May 2019's Property Gazette
Will the Official Cash Rate Drop
In March, Reserve Bank Governor Adrian Orr implied that any future movement in the OCR is likely to be downwards. With domestic growth slowing and a weaker global economic outlook, economists are therefore predicting:
- There is a 50/50 chance of the OCR dropping .25% on May 8th 2019
- A further drop to 1.25% is possible in August or November
Economists noted that the RNBZ Governor did not refer to his past statements of keeping the OCR stable until the end of the year and into 2020.
While in the past, many drops in the OCR have led to a reduction of interest rates; this may not be the case this time. The capital requirements held by the lenders are rising, making it highly unlikely that full savings will be passed onto mortgage holders.
It’s not all bad news though. Interest rates are still at record lows, and we can help you access them. Get in touch with our team today and let’s work together to get you the best rates.
Tips on Buying a Home During the Colder Months
Should you be looking for a home during Autumn or Winter? We say yes! While the warmer months have the advantage of longer days and balmy weather, now is an ideal time for house hunting.
Traditionally there are fewer homes on the market during the cooler months. On the plus side, there are usually fewer people searching for homes, which means less competition. Eager sellers are ready to sell now, and this puts you in a great place to negotiate the price.
There are some challenges though, and these are often weather-related. You may be reluctant to view the exterior of a home in poor weather. Crawling in the ceiling space or under the floor won’t be high on your priority list. You may also be unable to view a property during daylight hours, seeing it only after dusk. These challenges have the potential to cause trouble down the road for you if you purchase a home without seeing fully what you’re buying. As well as making time to visit the property during the day, we also recommend you contact a property inspection professional who can perform the necessary inspections on your behalf.
In our digital world, people are increasingly comfortable purchasing almost everything online. However, before you press ‘buy’ on a complex product such as life insurance, we recommend you get advice from a registered financial advisor like us.
For personal advice and support when purchasing a property, you can rely on us. Give us a call today.
Scott is wonderful to work with, which made the hole process so much easier and stress free. Highly qualified highly recommended. In there for the customersKarla Botting - 06 December 2023
Scott was fantastic to work with, honest and hard working, went the extra mile on everything, explained the nitty gritty jargon into easy to understand. Got us a great deal on our mortgage, put us with the right people. All in all 6 stars, if your buying then definitely call Scott at AMS!!Hamish Neilson - 06 December 2023
I used Scott at Advanced Mortgage Solutions for my first home purchase and am currently repurchasing a property through him again. Has been absolutely amazing and made the process extremely easy. Would recommend to anyone looking for a mortgage broker in Christchurch!Stacy Kamo - 29 November 2023
Scott and the team at Advanced Mortgage Solutions are great! Very knowledgeable and they make the house buying process very simple and easy to understand. Cannot recommend them enough!Scott Harris - 20 November 2023
Friendly and personalized service. Always happy to answer all my questions and love getting to see Gus when we meet in-person.Lisa French - 20 November 2023