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Entering the property market for the first time?

There are many ‘first times’ greatly impacted by COVID-19 - children starting school, young people heading for their first OE (we feel for you!), having your first baby during lockdown, and for our purposes, buying your first home…  Much of the best advice and suggestions on how to navigate these rites of passage and what you can expect has been put in isolation (excuse the pun), as collectively we figure out this new normal.  The bad news: yes there is uncertainty. Understa...

July 1, 2020

KidSmart - top of the pops health cover you can gift a loved child or grandchild

I’ve recently been singing the praises of a brilliant new “kids only” health insurance policy. Unlike most health insurance, KidSmart provides private health cover, without the child being attached to an adult’s policy. What a gift to give a new grandchild or loved dependent and the gift of peace of mind for mum and dad too! There is FREE cover and no underwriting for babies up to six months’ old, and children are able to be insured without the same extensive medical questions and exam...

June 1, 2020

Mortgage, loan and insurance FAQs in the time of COVID-19

I don’t have to tell you we are living in unprecedented times. Things are moving fast in this new COVID-world so I want to assure you that I am here to help and support you.  Banks, governments and advisers like me appreciate that this is a once-in-a-lifetime event and everyone is jumping in to do their bit.As New Zealand moved to alert level 4 for coronavirus most businesses revenue will be taking a hit. In response, the Government has announced a series of multibillion dollar suppo...

March 28, 2020

What is an affordable mortgage for me?

Woohoo - you’ve got your deposit! Perhaps you’ve been saving your average income with a partner for 4 or so years (at a rate of 20% this would give you a deposit of $76,449*). However you arrived, well done! And now to truly test what is affordable for you to buy....

March 2, 2020

5 keys to save your house deposit while renting

Unless you are lucky (?) enough to stay living with the parentals until you buy your first home, you will likely spend a season renting, pre mortgage. Spending hard earned dollars renting can sometimes feel disheartening, but we have a few simple steps to make the most of your time. And your money! Your future self will thank you for it....

February 1, 2020

What does a Mortgage Broker really do and can one help you make 2020 your best year ever?

What do we do?...

January 1, 2020

3 ESSENTIALS to purchasing rental properties in 2020

According to Corelogic, data shows since the start of 2018 rents have risen at almost double the rate of house prices across the country. This appears to be great news for landlords and may be inspiring you to think about heading into the new year with one or more rental properties added to your investment portfolio. The great thing about property investment is that when it’s done right, it’s an asset that can give you both cashflow and capital growth. If it’s something you are considering...

December 2, 2019

Financial stress

I may be able to advise you on many areas of finance but I also know that money is not what ultimately brings true fulfilment in life. It's the positive connections we have friends, family and all the people that cross our paths including my valued clients. It's all about relationships.  Mental health is something that is close to my heart. Men in particular are dying too young and that’s why this month I'm taking part in Movember. You can DONATE HERE.  We all go through seasons of s...

November 1, 2019

Is a Mortgage Broker right for me?

You may be looking at your financial situation and wondering if you are doing the best for your future financial self.You may be looking at your spending, your goals and all of your existing debts, assets and your mortgage, but be confused about the big picture of where you are going. Maybe you know you need to tighten up in the areas that aren’t getting you where you want to be but you don't know how best to do that. How might a mortgage broker help - is it beyond what they do, or are you mis...

October 1, 2019

How to improve your chances of getting a mortgage

Waking up one morning and randomly deciding to hit the housing market is probably not going to directly result in your new home. Sorry if I burst any bubbles there. There is a lot to prepare for financially, particularly if this is your first step on the property ladder and a bit of planning will go a long way.  Your approval is based on more than just a reliable income and a big enough deposit. You also need to be able to prove your ability to afford your mortgage repayments. Potential len...

September 1, 2019

5 smart reasons you should buy your house in winter

The weather outside is frightful… it’s cold, wet, windy and miserable. Staying at home is easier… but that dream home might just be sitting there waiting for you to discover it. Whether you are looking for a first home, your forever home, or an investment property, I’m going to encourage you to grab a coffee, put some layers on and hit the open home circuit this weekend! ...

August 1, 2019

Is it time to review your mortgage structure...?

Interest rates are currently the lowest they have been since the 1940s! So how does your loan rate compare?  I guess the first question should really be, when was the last time you reviewed your mortgage rates? The world of finance can change with new lending offers on the table all the time. So, if it has been a few years since you looked at your mortgage structure, you could be missing out on the benefits of those changes.  It might be time to review an expiring rate, or you might be...

July 1, 2019

Why you shouldn't DIY your mortgage

Us Kiwis pride ourselves on our DIY-ing. But life is only getting more complicated. Busier. With more choices. So perhaps it’s time to consider using a trusted expert instead of number 8 wire. Or think about it this way - would you try and muddle through fixing your car if you don't know what you are doing? No, we didn’t think you would. It is too risky, right? So why would you do the same with your mortgage? It is a huge risk to try and DIY your mortgage. You could end up costing yours...

June 1, 2019

Income protection: a cautionary tale

I bet no one has asked you that random question already today. I’ll tell you what else is random: getting hit by a bus. Or clipped by an electric scooter and turned upside down. Literally. But these sorts of things do happen all the time and they’re scary and life changing. What helps when the unexpected happens is having a soft place to land financially. Consider this – and here’s where that figure above comes into it: A 30 year old earning a $65,000 salary could stand to lose $3,7...

May 1, 2019

How an insurance review can save you money

We know, we know, we said the “I” word. Insurance is not a word that many people want to talk about. It is seen as a necessity. Something you have to pay just in case. But what if you are paying more than you need to? Or if you are paying for the wrong things? If you don’t have the right kind of cover in place then you could find yourself out of pocket if something unexpected does happen. That is one of the reasons for regularly reviewing your insurance. But you could also be saving money ...

April 1, 2019

It’s a great time to buy your first home in Auckland

No, this title is not the first half of a Tui billboard campaign!  While it may seem unbelievable, the housing market in Auckland is showing more promise for first home buyers. It isn’t the impossible doom and gloom situation that the media are painting it as. Times are changing and buying your first home could be more in reach than you initially thought. Intrigued now? Then read on to find out more about why we believe now is a great time to purchase your first home in Auckland......

March 1, 2019

Wanting To Buy Your First Home? Take Control Of Your Finances!

Buying your first home is an exciting and rewarding experience, but getting there can be hard. First home deposits are nearing or exceeding $100k in main centres. That is making it a considerable challenge for people to get onto the property ladder.  So, what can you do about it? Should you give up and resign yourself to the thought of renting forevermore? Put simply... no! You shouldn't give up. Just because it is harder to get onto that first rung of the property ladder does not mean that...

February 1, 2019

Start the year right! Essential financial health checks you can do right now

There is something about the beginning of the year. It arrives full of promise and opportunities. It’s a brand new start. A chance to do things better, faster, cheaper, or more efficiently than the year before. We are willing to bet that you have set some big juicy goals that you want to achieve this year. After all, the world is your oyster! But, those goals are not going to become a reality unless you are prepared. Your finances need to align with your goals for them to have any chance at su...

January 4, 2019

6 reasons why Auckland is the best place to call home

The fact is this: Auckland is one of the most unaffordable cities in the world to buy a house. Sometimes you just have to rip the bandaid off and say it. More often than not financial sacrifices are made along the way such as delaying that trip of a lifetime to Europe to pay down the mortgage instead! Sometimes it’s nice to remind ourselves why we choose to live where we do. Here are 6 reasons why owning that Auckland house is so worth it (we’re only a little smug about it...!)...

December 4, 2018

5 Reasons You Should Talk to a Mortgage Broker First

As a motivated mortgage advisor I always have their finger on the pulse for the best offers for your unique personal circumstances. There are so many different banks and lenders all offering different options and the research can be exhausting and overwhelming it it's unfamiliar territory for you. More so if you are on a tight timeframe or have special circumstances (like you are self employed). Want to to properly assess the ever changing variety of home loan deals available to you? I'll s...

November 2, 2018

Methamphetamine – Do You Need to Test?

In New Zealand methamphetamine is commonly known as ‘P’, ‘meth’, and ‘ice’. It is a strong and highly addictive class A drug.  Methamphetamine is either brought into New Zealand illegally or manufactured locally in makeshift clandestine laboratories or meth labs. Often meth labs can be found in residential homes, commercial properties and have even been found within vehicles and holiday accommodation.   A dwelling can become contaminated with methamphetamine residue if the ...

October 31, 2018

4 Tips for Effectively Managing Money in a Relationship

Managing money is not exactly the most exciting part of a relationship, but it is very important nonetheless. Budgets, bills, expenses… it is easy for these things to become burdensome and awkward in a relationship if you aren’t both on the same page. This is especially the case if you are making a big financial commitment like purchasing your first home or extending your mortgage for a renovation. Financial problems have long been one of the most common causes of failed relationships, ...

October 2, 2018

Hot Tips for First Home Buyers (How Minimalism May Help You)

With banks looking even more closely at your personal spending before they approve your mortgage, my HOT TIP this month is to find ways to reduce your spending....

September 3, 2018

How to buy a house in New Zealand

It’s the kiwi dream - to own your slice of paradise - your home or castle. Whether you are born and bred here or new to this magnificent country*, we’ve compiled a sweet little overview to make it easy for you to get your head around how buying a home in New Zealand works. Buying in New Zealand can be a quick process, taking as little as three or four weeks to go from finding a house you want to owning it. Once your offer has been accepted and the contract is signed, any other offers th...

August 4, 2018

Is More Money the Ultimate Key to Happiness?

I’m a money man. I like to earn it, I like to help you save it and reach your financial goals. I see first hand the way money is the tool that allows dreams to come true and “make people happy”. But is more money what you need? Or is there more to the story… Here are 4 keys to happiness that don’t break the bank - and may in fact reduce stress and anxiety in your life!...

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