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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As always, it’s important to note that every insurance policy is different as the type and level of cover you have is based on your situation. So, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us: we can talk you through your policy wording and help you get clarity as to what you’re…

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These are most definitely difficult and unique times as the world grapples with the rapidly evolving impact of coronavirus (COVID-19). Our thoughts are with those affected across the world, and of course at home in New Zealand. Times such as these highlight the importance of supporting each other and caring for our community: from the…

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Looking at buying your first home? Then your ‘borrowing power’ is a critical number to know. Most lenders have online calculators to help you work out a rough estimate. But if you want a more precise figure before kicking off your house hunt, getting pre-approved by a lender is a great idea. To maximise your…

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Ready to buy your first home? Purchasing property always requires a fair share of planning, especially when it comes to saving for your first deposit.But if you’re a KiwiSaver member, taking this step may be easier than you think – thanks to the HomeStart Grant. What is it? Are you eligible? And how much can you get out…

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