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Rob Collins gives his observations as a property finance expert returning to the New Zealand market after 15 years in the UK. I have been in the property finance sector for 25 years and for the last 15 years have been operating as an advisor in the UK market. Having recently returned to NZ I…


The Financial Advice regulations are changing – find out what this means for you.

From 15th March 2021 the way we provide advice, and what information we need to disclose to you is changing. The Financial Services Legislation Amendment Act 2019 introduces a range of new duties that will apply to those who give regulated financial advice. This requires a person who gives regulated financial advice to make specified…


Covid-19 Home Loan Assistance

How the banks can help Here’s how the banks are helping those financially effected by loss of income during the Covid-19 pandemic Talk to your mortgage adviser before you get in touch with your bank to get better clarity and to better prepare yourself. Think about your cash flow budget for the months ahead and…


Covid-19, Financial hardship and how to survive

Financial Hardship – Home Loan Options (Updated 29th March) With the Covid-19 Pandemic, many people are experiencing difficult times and uncertainty. This can include concerns around job security and accordingly the ability to continue to meet your home loan repayments during this time. The following is meant as a general guide as to your home loan options.…


Investing in central city apartments

A guest post from Impression Real Estate It’s a great time to own property in Auckland. It might not seem that way when prices are flat, but that’s only because we’ve been spoiled over the 2010 to 2016 period – it’s been an incredible run. From our point of view, after five storming years we’re…


Time for a financial spring clean?

Spring is the time we take advantage of the improving weather, longer daylight hours and often even our better mood to get our homes in order.  It is also a great time to have a financial spring clean. When was the last time you took a look at your Insurance? Mortgage? Credit cards Bank accounts?…


Will the banks use next week’s Official Cash Rate “OCR” review as a chance to prepare for the likelihood of proposed RBNZ’s bank capital changes being implemented?

Top of mind for any bank management team at the moment will be the Reserve Bank of New Zealand’s proposal to increase the amount of capital New Zealand banks must hold and the impact this could have on the bank performance and shareholder. The focus on balance sheet management, cost of capital and margin protection is becoming…

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Making sure all your bases are covered

The start of the year always feels like a struggle to get going. We have a decent summer break through Christmas & New Years and then a sprinkling of public holidays through January and February which keeps us in holiday mode. Now that we’re all getting our focus back, it’s really a great time to…


Changes in the housing market – good for first home buyers

The new Government is in the process of implementing restrictions which may help take some of the heat out of Auckland’s housing market. Policies such as the introduction of restrictions on offshore buying and a reduction in immigration numbers should help reduce some of the rampant demand for houses. But while these policies will help…


Is buying an investment property still a good option?

There is currently a shortage of rentals available in the market, so the demand for rental property is certainly there. However prospective landlords need to be aware of increasing costs of compliance as the new government looks to implement a warrant of fitness programme for rentals. The brightline test to remove property speculators from the…


Death to the mortgage!

Will fortnightly loan payments help pay off my loan faster? This is a question many of Eightfold’s customers have – is it a myth or urban legend; or can this simple change really impact on the cost of your mortgage? The answer quite simply is Yes! But to understand why, you need to understand how…


Interest rates are on the way up – how long should I fix my mortgage for?

People often ask us what is the best term to fix their lending for.  A question even more common with interest rates looking to be on the rise, or at least unlikely to go any lower. The answer is very dependent on your circumstances.  Recent interest rate increases have been driven largely off the banks…


What is causing the slowing housing market?

There has been a lot of publicity lately about the slowing housing market, particularly in Auckland. Commentators generally credit the introduction of the of the Reserve Bank’s investment property LVR rules in October 2016 as the main reason. While there is no doubt that this has had a major impact there has also been a…


New Year Financial Health Check

A new year sets us off with good intentions of doing better this year. We’ll eat less, exercise more, we’ll get on top of our finances. While we’re not much help when it comes to the diet and exercise, we can help you get on top of what is normally your biggest financial commitment –…


Buying your first home

There has been a lot of media attention recently about how difficult it is to buy your first home in Auckland. This is of course absolutely correct. The biggest barrier to a lot of people is the deposit. Banks have restrictions on how many people they can lend to with less than 20% deposit. This…


What’s your greatest asset?

This is a question I ask many of my clients and somewhat unsurprisingly (especially in the Auckland market) the most common response is “my house”. I sometimes hear “my business” from the self-employed and also the occasional boat or car gets thrown into the mix as well. Whilst it’s only human nature to think of…

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