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It’s hard to believe this ‘unprecedented’ year is finally drawing to a close. Now it is time to pause, reflect and take a break – perhaps, while enjoying a bit of sunshine on the beach. In celebration of the festive season, we have prepared a little surprise for you – our own special eMagazine, just…

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Spring has sprung, and typically, this is the time of year when more houses are put up for sale. But 2020 has been anything but ‘typical’ so far, and the New Zealand property market continues to catch experts and economists off-guard… Here’s a summary of the latest updates on prices, sales volumes and interest rates.…

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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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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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Covid-19 has had an impact on almost all areas of our economy. While it’s unclear yet what the full effect is likely to be, economists agree some weakness is coming – and there could be buying opportunities for those who are in the market. What falls are expected? Infometrics’ economists expect house prices to fall…

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Recent events have turned much of what we thought of as ‘normal life’ on its head. And for many people, this has created an extra level of stress. Whether you’re working from home and worried about trying to home school your kids, or wondering about the future of your job or business, there are a…

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Are you pondering the ‘insurance question’? Recent data from the Financial Services Council revealed the difference insurance is making to the lives of New Zealanders. 1.49 billion reasons to consider insurance In the year to 31 March 2020, insurance providers paid out $1.49 billion (or just over $4 million a day) in claims – including…

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Unsurprisingly, the number of properties sold across New Zealand dropped significantly in April, according to the Real Estate Institute. Will low interest rates provide stimulus to the property market? Here’s what some economists expect for the next few months. Property prices have held up With the country being in complete lockdown for most of April,…

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You might have heard a bit of talk lately about mortgage holidays. As part of its response to COVID-19, the Government has been working with lenders to make it easier for borrowers to get a break from their home loan repayments. While ‘mortgage repayment holidays’ have always been an option for borrowers experiencing financial hardship,…

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What’s next for the property market? It’s the question that industry experts are pondering right now, as the last pre-lockdown data becomes available. The latest QV House Price index, focusing on the month March, shows that the property market was continuing to perform strongly throughout early-mid March, but it doesn’t provide any insights into what…

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