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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.

Mortgage Brokers Christchurch - Property Gazette - April

Published by Scott Miller on Thursday, April 04, 2013 in

 

 

The fantastic summer weather we have been enjoying appears to be continuing into autumn. House prices continue to increase and time to sell a property continues to decrease. As far as I can tell there is no slowing in this process and it seems to be set to continue for some time yet.

On a personal note I am competing in the 101km, 2013 edition of the Graperide up in Blenheim this weekend with a couple of friends. Something I am looking forward to, let's hope the weather stays fine.

As you will read below, it has never been a better time to fix your mortgage. Please contact me NOW to see what I can secure for you.

So on with what’s happened this month.               
                   

           Current Interest  Rates as at 2 April 2013 

                     Variable                     5.55%  

                     6 Month Fixed            5.10%

                     1 Year Fixed              4.95%

                     2 Year Fixed              5.30%

                     3 Year Fixed              5.49%

                     5 Year Fixed              5.65%

Interest Rate Outlook

A rift is brewing in the mind of Reserve Bank Governor, Graeme Wheeler. On one hand, he is keen to see the overall economic growth we are enjoying continue; on the other, he is rightly concerned by the highest level of house price inflation since 2007. Because of this, he is investigating rarely-seen alternatives to lifting interest rates, to try and stem spiralling house prices (particularly in Auckland and Christchurch).

He doesn't have many options, but two being considered are: increasing the size of the deposit needed to buy a house from 5% to 10, 15 or even 20%; or forcing New Zealand banks to hold a higher level of funds on deposit for every dollar they lend out.

A move to increase the required deposit for a house purchase would surely slow the property market down, but could be political suicide, as you’d expect a nasty backlash from consumers, especially first home buyers. The easier option may be to force banks to hold a greater level of capital in reserve, which would push interest rates up: lenders would be forced to attract more people to saving through term deposits, for example, and this could increase the amount of money available to lend, as all lenders would be doing the same. Additionally, it wouldn’t impact interest rates in other areas of the economy or the exchange rate. This may be a less risky political move for the Reserve Bank to make, although it would come under a lot of pressure from the big banks to not do so. It may come down to a case of who the government is less scared of: the voting public or the big banks.

Interest rates remain at record lows, with fluctuation occurring as different banks offer different “specials” in an attempt to grab some market share. The current “hot” one-year rates available (we regularly see these under 5% once discounted) have a lot of appeal, but consideration should also be given to the lowest ever long-term rates on offer, with three- to five-year rates sitting in the mid- to high-5% range. These provide excellent stability at affordable rates, and will look very attractive in two years’ time.  
         
What’s Hot

Get a free check on what you are paying for house, contents and car insurance. We now have access to leading New Zealand insurer, Tower Insurance, and can provide an obligation-free quote on your client’s general insurance needs, potentially saving them hundreds. Refer your clients now!
 
Deal of the Month

We recently came across some investors who were happily set up with their bank, quite oblivious to the fact that their investment debt was on a principal and interest payment structure while they still had personal debt. Their investment debt should have been interest-only, in order to maximise the tax benefits, and so we restructured it and have saved them thousands in tax. Call us - we deliver!

Property Gazette - March

Published by Scott Miller on Monday, March 12, 2012 in

 
Current Interest Rates as at 1 March 2012

Variable                   5.60%  

6 Month Fixed          5.40%
1 Year Fixed            5.45%
2 Year Fixed            5.49%
3 Year Fixed            5.85%
5 Year Fixed            6.65%
 
Interest Rate Outlook
 
As mortgage interest rates remain low they continue to provide fuel to the property
market. January house sales volumes lifted for the third successive month, with strong sale prices offset by an on-going lack of available houses on the market. This shortage is continuing to drive prices up.

Tempering the growth is the unstable employment market and continuing desire of households to pay down debt. These factors together with the uncertainty created by overseas economies will help damper a major boom in the property market, however overall it is predicted house price will continue to increase albeit at a slower steady rate. The possible exception to this is Christchurch where house and rent prices are rapidly increasing.


While the Reserve Bank do acknowledge that the property market is showing healthy signs of recovery they still have their focus centred on the European debt crisis, and all the noise coming from the Reserve Bank indicates that any interest rate movements to our OCR will not occur until the back half of this year. There are however some extremely low fixed interest rates available now that cannot be ignored. I believe for some people now is a great time to look at options – please read on for more information.


Mortgage rates eased further last month especially in the longer term 3 – 5 year fixed rates. Although this has made it cheaper to fix for 3, 4 and 5 year terms, these rates are still relatively slightly higher than the current shorter term rates. Similar to last month there is very little difference between floating rates and 1 – 2 year fixed rates - as such we still believe that the best options currently in the market are to either float, look to fix for 2 years or take a combination of both, splitting your debt.


Please contact me for a free assessment of weather these low interest rates are something that would help lower your mortgage costs in the short and long term – there are some real savings to be made at the moment.

 
What’s Hot

Free Money – get it now! The banks are currently running some crazy incentives with some giving away as much as $1,000.00 as an enticement for clients to take their mortgage with them. You will be surprised by the attractiveness of what we can get for you - Refer your clients now!

 

Deal of the Month

Last month’s client was a NZ citizen working as a “Miner” in Australia. He was trying to buy a home to live in and was using some equity in an existing block of land. After being frustrated through other sources he found his way to us and we got him sorted - call us we deliver!

Property Gazette - December

Published by Scott Miller on Tuesday, December 06, 2011 in

                        Welcome to December's edition of AMS's Property Gazette.

Well here we are at the end of another year, and what a year it has been. Earthquakes, mine explosions, rowing world champs, rugby world cup, shipwrecks, and a general election make up an extreme year of highs and lows.

On a personal note I would like to say thank you to all those who have helped and supported the Canterbury earthquake appeals, without your help many of us Cantabrians would be in a far worse position than we find ourselves.

On a brighter note New Zealand finds itself in the middle of a mini pricing war between the mainstream lenders which is bringing all sorts of goodies for us consumers – please feel free to contact me to find out how you can benefit.

So onto the economic news in New Zealand and around the world.

Current Interest Rates as at 5 December 2011

Variable                5.60%

6 Month Fixed        5.59%

1 Year Fixed           5.55%

2 Year Fixed           5.65%

3 Year Fixed           5.95%

5 Year Fixed           6.95%

 

Interest Rate Outlook

Don’t turn on the news if you want any light relief – even though we got through the election rather painlessly we are still subjected to painful scenes every night. Most of which come from overseas and it is not uncommon to see 3 or more clips of rioting or fighting amongst citizens of the same country.

The financial stress that the world economy is under adds fuel to simmering tensions that run through many countries and right now every day it appears that Europe gets worse, as economic instability spreads from Greece, though Italy, France and even on to the previous impregnable Germany. It is at times like this that the tyranny of distance can be our friend, although while we are removed from the violence we see, we are not removed from the economic pressure the bad debt crisis in Europe is generating.

Fortunately for us all, this pressure has currently resulted in an easing of long term fixed rates and for the first time in some months we saw a reduction of interest rates in the 2 & 3 year fixed periods. How long this will last or whether it will continue is too difficult to know, however it now sees Variable and Fixed Interest rates closer than they have been for some time.

As such, the question that is now common, is should I fix my rates now? There is no right or wrong answer to this question although with 2 year fixed rates now matching variable there is no longer a dollar cost in buying some stability. It is just some flexibility that clients will forgo by locking in now.

The question of will interest rates go even lower is also a hard one to answer, while we are at historic low rates there is no guarantee that if the above European issues worsen that we will not see further interest rate cuts across the world. Given there is so much uncertainty perhaps the best strategy could be splitting your loan into part variable and part fixed at a mid-term rate.    

What’s Hot

It is the season to be silly and the banks are obliging with some crazy deals in the market right now. We are seeing big interest rate discounts off already sharp rates and legal fee contributions exceeding $1,000.00 regularly, talk to us, you will be surprised what we can get from your bank.

Deal of the Month


We’ve seen it before, clients with a history of excellent credit and all of a sudden an event occurs in their life, it may the death of a loved one or business venture failed, all of a sudden their credit is shot – last month we helped a client in this position to secure a home - call us we deliver!

Property Gazette - November

Published by Scott Miller on Thursday, November 03, 2011 in

 

  Welcome to November's edition of AMS's Property Gazette.

So the Rugby World Cup has been won by the All Blacks! Congratulations New Zealand and congratulations the All Blacks, what a wonderful display you put on for us. I don’t know about you but that was one of the most nerve raking games I have ever watched. However a 1 point win is as good as a 20 point win once the final whistle is blown.

It has been widely reported that New Zealand put on a fantastic show and that once again we have been pushed into the world’s spotlight. I believe the benefits of hosting the Rugby World Cup will filter through to our economy for many years to come.

So onto the economic news in New Zealand and around the world.



Current Interest Rates as at 1 November 2011
 
Variable                 5.60%  
6 Month Fixed        5.59%
1 Year Fixed           5.59%
2 Year Fixed           5.89%
3 Year Fixed           6.45%
5 Year Fixed           7.25%
 
Interest Rate Outlook

The world, in economic terms has been doing it tuff now for several years. To once again see more prosperous times, it’s going to take the sum of many moving parts working together to make a difference. There are still those variables we cannot control, (think Referees here) such as the state of the European & American economies, which unfortunately our banks still have to approach for their off-shore funding. We will always be susceptible to their financial stability but more and more New Zealand lenders are trying to limit the amount they need to borrow from offshore, (similar to taking the referees decisions out of the game).

Internally, our economic engine continues to be our rural sector and while commodity prices have come back somewhat the market is still strong. The rural surge is timed nicely with the historically low interest rates allowing farmers to reduce debt, freeing up some internal bank capital. Our beautiful country is also set for a tourism boom on the back of what the world has just seen and this should assist the retail sector continue their strong year on the back of RWC.

So there appears to be money flowing in our economy, we just need to ensure this is best utilised, not unlike the farmers, reduction of debt should possibly be many individual’s focus.

Sustained low interest rates are also helping the housing sector as we see the average days to sell houses continue to drop and many examples of multiple offers being placed properties, a momentum we believe will carry through the traditionally buoyant summer months.  

As for a current borrowing strategy, variable rates look set to remain at current levels through until mid-2012, accordingly, the floating rate looks the best option right now, although 1 year & 18 month rates are practically the same and provide some nice stability of payment. For those prepared to pay a small margin of 0.25% - 0.50% you can now lock in for 2 years.
 
What’s Hot

The annual Spring race for asset growth is on seeing the banks all coming out with some weird & wonderful incentives to convince consumers that they are the best option. The most innovative being a replica RWC if you take a mortgage (and yes we have access).
 
Deal of the Month

Equity solves most problems for banks, last month we funded a lady into a house whereby she had only been in her start up business for 4 months, however with 50% deposit we were able to structure the deal by putting 1 years payments aside and securing the house - call us we deliver!

Advanced Mortgage Solutions - Property Gazette - June

Published by Scott Miller on Friday, June 03, 2011 in

    

Please find June's Property Gazette below. As always I have made comment on relevant market and policy informtion to help you keep up to date. I appreciate the monthly feed back and questions that arise from each newsletter and I'm sure this will be no different.

I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome all those clients who have joined the AMS team from Carolyn Dreaver's ODL Mortgages. Carolyn has decided to leave the mortgage industry and we wish her all the best of luck with her future business ventures.
 

Current Interest Rates as at 1 June 2011  

 

Variable              5.40%
6 Month Fixed         5.59%
1 Year Fixed          5.55%
2 Year Fixed          6.20%
3 Year Fixed          6.70%
4 Year fixed          7.30%
5 Year Fixed          7.45%

 
Interest Rate Outlook

You can be excused for missing the release of the biggest ‘no news’ budget in recent history, it just sort of came and went with very little fanfare and the underlying message continued that we have to keep our spending to a minimum both as consumers and from a government perspective with all focus rightly looking forward to the rebuild of Christchurch.

A tight budget means that fiscal policy will keep growth in check for the year ahead which will take some pressure off the Reserve Bank in terms of how high they would need to push interest rates, which is of course a good thing.

House sales figures continued to lift through April & May from their late 2010 trough however still remain around a third below historical averages. Encouragingly though building consents are on the rise with a new motivation arising to ‘get it done now’ before construction sector shortages emerge across the country use to the Christchurch rebuild. This increased activity together with a second successive yearly record payout on the dairy sector should start to give the economy a nice little boost, the reality is farmers will have to start spending or be faced with a sizeable tax bill & we all know how much cockies like paying tax!

All of the above is leading to a pretty positive outlook with confidence quite high in business and investment sectors, this if course leads us to our current recommended borrowing strategy.

With more than 2% variance between long term fixed rates of 5 years it is difficult to see value in longer term rates. However, we have no doubt that we will see rate increases in the last quarter of this year and as such feel that the shorter term fixed rates probably offer the best value as there is little differential between variable and 1 year or 18 month fixed rates. For those a little more risk adverse we suggest the 2 year rate still offers good value @ less than 1% above current variable rates, as long as you realise you pay a small premium now to buy some security.        
 
What’s Hot

Competition really is a beautiful thing and now the Banks credit appetite has returned they are returning to their old tricks of sweetheart deals on interest rates and professional fee contributions. We are seeing some very sharp pricing now as the banks compete for our clients.
 
Deal of the Month

Last month we funded a gentleman into his first home, he had enquired about using Kiwi Saver as deposit on his home and was very pleasantly surprised to learn that not only could he use his contributions but his employers and qualify for a government subsidy, totalling $20,000.00 he could put toward his first home making it all achievable - Call us we deliver!

AMS Property Gazette - February

Published by Scott Miller on Thursday, February 10, 2011 in


 

Please find my new look Property Gazette below. As always I have tried to deliver only the relevant market and policy information to help you keep up to date. I appreciate the monthly feed back and questions that arise from each newsletter and I'm sure this will be no different.

 

Interest Rate Outlook

Current Interest Rates

Rates offered are the best of standard, carded interest rates available and do not reflect any discounts your Advisor may be able to obtain for your client. Rates correct as at 01/2/11.

Variable            6.10%

6 Month Fixed   6.10%

1 Year Fixed      6.19%

2 Year Fixed      6.45%

3 Year Fixed      6.85%

5 Year Fixed      7.50%

 

Captain, we need more power! The New Zealand economy is currently like an overloaded Jet Plane trying to take off, we have a full load and our momentum is pushing us down the runway slowly gathering speed but we just need to lighten the load slightly by releasing some of the burdening economic constraints holding us down or consumers need to start spending more to give us the extra power to take off!

 

You can feel that it will not take much of a push to get us off the ground but where exactly will this push come from? While housing still remains subdued it is showing signs of recovering with activity continuing right up to Christmas in 2010 and we get the feel the traditional slow Kiwi start to the year has not been as sluggish as historically, the question is how long will the momentum take and will it be strong enough to lift us off the ground (where we have been for some time now)....

 

From Advanced Mortgage Solutions view point, the reality is that New Zealand & globally we have had to go through a sustained period of balance sheet recovery as consumers 'pull their heads in' and readjust to actually living within their means as opposed to the debt fuelled, false economic growth through the first 8 years of this century. This readjustment has been good for us and New Zealand has stood up to the readjustment better than most. The basket case economies of the US & Europe with particular disasters in Ireland, Spain & Portugal have not eventuated here & as subdued as we have been we are very lucky to have actually not sunken to the terrible lows felt across the aforementioned countries.

 

The back half of 2011 will be strong for us as the influx of money spent through the economy from RWC & Earthquake recovery starts to lubricate the pistons of our plane faster, perhaps lifting us off the runway! In terms of a borrowing strategy in these sluggish times we still suggest that with an expected increase in interest rates in the back half of 2011 we favour looking at the well priced 1-2 year fixed option as giving better value than a floating rate (which is sure to rise by 0.50-1% through this year).

 

The difference between floating and 1 year fixed is only 0.25% and to 2 years fixed 0.45%, as such the basic maths suggests that either of these rates offers better value than the floating rate which we believe will be sitting at around 6.95% by the year's end. However fixing past 2 years doesn't make a lot of sense as the 3 year plus rates start @ 7.10% & increase out to 7.70% long term with the price difference making them too expensive, unless of course you want to guarantee certainty for the a sustained period in which case you have to be prepared to pay a premium.

 

What's Hot

Some of the banks! The Christmas break has been kind to some of the grumpy old men who sit in senior credit positions within our banks and we are seeing a continuing trend of slowly but surely banks starting to release the shackles credit wise. This is the lubrication our economy needs and we are now getting clients set that we couldn't 12 months ago. Help your clients, refer them to us for advice.

 

Deal of the Month

With January traditionally being our slowest month of the year we didn't have anything spectacularly unusual jump out of the box but we do continue to help numerous clients finance themselves into properties with as little as 5% deposit from genuine savings. - Call us we deliver!

 

 

The AMS Property Gazette - November

Published by Scott Miller on Sunday, November 14, 2010 in


       Another busy month has gone by and we are only a month and a half away from entering a new year. October saw interest rates remain unchanged by the Reserve Bank Official Cash rate announcement in the last week of the month. This was widely tipped to happen so no real surprises there. We did however get a bit of a surprise in the unemployment figures which dropped by .5%. This is a good result and has been accompanied by many of green arrow stories, with the one acceptation being the Kiwi fruit PSA canker disease.

New Zealand lenders have continued to relax their lending criteria’s around owner occupied purchases. This is great news for first home buyers or people looking to upgrade or down size their existing homes. What is a little disappointing is these improvements have not flowed through to their rental and property investment policies yet, with most lenders still wanting a 20% deposit for standalone rental property purchasers. This of course can be circumvented by using your own home as security bringing the required deposit down to 10%.

Interest Rate Outlook

I believe there is now a light at the end of the tunnel and I’m pretty sure it is not an oncoming train. While economic conditions currently remain subdued, there is a lot that points toward a strong recovery in 2011.

While we are in a period of reasonably flat growth at the moment, many of the important variables required to stimulate market activity are lining up. Firstly, interest rate have stabilised and is giving the market some confidence, for the first time in over two years we are now seeing banks loosen their lending criteria and return with an appetite to lend new money.

With money well priced and the banks keen to again lend I can see that 2011 will provide the right environment for further recovery as the property market looks to rebound from the depressed period of the past two years. Overall households h
ave focussed on clearing debt during this period and many will see the above conditions as ideal to release some of their frustration and take advantage of their improved overall position to move back into property investment, particularly as lenders relax their lending criteria around investment property.

The Reserve Bank has given every indication that interest rates will be held at their current low levels for the immediate future and I do not expect to see any increases in the OCR until March or April 2011. Given current rates have stabilised, it makes choosing the best interest rate option a little more tricky, variable rates are stable and the difference between variable and mid -term fixed rates such as 2 years are around 0.45% with variable rates the cheaper. This makes it a 50/50 call on what decisions is best to take, with people often finding the answer by aligning their personal circumstances with the best interest rate structure available.

The AMS Property Gazette - October

Published by Scott Miller on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 in

 

 September was quite a month.

Christchurch was hit by a magnitude 7.1earthquake, Southland had the worst snow storms for decades, Wellington witnessed a head-on train crash, and the scariest thing of all.... I had my 42nd birthday. But despite these life changing events there was not a single loss of life, and in fact, it appears something good will come out of all of these events. Along with an already busy month there have been significant changes to New Zealand's lending landscape.

After a long absence it looks as though the old 'bank wars' are back. Over the last month we have seen a number of 'spring' promotions which have resulted in seeing lenders relaxing their existing lending policies and we now have the real possibility of receiving huge contributions to legals when purchasing a property.

Owner Occupied Property

New Zealand lenders are now looking at property  being purchase for home ownership (owner occupied property) to need as little as a 10% deposit (up to 90% loan to value ratio), allowing first time buyers and people looking to upgrade their existing homes an opportunity to place as little as 10% of the purchase price as a deposit. Lenders policy at this level of LVR is still a little more stringent, but when you think that as little as 10 months ago there was only 2 lenders seriously looking at 90% deals (and on a case by case basis) you can see how much change their has been in lenders thinking.

Rental Property

There has also been some relaxing around purchasing rental property. With one lender in New Zealand they will now look at lending up to 90% on standalone rental purchases - Please contact Advanced Mortgage Solutions here to find out more. This is just one example of improved lending criteria. Almost all lenders have shown improvements in their appetite for rental purchases with many now looking at 80%+ LVR's on a case by case basis.


Contributions to legals

To add more good news to the story all the mainstream lenders are now offering contributions to legal costs for people looking to purchase property up to $1,000.00, and in Christchurch as a sign of good faith this is increased to $1,500.00, to help cover structural engineering costs. In all my time as a Mortgage Broker I have never seen so many incentives given in order to attract customers.

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As always I am here to workshop deals with you. If you are looking to purchase a house for yourself or looking to purchase a rental property I firmly believe now is a very good time to buy. House prices are low and it appears we are at the bottom of another property cycle, this coupled with low interest rates and a bank war provides the perfect time to purchase property. Please also let me know if you have a home loan coming up for renewal so I can contact the bank and organise a range of discounted rates for you to choose from.



Kind regards

Scott Miller

P.s Find a number of short video's to help with better understanding bank policies, what interest rates are doing and a brief look into some of the different strategies available when looking to invest. Please click on the link below to have a look.

Where is the OCR and Business lending heading?

Published by Scott Miller on Friday, September 24, 2010 in

 


   Dr Bollards announcement of the official cash rate (OCR) on 16th September came as no surprise. It had been well mooted coming up to the announcement that the OCR would remain unchanged at 3%. What did come as more of a surprise was the tone of his message around where he saw the OCR’s movements in the near future. Some could argue that he had made a complete U-turn on earlier comments he had made. It was only at the July (29th) OCR announcement that it was indicated for the foreseeable future the OCR would rise .25% every 3 out of 4 announcements until the OCR reached a level of around 5.75% - 6.25% where it would stop for a period of time before slowly dropping away again. Now it appears the OCR will not rise again this year (with two announcements left this year: 28th October & 9 December), and will only slowly rise throughout next year stopping at a high point of around 4.5% - 4.75% in the middle of 2012. The reasons given for this change in forecasting was mainly put down to two things 1) A slower than expected improvement in the world’s economy. 2) A slower underlying improvement of the New Zealand export lead recovery.

 

Business finance has been on the improve for almost a year now. By the end of 2009 we started to see the taps slowly turned on after 18 months of them being firmly shut off. The momentum started with increases in overdrafts and acceptances of top-ups, and then gained further ground with residential purchases off full financials, and has now come almost full circle with finance being found to purchase of existing businesses or to start capital up new ventures. Levels of ‘easy’ money are some way off the crazy days of 2007 and early 2008, but in the same breath are far removed from the dark days of late 2008 and 2009. Now if a deal stacks up it has a good chance of being approved whereas 18 months ago it could have been the deal of the century and declined before it was even looked at.

The AMS Property Gazette - September

Published by Scott Miller on Tuesday, September 14, 2010 in


  In this month's edition of the AMS Gazette I would like to begin by saying thank you to all the support and well wishes I have received since the earthquake on 4th September. It was a shock to we woken up at 4.30 in the morning to what sounded like a Boeing 747 landing in my driveway while being shaken so hard I thought my fillings would fall out. Thankfully my wife Barbora who is employed by Air New Zealand was working out of Rotorua and missed the original earthquake. Maddison however, our four year old Fox Terrier has not stopped shaking and is ready pack her bags and move to another city.
As the earthquake has mainly affected the Canterbury region I am going to cover some of the things Cantabrians should consider doing in regards to their mortgages and home loans.

So what to do next if you live in Canterbury.

Many of you will have already done the right thing and contacted the EQC to lodge a claim. Don't worry if you have not already done this as the EQC have come out and said you have 3 months from the 4th September to contact them. Just remember that once you have made your claim you cannot add further damage at a later date. So make sure you have a good look around your properties, so when the assessor arrives to look around your properties you can show him/her all the earthquake damage.

Mortgage Holidays - If you feel you need a mortgage holiday contact me and I will help with organising it. I have heard directly from all the major lenders and am fully briefed on how to make an application.

NB - You do not have to have lost your job or have extensive damage to your family home to get a Mortgage Repayment Holiday, if you want one you can have one. Each lender has slight differences in the processes of applying for a repayment holiday. There are also slight differences in the available structures you can use depending on which lender you have your mortgage with. Some for example will allow your mortgages maturity date to be moved out so when you return to paying your mortgage there is no change to amount you pay, other lenders unfortunately do not have this option. Please contact Advanced Mortgage Solutions here to get assistance with your application. Alternatively feel free to call me on 980 4541.

Please be aware these facilities are only available for people who live or have property in Canterbury - outside of this region it is (as far as the banks concerned) business as usual.

News Outside of Canterbury

Interest Rates - This Thursday's Official Cash Rate announcement is expected to see interest rates remain unchanged. With recent world events, namely the speed, or the lack of speed in which the world is recovering from the recession, it is believed interest rates will not go up again this year. There is in fact a good chance of medium to long term interest rates to fall slightly - Watch this space.

House Prices - House prices around New Zealand appear to have come down a little over the last month or so. The number of houses for sale are lower than anticipated for this time of year, with commentators arguing that many people are now holding off to take advantage of the 2011 Rugby World Cup. This is a hard one to call - personally I think if we have a long warm summer we could see house prices recover and feed nicely into the World Cup frenzy. Like with interest rates above time will tell.

As I sign off I would like to wish all of those affected by last week’s earthquake the best of health and wellbeing - if I can be of any assistance please feel free to contact me.


Kind regards

Scott Miller

P.s Find a number of short video's to help with better understanding bank policies, what interest rates are doing and a brief look into some of the different strategies available when looking to invest. Please click on the link below to have a look.



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