KiwiSaver Helping First Home Buyers into Market

KiwiSaver Helping First Home Buyers into Market

The benefits of KiwiSaver are quickly becoming clear for first-home buyers who are tapping into their savings to help with a deposit. Recent calculations indicate only a small difference in the cost of servicing an average mortgage to that of paying the average rent price in New Zealand. In … [Read more...]

Buying a Home: New vs Old Property

Buying a Home: New vs Old Property

There’s no one right answer when it comes to choosing a home that suits your needs. Buying a home which needs work may save you some money at the purchase point, but it could end up costing you money in the long run. However, these homes generally overflow with character, making them the … [Read more...]

Mortgage Express aiding First Home Goals

Mortgage Express aiding First Home Goals

When Jacinta Mortimer and her partner Jarrad Johl made the decision to purchase their first home, the pair initially made an appointment with their bank. However, going through the process, the couple decided to enlist the help of a mortgage adviser, and got in touch with Peter Lewis from … [Read more...]

Marlborough Property in Reach for First-Home Buyers

Marlborough Property in Reach for First-Home Buyers

Marlborough has this month been compared to Auckland when it comes to the apparent unaffordability of housing, particularly for first-home buyers. According to the report, released in March 2017 by ratings agency Moody’s Investors Service, Marlborough and Nelson are the only areas other than … [Read more...]

Build or Buy?

Build or Buy?

If you’ve been saving hard for a deposit on your first house, or to upgrade your existing home - one of the first considerations is whether to build or buy. For some people it will be a very cut and dried decision. Buying is often less expensive and certainly not as time consuming, but there’s … [Read more...]

Auctions with Harcourts Marlborough

Auctions with Harcourts Marlborough

This week, we chat with our in-house auctioneers Jim Cooke and Bryan Palmer who shed some light on the difference between auctions and a traditional listing, and how they work with sellers and buyers so everyone wins. Jim, who got his auctioneering license in 1979, has been part of the Harcourts … [Read more...]

Money Management Tips To Get Your First Home Faster

Money Management Tips To Get Your First Home Faster

Saving is hard. Even the most resolute savers get lured by the bright, shiny lights of instant gratification, that buzz you get from buying a new outfit, the latest smart phone or booking that spontaneous weekend away. Saving is not easy. Everywhere you go, there’s advertising and clever … [Read more...]

Rising Number Of Aucklanders Eyeing Up Marlborough

Rising Number Of Aucklanders Eyeing Up Marlborough

Marlborough is increasingly being seen as an attractive proposition for Aucklanders cashing out and looking for a change of lifestyle, according to data from a property website. Website traffic data from realestate.co.nz shows a dramatic increase in the number of Aucklanders searching for … [Read more...]

First Home Buyers – Everything You Need To Know about Kiwisaver

First Home Buyers – Everything You Need To Know about Kiwisaver

You’ve probably heard about the recent changes to Kiwisaver, aimed at helping more first-home buyers purchase their first homes. But how has it changed, and what does it mean for you?  This week we get the low down from our in-house mortgage and insurance adviser Peter Lewis, who tells us how … [Read more...]