Market Insights

Murray Joiner -

How to cover rising home loan payments

A lot of home owners are preparing for a significant increase in their home loan repayments, as their one and two year fixed interest rate terms come to an end. Everyone’s situation is different, but it’s fair to say that

Jo Joiner -

Preparing for a call or meeting with your mortgage broker

A property is one of the most expensive things you’ll ever buy. The amount you borrow and the interest you’ll pay over decades can be huge. So, whether you’re looking for a new mortgage or reviewing the one you have,

Murray Joiner -

Is it worth breaking a fixed mortgage right now?

Most people think about breaking their fixed rate mortgage when interest rates are falling and they see lower rates than the one they’re on. But even if fixed interest rates are climbing, you may be worried about how high the rates will


How many solar panels does your home need?

If you’re considering switching your home to solar, you will be wanting to find out how many solar panels you will need to meet the energy requirements of your household. It comes down to the capacity of the system you

The Data Team - (Tom Lintern - Chief Data Scientist)

What is the CV and what does it mean?

Capital Values, Rateable Values, CVs, RVs are all terms for the three-yearly (usually) assessment of a property’s value and are used by local councils to help apportion the rates in their area. These are especially relevant right now, with new

Grace Tresidder

4 Things to Help Setup Your Home Office

COVID-19 has made working from home the new normal. Whether a hybrid office – WFH schedule or 100% WFH, a dedicated area will make you more productive. We’ve laid out our best tips to help you create the best workspace

Steve Hart

Are First Home Buyers Being Pushed Out of the Market?

While property trends firm CoreLogic predicts lower home values in late 2022, the main hurdle getting in the way of home ownership today is obtaining a mortgage. What many home buyers face now is the triple whammy of higher loan

The Data Team - (Tom Lintern - Chief Data Scientist)

A Leg Up for First Home Buyers

It’s good news for first home buyers with changes to the support offered by the Government. These changes took effect from 1 April 2021 to better help prospective first home buyers get on the property ladder.  The 2 main initiatives

Steve Hart

A Tale of Two Cities

Compare residential property turnover in the South Auckland suburb of Papakura with Wellington’s upmarket Khandallah and you’ll see a story of two New Zealands. One area is up and coming, ready to make its mark, while the other is well-established

Steve Hart

Are you losing out if you don’t buy now?

It’s the age-old question for any first-home buyer – buy now or wait for prices to drop or hold out for something better. Real estate watcher and writer Steve Hart says there’s no time like the present.

Ailsa Dawson

Why offers need to be in writing

Recently I was drawn into a conversation around a buyer and seller who had fallen out because the seller had denied having verbally accepted an offer from a buyer introduced to their property through their real estate agent. Both the

Ailsa Dawson

Auctions are alive and well in Welly

Recently I attended two auction rooms, Professionals Lower Hutt for their Thursday auctions and Harcourts Wellington City’s Friday auctions. Rest assured people, auctions are alive and well in Wellington. What caught my attention in the Professionals auction room was 6

Ailsa Dawson

Buying off the plans

Recently I had the pleasure of sitting down with Ben Macky, Founder, and CEO from Wallace & Stratton to discuss the pros and cons of ‘buying off the plans’. I was keen to gather insights from local experts in this

Why property pressure will keep simmering during 2021
Steve Hart

Property pressure will keep simmering during 2021

When it comes to real estate trends and forecasts for 2021, the picture won’t be too different to 2020 according to industry experts who spoke to The most comforting prediction for buyers is that the market may be less frantic