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Get the latest news and tips about mortgage finance and the property market. Scott Miller, mortgage broker from Advanced Mortgage Solutions comments on housing and lending.

Christchurch Mortgage Brokers - November's Property Gazette

Published by Scott Miller on Tuesday, November 06, 2012 in

 

Current Interest Rates as at 05 November 2012

Variable               5.60%  
6 Month Fixed      4.95%
1 Year Fixed        4.95%
2 Year Fixed        5.15%
3 Year Fixed        5.60%
4 Year Fixed        5.99%
5 Year Fixed        5.99%
 

Interest Rate Outlook

The growth we enjoyed in the first half of 2012 has slowed somewhat with most economists predicting a slower second half to the year. The positive spin off to this is that inflation is being held low which should result in a stable interest rate outlook for the next 12 months.
 
While it is stable we certainly do not expect any easing of rates although we did notice that across the ditch they felt compelled to drop their rates slightly. The predicated down-turn in Australian looks like it is finally landing.
The slow-down of the Australian economy, together with the unstable environment in Europe should see us return to positive migration numbers in 2013 which will help push the New Zealand economy in the right direction.
 
Additionally, the rural sector looks to be in for another strong year with many international growing markets facing difficult conditions which will see demand for our produce and dairy provide healthy returns to farmers which will flow through the entire NZ economy.
The housing market continues to suffer from contrasting forces, on-going low interest rates and a lack of quality stock sees prices continue to rise and days to sell shorten, however a genuine lack of stock in the hot Auckland and Christchurch markets is really holding the market back.
 
With the recent merge of NBNZ into the ANZ competition for your mortgage amongst the banks continues to heat up. There are all sorts of weird and wonderful deals being thrown at consumers from Galaxy tablets to cold hard cash and we are seeing interest rates at sub 5% levels for the right clients.
 
We still see the sweet spot in the interest rate cycle as the 2 year point, although for the more conservative clients they seem happy to pay mid 5% and lock it in for a bit longer. Our advice is to talk to us as everyone’s circumstances are different and you really need to make your decision based on your own situation.
 

What’s Hot

When a bank loses a client they call it “churn”, when they gain one from another bank they call it “refinance”, the gloves are off and we are seeing some amazing price deals both interest rate wise and in contribution to costs, call us with your client’s needs we are securing great deals!
 

Deal of the Month

In some instances registered valuations are required, in others they are not, this can actually be the difference between being able to do a deal and not, last month we saved a house purchase for all by financing it with no valuation - Call us we deliver!

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