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Cheapest mortgage rates

We now have the cheapest mortgage rates...ever! If you're asking yourself, "is now a good time to buy" as far as interest rates go, we've got the cheapest mortgage rates we've ever had.  Let's put it in perspective and compare dollars for dollars on what a mortgage interest could have cost you at 6.00% and what it would cost you today at 2.95% which should help you get an idea what a mortgage repayment will cost. Mortgage 1 If you had a mortgage of $500,000 over 30 years at 6.00% your fortnightly repayment would be $1383 and you would [...]

2020-11-15T22:25:33+13:0017/05/2020|Categories: Blog, Home Loans|Tags: , , , |

Lower Mortgage Rates

Lower Mortgage Rates? On Monday 12th August 2019 the OCR was reduced to only 1% which dictates what our retail mortgage rates are.  With the latest reduction in the  OCR will we see much lower mortgage rates and more flexible lending criteria?. Firstly, let's take a look at what OCR means, and for those of you who are maybe more technically savvy than financially savvy, OCR in this case does not mean Optical Character Recognition, but rather the Offical Cash Rate! Here is a quick video from the Reserve Bank of New Zealand that will explain what the OCR does. [...]

2019-08-21T20:14:28+12:0021/08/2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |

Best bank mortgage

Who has the best bank mortgage? Who has the best bank mortgage is an important question when you are looking to buy a home or refinance a current home, but it may not be a bank at all, but rather a Non-Bank lender who are who are not banks, more defined, not a registered trading bank. The leading trading banks have the majority of mortgage lending in New Zealand, and also they give us a sense of security when it comes to lending.  We can walk into their offices, talk face to face with staff, see their fleet vehicles driving around [...]

Will our lowest home loan rates continue?

  Will our lowest home loan rates continue? In my opinion, yes, but for how long is the million dollar question. Right now, we have the lowest home loan rates for decades and there are no signs of home loan rates rising in the next 6 months, possibly even 12 months.  If you are one to watch mortgage rates and what they are going to do over the next few years then here are some resources to help you keep an eye on mortgage rates, and maybe you can come up with your own answer on will our lowers home loan [...]

Lowest mortgage rates

  We have seen the lowest mortgage rates for decades, and I do not recall the Official Cash Rate ever being this low.  They will most likely reduce again in the next 90 days but this is not guaranteed, but you can read more about further cuts here. So how can you take advantage of the lowest mortgage rates in years? Here are my top 3 tips which will help you position yourself to take advantage of these and to improve your long terms financial position. If your bank has reduced your payment to reflect a lower interest rate, then [...]

How do I qualify for a mortgage?

  To get a mortgage from a bank or lender requires you to get a number of things right.  Here are the key criteria banks look at when assessing your eligibility for a mortgage.  We call it the 3 C's which are Character, Capacity and Collateral. Preparing to get a mortgage If you are paying rent, and have been paying your rent on time with no problems, and have a good repayment history with your landlord, this does not mean the bank will lend you money.  Although this will help persuade the bank to lend to you, it does not [...]

How do interest rates work?

If you are a homeowner, or prospective homeowner, then understanding how interest rates work is going to be valuable to you when making financial decisions.  You should have some understanding about them, as they impact you, your family, your job and pretty much most things you do. Who sets the interest rates? It is the banks who set the interest rates and they determine what rate they lend money out to borrowers.  There are a number of factors which banks consider when they are setting current rates, and this list is in no means exhaustive, but some of them are; [...]

How a Welcome Home Loan works

  Quite often I will come across clients who qualify for a Welcome Home Loan, so I thought I would write about how the Welcome Home Loan works. Welcome Home Loan explained This is a home deposit program from Housing New Zealand and it is designed to help new homeowners buy their first home.  It does have some rules around who will qualify and it is not for everyone.  In in today's housing market, the cost of delay is expensive (especially if you live in Auckland!) so my advice is, if you can afford it, and you qualify, buy it [...]

2015-06-13T22:33:08+12:0013/06/2015|Categories: Blog, Home Loans, Mortgage Finance, New Finance|Tags: , , |

Finding the best mortgage rates

  Finding the best mortgage rates available is subjective.  It is like answering "how long is a piece of string".  It all depends on what you want to do and what your goals are.  Here are three core questions you must ask yourself first. 1. How long am I going to keep the home or loan? If you plan to sell your home in the next 12 months (and most likely repay the loan) then I certainly would not be fixing my home loan mortgage rate for more than 12 months.  I would be considering a 6 month fixed rate [...]

Property values in Rotorua

Rotorua Property Values Recently there was an article about Rotorua property values and as a mortgage broker, I could not help but add my two cents worth.  The question I often get asked by clients home a home is "what do you think it's worth"?.  I would love to be able to have a answer for them but my answer is usually "what ever the market is prepared to pay". Of course, when it comes to securing a home loan for them, the bank will always ask what the valuation is and what is the purchase price so the valuation [...]

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