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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 Holiday packages and updated Insurance information

Published by Scott Miller on Friday, November 18, 2016 in

Updates to House Insurance and Mortgage Holidays in the South Island and lower North Island.

 

      Mortgages:

Lenders have now come forward with their assistant packages for those caught up in the recent earthquake events in and around the lower North Island and Upper South Island.

These assistance packages include mortgage holidays, which allows exiting clients to put a temporary hold on their mortgage repayments. Also available are temporary overdraft facilities to help individuals and business with cashflow. Although handy there are some things that people looking to complete this should be aware of.

Mortgage Holiday - The interest that would normally be charged is capitalised and added to your mortgage balance. This means at the end of the mortgage holiday period, the money you owe the bank has increased.

Overdraft facilities - These initially will have no to low interest components, however they will need to be paid back, so it pays to keep an eye on your spending if using one of these facilities.

NB: Please note these facilities are only available to those in the affected areas and is not available as a matter of course to those outside the affected areas.

Insurance:

I just wanted to give you a quick update on the Domestic Insurance front, following this week’s events.

The Insurance situation today is best described as ‘Cautiously Optimistic’, as Insurance companies are now allowing existing policies on homes to be transferred to the new purchasers.

Although the embargo for new  Insurance policies remains in force, this is an encouraging sign.  We are hopeful that the insurance market for greater Christchurch will be unlocked in the near future enabling new policies to be approved and issued.

As ever, please don’t hesitate to contact me for any assistance or advice.  

Call Scott on 021 343 648, or email scott@amsnz.co.nz 

Call Jason on 021 018 9178, or email jason@aisnz.co.nz

If you would like to discuss anything about Mortgages or Insurance, contact one of our friendly Mortgage Brokers today. Remember, we work for you and our services are always free.

March's Property Gazette

Published by Scott Miller on Monday, March 07, 2016 in

Thinking of building? Look into your finance options carefully

You may be wowed by builders’ 5% deposit options, which is common in the market place. However it is slightly misleading. Although they (the building company) may only require a 5% deposit you will be highly unlikely to secure finance for only 5% especially on a build. Ask yourself the question where is the shortfall coming from?

In reality you will likely need between 10 – 20% deposit depending on your situation. We recommend talking to us before you begin looking for builders so you are armed with a pre-approval from the lender and know what your budget is for the build.

Working out your finance options

When you build, your home loan is approved for the full amount, but you draw it down in instalments as the building work progresses.

Therefore, it is essential to get a fixed priced contract which sets out a progress payment schedule.

Building is a very exciting process when armed with the right information and realistic expectations on not only what you can borrow but the whole build process.

Advanced Mortgage Solutions have helped hundreds of people secure the finance to build their new home, call us today to find out how we can help you.

February's Property Gazette

Published by Scott Miller on Thursday, January 28, 2016 in

Interest rate outlook for 2016

We are hearing murmurings that the Official Cash Rate (OCR) is set to drop again during the second half of 2016, possibly taking it to a new low of 2%. This will put pressure on banks to reduce floating and short-term fixed mortgage rates. With this in mind we want to make sure you are in a position to take advantage of these reductions.

Although the one to two-year fixed rates are the cheapest rates at most main banks right now, around 1% below the floating rate, they may be a little too long to take advantage of the forecasted reductions in the OCR. So borrowers can create some certainty, and obtain a lower rate by fixing for short terms rather than floating. If the RBNZ cuts rates further this year, there is some scope for floating and some short-term rates to be lower later this year. However, if the RBNZ does not cut interest rates further short term rates may rise from these levels.

When choosing a mortgage, it’s not just about finding the cheapest rate. To ensure you are getting the best out of your mortgage it is wise to have a mixture of all the options available from NZ lenders. One characteristic of a floating mortgage is borrowers can enjoy a certain amount of flexibility with the loans repayments, allowing for a minimum monthly repayment or a larger repayment if you are having a goods month. Splitting the mortgage into different terms, or a mix of fixed and floating mortgages, are strategies that allow some flexibility while locking in some interest rate certainty.

With the downward trend of interest rates we are getting a lot of enquiries about breaking loans. Many customers believe they can save money by breaking their existing loans, unfortunately in our experience this is seldom the case. We urge you, your friends and family to contact us first before looking to break any of your existing home loans, so we can negotiate with the lenders before making a decision.

For more information, contact us today.

 

August's Property Gazette

Published by Scott Miller on Monday, August 03, 2015 in

To break or not to break…

There has been a lot of media attention on interest rates lately, with another cut in the Official Cash Rate to 3.00% people are beginning to question their mortgage decisions, specifically whether or not to break out of their fixed term rates and either float or fix at a lower rate.

Fixed rates are a good way to budget your mortgage however you cannot always make extra payments or pay off your loan without generating a ‘break fee’. It has been very attractive for home owners to fix for longer lengths of time. Fixed rates have been a way to lock in a perceived ‘good’ rate for a longer period of time. Hopefully riding out any increases along the way.

With this continued reduction in rates those on longer 3, 4, 5 year fixed terms are now looking at other options, especially as the floating rate is around the 6% mark which may be less than the older fixed rate.

Although floating rates change depending on the Official Cash Rate (OCR) they are a lot more flexible than a fixed rate. You can pay off more of your mortgage without any financial penalties that would occur on a fixed rate. For instance if you wanted to add an extra $100 per month to your mortgage payments, you can do this on your floating rate and enjoy the interest you will be saving in the long run.

A structured mortgage that has a mix of floating and fixed rates can ride out the interest rate changes. Although you may end up paying a bit more to float your loan, you can still take advantage of the floating loans ability to make extra payments should you wish to pay more off and save in the long-term.

Breaking a fixed mortgage

For those that have signed up for a fixed rate and want to ‘break’ this mortgage to take advantage of the lower rates, you would want to make sure that the savings are substantial enough to warrant the break fee. Banks use a complex formula to work out break fees and I recommend you give us a call to discuss this.

As an illustration Westpac have the following scenarios on their website:

18 months ago John and Mary had a $200,000 home loan with 25 years left in its term, and they signed a contract for a fixed rate of 7% for 3 years. Their regular repayments are $1,414 per month. They now have another 18 months left to run on their fixed rate home loan.

If they break their home loan now the fixed rate break cost will be approximately $14,500.

Scenario 1: Paying off their loan

John and Mary decide to pay off their loan in full because they sell their home, and do not repurchase. The break cost will need to be paid immediately.

Scenario 2: Switching to a lower interest rate

John and Mary decide to break their fixed rate home loan because they want to go to a new lower rate of 18 months at 5.85%. The break cost will need to be paid immediately.

Their monthly regular loan repayment will reduce by $144 per month and they will save approximately $2,592 in interest over the next 18 months.

Scenario 3: Switching to a lower interest rate and adding the break cost to the loan

John and Mary decide to break their fixed rate home loan because they want to go to a new lower rate of 18 months at 5.85%. However they can't afford to pay the break cost upfront, so they decide to increase their loan to cover the cost.

Their monthly loan repayment will reduce by $52 and they will save $936 in interest over the next 18 months. However, at the end of 18 months their loan will be almost $14,500 higher.

The above scenarios are demonstrative examples and do not take into account your personal situation or goals. Every loan transaction differs, so please feel free to contact us to review your specific loan situation.

To see if it is worth breaking your loan please contact us and we can approach the lender to ascertain whether it’s mathematically worth it or not.

 

Commentary by Bernard Hickey

Published by Scott Miller on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 in

June 2015 News - By Bernard Hickey

Welcome to our June Referrer News, continuing on with our series of market commentary from one of New Zealand's top financial journalists, Bernard Hickey.

June was a great month for borrowers and for home owners, particularly in Auckland.
 
The Reserve Bank surprised most economists and at least half the financial markets by cutting the Official Cash Rate (OCR) by 25 basis points to 3.25% on June 11. It also forecast another 25 basis point cut later in the year, with some expecting it as early as July 23 and others seeing a third cut in early 2016.
 
Governor Graeme Wheeler argued the 55% fall in dairy prices and the 60% fall in oil prices in the last year were dragging on demand and inflation in a way he could not have expected last autumn when he put up the OCR by 1% to 3.5%. He denied he had made a mistake last year, saying others had also incorrectly forecast a rebound in inflation.
 
Banks began passing that June 11 cut on in full to their floating mortgage rates almost immediately. By the third week in June banks were cutting their six month to two year mortgage rates by anywhere from 20 to 50 basis points in anticipation of more rate cuts. Some cut their advertised mortgage rates below 5% and there is now a real prospect of the lowest rates for the best customers being closer to 4% than 5% by the end of the year.
 
Inflation for consumer prices remains well below the 2% mid-point of Reserve Bank's 1-3% target range and Governor Wheeler reiterated in his news conference after the bank's June quarter Monetary Policy Statement that he had to focus on meeting his CPI target first, even though he remains concerned about financial stability risks inherent in Auckland's housing boom.
 
Meanwhile, inflation for asset prices in Auckland continued to run rampant and real estate agents reported stellar sales volumes and prices in May. Finance Minister Bill English described it as a "feeding frenzy."
 
REINZ reported that Auckland's median house price rose NZ$30,000 in May to a record high NZ$749,000, while the median price excluding Auckland fell NZ$4,000 to NZ$349,000. Annual inflation in Auckland rose to 19.8% while national inflation excluding Auckland was 2.6% from a year ago.
 
Both REINZ and Barfoot and Thompson reported there were few signs yet that the Reserve Bank's new LVR limit in Auckland for rental property investors and the Government's two year 'bright line' capital gains tax test were having much impact on the market, although they were only announced in mid-May and do not formally apply until October 1.
 
However, there were signs that property investors were spreading out from Auckland. REINZ reported a 40.8% rise in the seasonally adjusted volume of house sales in Waikato/Bay of Plenty in the three months to May from a year ago as the buying started to spread out from Auckland. Auckland volumes rose 27.4% from a year ago.
 
There were also anecdotal reports that some foreign buyers were pulling out of deals to buy apartments off the plan after the Government's announcement they would have to declare their passport and home country tax details when buying properties here.
 
The bottom line
  
Auckland's annual house price inflation rate ran at 15-20% in May, but it was the exception rather than the rule. Wellington prices fell 1.7% and Christchurch fell 3.6% from a year         ago, although Tauranga prices were up 16.5% from a year ago.
Most economists now expect the Reserve Bank to cut the Official Cash Rate by as much as 0.5% to 3% by the end of the year as inflation remains well below the bank's 2%                 target.  Some expect another cut to 2.75% in early 2016.
The Reserve Bank said it was gathering data on house price to income ratios, but downplayed any move to adopt a UK-style 4.5 times multiple, saying it was complex


 
The Team at AMS

November's Property Gazette

Published by Scott Miller on Thursday, November 13, 2014 in

What you need to know about low deposit loans

With Wednesday’s announcement that Reserve Bank restrictions in regard to loans for those with less than a 20% deposit staying for now, with no changes to policy surrounding this, no doubt there are many thinking home ownership will always be out of reach.

Don’t be totally despondent though as there are options and solutions that may work for you. Banks review their appetite for low deposit lending regularly, particularly around surplus income required to meet their criteria for borrowers in this space. Where you could be declined one month, the next could see an approval based on the banks percentage of loans written and whether that figure is over or under the allowed percentages stipulated by the Reserve Bank.

The competition for borrowers with a 20% deposit is still fierce, and although this may seem unfair to those of you struggling to even get on the property ladder, it actually enhances your chance of financing a home with less than a 20% deposit, as every loan written in the “greater than 20 % deposit” space releases 10% of that loan amount to the pool for low “less than 20% deposit” lenders.

Take it that Mr Smith with a 20% deposit is settling a  $500,000.00 loan this week, that means the low deposit pool now has $50,000.00 available to lend to those who meet the criteria. Some weeks we have seen banks with no funds to lend in this space, so this means that even though there is demand, there is no supply and therefore a decline may not need to be seen so personally as a reflection of your characteristics. It may simply be that there are no funds available and trying again may be the thing to do.

Although this news may not make life less complicated for low deposit borrowers, we need to re-iterate that a large percentage of the clients we are helping are still First Home Buyers, Banks are lending above 80%,  and there are options and solutions around moving forward. In the hope of restoring confidence we have below listed some top tips for sourcing finance and preparing for borrowing in this space.

    • See a Registered Financial Advisor (us) as we have up to date market information, specialise in Home Loans, save you time sitting with all of the lenders and money given discounts we can get, and give direction
    • Operate your accounts well. Keep them within their limits, and avoid dishonours and unarranged overdraft fees
    • Save regularly into an account you don’t touch. If you are saving for separate purposes, have different accounts for each purpose
    • Minimise short term debt. Ask us for advice around whether to repay and reduce your outgoings or leave it in place and therefore have more deposit. One size does not fit all
    • Show stability in your place of work and residence. Moving around a lot, although sometimes unavoidable in Christchurch currently doesn’t give the bank confidence in finding you if things go wrong
    • Sign up for Kiwisaver and enrol your kids. There are First Home options and benefits for being a member. Ask us how and what
    • Ask for advice from us  in regard to support from family. There are guarantee and surety loan options available to those who have family willing to assist

As always it’s better to know how you can get there if it it’s not right now, and as always we are here to help.

The property market has certainly picked up over spring, however there is a lot of comment around the LVR restrictions imposed by the Reserve Bank in October 2013, and its effectiveness in dampening the market.

The LVR restrictions imposed were designed to slow the market and reduce the exposure of first home buyers if the market was to fall.  In September 2013, 80% + LVR lending accounted for 25% of all lending, and this was expected to climb.  The restrictions meant that 80% + LVR lending could not exceed 10% of a lender’s total loans.  The result is that 80% + LVR lending is now running at 8.4% of total lending.

As a result of the restrictions, those most affected were first home buyers who had trouble raising sufficient deposit to enter the market.  This in turn opened the door to property investors as there was less competition for homes in the lower price ranges.  Property investors were able to increase their portfolios at the expense of first home buyers.

In the meantime property values have continued to rise bringing into question the Reserve Bank’s decision to impose LVR restrictions.  However there has until now been a cooling of the market in relation to new listings that may be due to restrictions in the LVR.

If the LVR restrictions were to continue, this would further exacerbate the plight of first home buyers who have been shut out of the market.  Young couples without sufficient deposits would be facing a lifetime of renting, which was not the original intention.  Alternatively both lenders and borrowers have become more creative in structuring loans around security offered by generous parents.

There is speculation that the lending restrictions will be relaxed and this is the subject of a select committee hearing to be heard on 11 November.

The general feeling in the market is that the LVR restrictions have not had the desired impact, and that market forces will create a more level playing field in future.  Markets adapt and we are seeing development on the fringe of our larger cities, like the new builds in Pokeno south of the Bombay Hill.  We may see a growing trend of the baby boomers cashing up and moving to the provinces.  This could ultimately stabilize prices as more properties come to market for this reason.

We are seeing the resurrection of some less desirable areas as people focus on value for money and quality of housing stock.  Ex state housing areas offer solid homes in handy areas.  In Pomare in the Hutt Valley complete blocks of state housing have been demolished to make way for new builds at competitive prices. 

Those returning from overseas or migrating to New Zealand will always create a demand for property in areas of high employment.

It is, as always, a question of supply and demand.  This over time will have a levelling effect, and is an effective way in self-regulating the market, rather than Reserve Bank intervention. 

October's Property Gazette

Published by Scott Miller on Monday, October 20, 2014 in

Are you a “Kiwi” Saver?

Last week was Money Week - An opportunity for all New Zealanders to stop and take stock of their financial goals.

As a country, our appetite for trying to understand all things financial is a bit lacking and we could all do with being a little more interested and informed and therefore help ourselves to take control of our financial futures. This includes understanding how to structure our lending to make it work for us and reduce it faster, and how we save.

As specialist Registered Financial Advisers we are consistently looking to extend our products and services to our new and existing clients without compromising the specialist advice and service we provide.. Along with the recent addition of a Registered Financial Advisor, Bennen Lewis, who specialises in providing risk products, we have all recently undertaken training on providing our clients with class advice in regard to Kiwisaver.  We outsource our products we provide which allows us to have variety, options and specialist companies to use that meet our client’s needs best.

It was interesting to learn that a larger proportion of Kiwisaver contributors are “parked” in a default scheme, initially set up through their employer. Being enrolled in a scheme, certainly has its benefits but many don’t know that the default providers are limited to seven and that there are other options that once you are enrolled and contributing would be beneficial to consider.

Some of the questions you may like to consider are;

Who is your current provider and are they Kiwisaver specialists or a “Jack of All Trades” providing a huge number of products and services to clients by making it easy to have everything in a “one stop shop”?

  • Is my provider proactively or passively managing my investment?
  • What are my provider’s service, fees and returns?
  • What fund am I in and does it suit the type of Investor I am?
  • Is my fund provider New Zealand owned and operated or offshore?
  • Does my provider offer a life stages option where my investment fund is changed based on my age?
  • Do I understand that my Kiwisaver funds are held by Public Trust, as Supervisor of your investment no matter my scheme?

How many of us have opted in and simply forgotten about it?

Taken the following statistics it is something we shouldn't have!



Assumptions

Both investors start saving at age 20 on salaries of $30,000.00 pa each and remain employed until retirement age of 65. No withdrawals are made.

Their salaries grow by 3% pa and they earn 4% or 6% pa return after tax, fees and expenses. Inflation is assumed to average 2% pa

The investors and their employers each contribute 3% if the investor’s before tax pay into the investors Kiwisaver account

The employer’s contributions are net of employer’s superannuation contribution tax at current rates.      

Post Election Market

The election result is now known and the status quo remains with pre-election nervousness disappearing.  This should inject some confidence back into the housing market as things such as a capital gains tax are not likely to come to fruition for the time being, and those that were waiting to see what happened can now move forward.

There was a pre-election lull in relation to new home consents and market commentators are expecting activity to pick up before the end of the year.  Strong demand for homes in Auckland and Canterbury are expected to drive demand for the building sector in the next couple of years.  It is interesting to note a rise in consents for new apartments.  These consents have risen form 4% in 2010 to now make up 12% of total consents.  This figure is buoyed by growth in the retirement village sector.

The Reserve Bank made no change to the Official Cash Rate in September, with the next review due 31 October.  This provides ongoing stability to the market, and we have seen the continuation of some good fixed interest mortgage interest rates especially for one and two years.

There is some relaxation from the banks in relation to lending criteria creating more interest from first home buyers and increased confidence generally.

A softening of the New Zealand dollar may also provide stimulation to the market as residential property becomes more affordable to those returning home from overseas or migrating to New Zealand.

All in all, with the election behind us and some positive signals from the lenders, and hopefully some good weather as well, we see the market picking up over the spring and summer.

The Main Centres

The Auckland region as a whole saw residential property values increase by 1.8% over the past three months and 10.3% year on year. Whilst values are still rising, the rate of growth has decreased significantly, probably due the effect of the winter and the build up to the election.  Spring traditionally provides buoyancy back to the market with increased listings and buyer interest.

Residential property values in Hamilton City decreased by 0.9% over the past three months, however they have increased 2.7% year on year. In Tauranga City home values have remained stable with a 0.0% change over the past three months but they have increased 4.5% year on year.  The Tauranga market benefits from migration from Auckland and Christchurch.

Home values in the Wellington Region are still showing a slight downward trend, decreasing 0.9% over the past three months and values across the region as a whole are up only 0.3% since September last year.

In Christchurch City home values have increased 0.3% over the past three months and they are 5.1% higher than in August last year. Home values in Dunedin City have increased by 0.3% over the past three months and 1.7% year on year.
 
The Regions

Values in the provincial centres are variable while many are decreasing or flat and there are a few areas where residential property values have increased. Fonterra’s lower dairy pay out may have an impact on the housing market in the provincial areas.

Mortgage Brokers Christchurch - July's property Gazette

Published by Scott Miller on Saturday, July 06, 2013 in

Freezing cold Antarctic storms followed by unseasonal warm weather seems to emulate what's happening in the property market at the moment.

The pressure from the Reserve Bank around limiting the number of high loan to value ratio loans being written is taking effect. I have found less 95% deals are now getting across the line, hurting the first home buyer. Products like KiwiSaver and the First Home Subsidy (from Housing New Zealand) are going some way to help counteract this pressure.

On the other hand house prices are still trending up higher due to the lack of properties for sale on the market. There is little sign of this slowing down, however it appears 'plans' are slowly being put in place by the Government to help alleviate the situation.

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So on with what’s happened this month.   

                                     Current Interest Rates as at 05 July 2013

                                              Variable                  5.59%  
                                              6 Month Fixed        4.99%
                                              1 Year Fixed           4.95%
                                              2 Year Fixed           5.15%
                                              3 Year Fixed           5.65%
                                              4 Year Fixed           5.85%    
                                              5 Year Fixed           6.15%


Interest Rate Outlook

Is the end of low interest rates in sight? We, of course don’t know, but there are some signs that the worm might be starting to turn and let’s face it, it has to at some stage. The interest rate environment over the last few years has been one of record lows, both here and abroad. However in the USA we have seen the Federal Reserve set out a timetable for winding down its government held low interest rates. This has seen wholesale interest rates for longer term rise which generally leads to retail rates following.
 
Locally, the economy has a firmer feel and you could label it as moving from recovery to expansion. There is now a lot of ‘ticks’ in the positive side of the ledger, and momentum is becoming more self-fulfilling as a result. Despite this we do not suggest getting carried away, we still have a number of head winds such as currency exchange risks that we need to look out for.
 
Meanwhile housing supply shortages and the lowest mortgage interest rates in almost 50 years are underpinning a rising housing price market, however we are a little wary of a nationwide housing market given on going stretched household affordability. The high NZD will mean the RBNZ should shy away from raising the Official Cash Rate as long as possible. Rising residential investment activity and an additional 39,000 houses for Auckland over the next three years will eventually help reduce pressure on prices, but a nervous wait lies ahead.
 
Variable Interest rates have not changed since our last communication. However, as I have mentioned several times over the last couple of months longer term wholesale interest rates have risen sharply, pushing 2, 3, 4 & 5 year money upwards. Looking ahead, given the likelihood that rates will continue to rise, borrowers would do well to consider fixing. Selecting a term depends on how quickly you believe interest rates might rise versus one’s appetite for the extra cost. We favour a spread of terms, with an emphasis on 2 to 3 years as perhaps offering the best current value. As always please sit down with us though to discuss the option most relevant to your circumstances. I suggest this to take place sooner rather than later as rates are on the move.

What's Hot

Locking your money down! With the movement in longer term money market rates, a lot of our clients who have been on variable rates are rushing to lock their funds down at decent interest rates while they still can. If you are unsure, call us and we can talk through your options.
 

Deal of the Month

As the flow of funds starts to ease up we are finding more “2nd tier” options available at  affordable rates, and Lo-Doc products are coming back to the market - Call us we deliver!

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.

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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.  
         
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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!

Mortgage Brokers Christchurch - Property Gazette - March

Published by Scott Miller on Thursday, March 07, 2013 in

 

Purchasing property over the February/March period has continued to increase as have the amount of properties for sale, however more properties on the market would help matters. The largest amount of feedback I am receiving from clients is there just isn't enough property to go around.

For those looking to purchase in Christchurch or Auckland this seems only to be set to get worse - My advice, keep looking - something will come along!

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So on with what’s happened this month.

                
      Current Interest Rates as at 7 March 2013


Variable             5.55%
6 Month Fixed    5.10%
1 Year Fixed      4.89%
2 Year Fixed      5.35%
3 Year Fixed      5.39%
5 Year Fixed      5.75%


The old saying “It starts in Auckland and then spreads down the country” looks to be ringing true with recent housing market data seeing a broadening strength of house sales across the regions in New Zealand. Mortgage approval numbers continue to rise adding further fuel to the building momentum in the property market.
 
The only concern to this is the increased level of commentary from the Reserve Bank who seem to want to hold interest rates low to stimulate growth across the country while not wanting to see the property market become too heated, which you could argue has already occurred in the “big smoke”.
 
They only have a couple of levers they can pull. One being interest rates and of course the other being to bring in restrictions around the loan to value ratio they allow banks to lend on homes. The latter could be politically be a very dangerous move, particularly if as suggested it is aimed at the region of Auckland.
 
Economic growth does appear to be finally kicking in with many economists predicting consistent growth of between 2.50% to 3% over the next 2 years. This growth may be enough to keep the Reserve Bank at bay in relation to keeping interest rates unchained for the foreseeable future. However, we suggest now is a good time for you to have your eyes and ears open as changes could be afoot in the not too distant future. We lean toward the Reserve Bank falling back on its more traditional control mechanism so watching interest rates over the course of 2013 could be advantageous.
 
Which brings us to our current borrowing strategy, with competition among the banks heating up in the 2 & 3 year fixed brackets there are some striking deals there at present, we have seen 2 year rates at 4.99% and 3 year at 5.39%, how can that be a bad price? Personally this writer favours them. As always though give us a call, as everyone’s circumstances are different.

What's Hot

Well it’s not hot but you need to know about it. ANZ have lead the charge and nothing surer their competitors will be right on their heels, with the Bank now controlling the valuation process, as such you or the client will no longer be able to choose the valuer you want to value a security property. It is designed to protect the bank and consumers but will slow the process.  

Deal of the Month

Last month we helped a client into another investment property when he had been told NO by his existing bank. He had only been self-employed for 7 months but with well put together interim financials and some good supporting information we were able to get him not only approved by an interest rate of 4.99% fixed for 2 years, he was a very happy man - Call us we deliver!

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