were at their lowest ever.  So, what’s next for the housing market? Read on for our latest property…

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We have ACC, do we really need insurance?

New Zealanders have access to a support system that is the envy of many other parts of the world. Every person in this country is covered by ACC, a no-fault scheme that covers medical costs and, depending on the situation, loss of income if you suffer an accident. The accident doesn’t have to have been…

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Five not-so-obvious ways to get into the property market

Looking at buying your first home in the near future? You may be wondering how exactly you’re going to do it. With house prices rising all around New Zealand, you may feel that the goal of home ownership is moving further out of reach. But before you throw in the towel, know this: there may…

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Four money lessons from 2020

  Disclaimer: Please note that the content provided in this article is intended as an overview and as general information only. While care is taken to ensure accuracy and reliability, the information provided is subject to continuous change and may not reflect current development or address your situation. Before making any decisions based on the…

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When is the right time to buy a house?

If you’re in the market for a first house, your next house, or an investment property, you’re probably wondering: Is now a good time to buy? No one can say for sure what property prices will do over the next month, year or decade. It’s only in hindsight that we can pick the opportunities that…

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Property market surpasses expectations – but will it last?

New Zealand’s property market continues to hold up despite all the uncertainty, surpassing expectations, and prompting economists to revise their forecasts once again. While a downturn is still expected, most experts agree that the drop shouldn’t be ‘massive’… Some relevant factors to watch According to independent economist Tony Alexander, there are several contrasting forces driving…

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Optimistic and engaged: NZ investors respond to Covid-19

NZ investor confidence seems to be (almost) immune to market uncertainty, with more and more New Zealanders looking to increase their investments – many of whom do so with the help of a financial adviser. The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) has recently published the second part of its annual Investor Confidence Survey, focusing on the…

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