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"Show me the money" - How to fund your rental purchase

In this episode of the My Mortgage Podcast, Claire and Greg discuss how to fund your first investment property, and how this might look when you're approaching your bank.We discuss;Serviceability in property investment, breaking it down for everyday Kiwi homeownersThe big misconception - it's not just about rental income verses loan cost!Breaking down bank serviceability calculationsIncome is important - from salaries to more complex earnings like commissions, tax credits, and rental income. For...

May 20, 2024

Navigating the End of Your Fixed-Rate Mortgage: A Comprehensive Guide

Reaching the end of a fixed-rate term on your home loan can be a crucial time for homeowners. Here's a guide on what to do as your fixed rate comes to an end and how soon you can start looking at new fixed rates. We'll also touch on the current interest rate trends as of Mid 2024....

May 15, 2024

Why invest in property?

We're back for Season 2!In this episode of the My Mortgage Podcast, Claire and Greg talk about the power of leveraging investments, and why you should invest in property.We're talking about;How combining personal funds with borrowed capital can significantly amplify returns, showcasing the potential this has to enhance the overall value of a property.They discuss alternatives such as managed funds, stock market investments, business shares, and a variety of non-property-related investment avenue...

May 13, 2024

Buying Property in New Zealand as a Citizen who is based overseas

New Zealand citizens living abroad and looking to buy property in their home country face a unique set of challenges. Below we highlight key considerations for overseas buyers planning their return or investing from afar....

May 8, 2024

Bridging Finance in New Zealand: Is it possible and what else could you do?

Bridging finance can be a lifeline for homeowners looking to buy a new property before their existing one is sold. However, as Greg from My Mortgage explains, securing this type of loan isn't as straightforward as it used to be. In this article, we explore the intricacies of bridging finance and provide insight into making the best financial decision....

May 3, 2024

Strategies for Refixing Your Home Loan

When it comes to managing your mortgage, deciding how and when to refix your home loan is crucial. Here, we offer essential advice for homeowners approaching the end of their fixed-rate term, helping them make informed decisions tailored to their evolving financial situations....

May 2, 2024

Understanding the Ins and Outs of Home Loan Refinancing

Refinancing your home loan can be a strategic financial move, but it’s not without complexity. Let's break down what refinancing involves and what to consider before making the switch from one lender to another....

April 24, 2024

Navigating Home Loans for the Self-Employed

Navigating the maze of home lending as a self-employed individual can seem daunting. Unlike traditional salaried employees, those who own their own business or work as contractors face unique challenges when it comes to securing a mortgage. Greg from My Mortgage delves into this complex topic, offering valuable insights and advice for self-employed individuals looking to buy a home....

April 10, 2024

New Rules: Interest Deductibility - What is it and what are the new rules?

What exactly is interest deductibility? In this quick blog we’re looking at what interest deductibility is and what do these new rules mean?...When you think about investment property, you’d expect that it should be possible to produce a positive return, right?…A crucial piece to this puzzle is interest deductibility. The government is making some changes to these tax rules, and it's like they're putting a missing puzzle piece back in.Understanding the Puzzle Piece - Interest Deductib...

March 12, 2024

Should I pay money off my mortgage or should I add value to my property?

I recently had a client ask whether she should pay a lump sum off her loan, as her fixed term was about to expire, or use the funds she'd saved to put a new bathroom in her property.The answer around which option is best is actually not always straightforward.It depends a lot on your goals, interest rates, the market and a few other factors.Let's explore the options......

March 1, 2024

What's up with DTI's?

In the maze of financial jargon out there, one term that has been buzzing around lately is DTIs, or Debt to Income Ratios. From economic pundits to lending institutions, everyone seems to be talking about how DTIs will shape borrowing and lending heading forward when some highly anticipated changes are made.But what exactly are DTIs, and should you be concerned about them? Let's break it down....

March 1, 2024

Up-to-Date Financials for Business Owners buying residential property

A crucial aspect of residential home lending for business owners is the significance of keeping your business financials up to date. In recent years, banks have become increasingly stringent about ensuring that businesses have current financial records, especially as the end of the financial year approaches. In this blog post, I'll delve into why having up-to-date financials is vital for business owners, particularly those considering property purchases in the coming months....

February 19, 2024

Navigating Current Interest Rates: Why a Short-Term Fix Might Be Your Best Bet

At My Mortgage, we've been closely monitoring the current landscape of interest rates as of February 2024. With rates fluctuating between 6.4% and 6.9%, depending on the chosen term, we believe it's crucial to consider a shorter-term fix. This blog post aims to delve deeper into the pros and cons of various mortgage terms and why, according to our team at My Mortgage, a shorter-term fix might be the optimal choice in the current market....

February 19, 2024

Applying for a mortgage while on a fixed term employment contract - How does that work?

We commonly hear people say that it’s impossible to get a home loan when you’re on a fixed term contract but is that true? Read on to find out more!...Every situation is different when it comes to fixed term contracts and the banks are pretty good at looking at the overall situation and applying some common sense logic around each unique situation. If you’re on a fixed term contract and applying for a home loan, the bank will look at a few things. What is your employment history?...

November 2, 2023

I’m in a trial period - Can I apply for a home loan?

It’s less common these days to see trial periods in employment contracts since the law changed in 2018 to only allow employers with 19 or less staff to include trial periods. But the question does come up every now and then - can I apply for a home loan during a trial period? A trial or (sometimes referred to as a probationary period) allows an employer to assess your suitability for the role you were employed for over a given timeframe (but no more than 90 days). There’s heaps more inf...

November 2, 2023

The property I'm buying has unconsented work

After the flurry of purchasing in 2020 and 2021 where many people purchased properties without much due diligence, over the past 6 months we're starting to see more buyers conducting thorough checks before making their offers.So I thought we'd delve into a topic that has been cropping up quite a bit lately: non-consented work on properties and how to approach it from a bank lending perspective.We've seen instances where properties have unconsented work, title issues, or concerns raised by b...

September 28, 2023

Can I buy a house and renovate it?

In the last six months I've had numerous questions from first-home buyers who are eyeing up properties that are now available at a lower price due to their need for some tender loving care!There are a number of factors we need to consider here to make the most of your deposit, your skills and any future uptick in property values over time, too so you can make the most of this opportunity....

September 20, 2023

Do lending amounts vary between banks?

One of the common questions we're asked is whether lending amounts vary between banks, and the answer is a resounding "yes". We'll run through a few of the reasons behind these variations and why having access to a range of lending options can be a game-changer....

September 14, 2023

How do I make an offer? Top tips for being successful

Property markets can ebb and flow and there are plenty of moving parts.Competition, price, conditions - what do these all mean and how can you be successful?We break down some of our advice and practical tips for securing your dream home....

August 31, 2023

We're having a baby - what does it mean for our mortgage?

Congratulations!The arrival of a baby is a joyous occasion, filled with excitement, anticipation, and a whirlwind of preparations.Amidst the baby showers, nursery decorations, and prenatal classes, there's another important aspect to consider: your finances.Specifically, how does having a baby impact your mortgage?Let's dive in!...

August 17, 2023

Tips for managing your home loan when times are tough

Life has a way of throwing curveballs at us, and sometimes, these challenges can make it difficult to manage our financial obligations. If you have a mortgage and are facing tough times, don't panic. Here are some practical steps to help you navigate through these challenges and manage your home loan effectively....

August 3, 2023

Revolving Credit vs. Offset - which is best for me?

When it comes to managing your mortgage, you've likely heard of revolving credits and offset loans. Maybe your sister, colleague or parent has recommended it as a great mortgage structure.But do you truly grasp the differences between these options and which one aligns best with your financial goals?Let's delve into the world of mortgage finance and explore how these two approaches can help you save on interest in different ways, and make the most of positive money habits....

July 27, 2023

Kainga Ora First Home Loan - am I eligible?

The First Home Loan scheme has been around for a while, but until mid-2022, plenty of people didn't know about it because it had some tricky price caps which were difficult for first home buyers to meet in a market where prices continued to increase.But fortunately that's all changed, so it's time we heard more about this nifty little support scheme which is now helping more first home buyers than ever into their first homes....

July 20, 2023

Buying with my parents - intergenerational living & home lending

Intergenerational living refers to multiple generations of a family choosing to live under the same roof. This could be parents and their adult children, or even extended family members like aunts, uncles, and grandparents. The lending aspect comes into play when these family members pool their resources to purchase a property together....

July 17, 2023

ANZ Blueprint to Build Version 2.0 2023

ANZ originally announced its Blueprint to Build in 2021 as a way to support the construction industry and help people to build new homes. You can read about the specifics of it here. Right from the start it was pitched as a short-term lending product that was going to have an end date. That time has come. All good things come to an end but to ANZ's credit, they have announced a new, more long-term version of their Blueprint to Build product. There are a few benefits to the new Blueprin...

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