Author Archives: Kate Gear

Shares vs Property: the pros and cons breakdown

We Kiwi’s are no strangers to a heated debate. And that extends to the shares vs property discussion. You’ve probably seen it unfold at the family BBQ before. Uncle Mick will swear black and blue that property is the only way to go, as he bought his $1 million beachside shack for just $20,000 thirty…

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How to save for a first home deposit

So you’ve decided to finally take the plunge and start saving for a deposit to buy your first home? Here’s a few handy tips to get you started. Saved for a holiday before? Or a car? What about TV or computer? The good news is that saving for a house deposit isn’t too dissimilar. It’s…

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Floating the idea of refinancing your own home?

Floating the idea of refinancing your home loan? When it comes to refinancing your home loan, it’s a case of reward vs risk. Let us step you through some of the most common questions and concerns. Refinancing your home loan is the process of either extending or replacing an existing loan with your current financial…

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The importance of a having Will and trusted Power of Attorney

It’s a morbid thought that many of us tend to shy away from, but end-of-life financial planning is a crucial stage in any wealth-building plan. One day down the track you’ll no longer be around to make the most of the assets you’ve worked so hard to obtain. It’s an unfortunate, but certain, fact of…

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Is your coffee habit adding to your mortgage

Is your coffee habit adding years to your mortgage pain?

Is your coffee habit adding years to your mortgage pain? It’s smooth, it’s delectable, and it might just be adding years to your mortgage. The culprit? Your daily cup of joe. A morning coffee has long been a ritual for many Kiwi’s – a ritual that used to take place over breakfast in the comfort…

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What you need to know before buying your first home

If you had a roadmap for life, buying your first home would fall somewhere around getting married and having your first child. You spend hours upon hours researching up on the first two, so it only makes sense to do a bit of homework on this one, too. If you’re anything like the average Kiwi,…

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Investment Property Location

Investment Property Location

It’s really important that you research the area in which you’re planning to buy an investment property. A good Investment Property Location is paramount to maximising your return and enjoying reduced transactions and stress. Some of the questions you might ask include: What type of property has the highest demand in the market Which properties see…

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Thinking of waiting before you invest?

Are you thinking of waiting a while before you invest? Is that out of FEAR? More money is lost by home owners by simply  putting off or procrastinating than by any other reason! Smart investors who have goals in place and understand that property investing is a long term strategy, will make money in property over the…

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Loan fixed so you don’t want a review?

This is something we hear from clients all the time “We will wait until our fixed loan comes off and have a review then”. This response could set you back tens of thousands of $$$ if your current mortgage structure isn’t personalised to you.  In many cases when you are buying a home your main focus is finding and…

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First Home Buyer Jitters?

Many people who would like to own homes have fears that prevent them from buying. Buying a home is usually the largest purchase a person ever makes so you have to take it seriously. If you’re one of these people who are hesitant and have been sitting on the fence – there are simple steps you can take…

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