Erskine + Owen in-house mortgage service – smarter loans since 2011

September 16, 2021

1. Our mortgage service has been helping hundreds of clients in Erskine + Owen since 2011 Our mortgage brokering service offers the most comprehensive financial solution to our clients. Every year we cater to many clients for their mortgage needs so that they can meet their financial goals. We’re based in Auckland, but thanks to the technology, we’re able to help clients everywhere in…

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 Mortgage Experience Gets Deal Done

June 17, 2020

On Monday June 1st, a client approached Wendy Ryan-Kidd our in house Mortgage Broker, with a live deal to purchase an investment property with a value of $1.5 million. Their bank had approved only $500k of the $1.5 million they wanted to borrow, using their home to leverage equity. Wendy quickly assessed the situation and…

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OCR Rate Cut – What Does it Mean for the Housing Market and Interest Rates

May 9, 2019

Our last interest rate article discussed the long term historical average rate sitting below 5%. We now have an OCR rate cut of 25 basis points, providing more evidence that rates will not be rising beyond 5% for the foreseeable future. What is perhaps more interesting is there is a widely held view that we…

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The Current Outlook For Interest Rates

March 20, 2019

Apparently, the average interest rate, going back to Egyptian days, is below 5%, and that all the massive spikes in interest rates since 1900 have been due to massive population growth spikes. World population growth rates are slowing and are not expected to spike again, so if you believe that, you can safely forecast interest…

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40% deposit requirement, what’s the impact… and what are your options?

December 7, 2016

Should investors be scared off by the Reserve Bank’s increasingly hands-on approach to the property market? Not necessarily, as there are upsides – it creates a safety valve against potential overheating, and gives rise to some innovative investment vehicles. As investors, we Kiwis are used to a relatively unregulated property market. We’re renowned for favouring…

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Same old same old… new Reserve Bank rules change nothing

July 6, 2015

The Reserve Bank (RBNZ) recently proposed a 70% LVR restriction for investors in the Auckland property market. While it was tempting to jump straight out of the gates with a comment, we thought it would be more useful to wait for the RBNZ’s discussion document and provide a deeper analysis of their announcement. In this…

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OCR Commentary – June 2014

June 20, 2014

On Thursday 12 June, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) lifted the Official Cash Rate (OCR) by 25 basis points to 3.25% as anticipated. What will be the impact of this increase? What will be the impact? Floating Mortgage Rate – Floating mortgage rates will increase, with lenders likely to follow ANZ’s lead and…

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1st Quarter Directors Market Commentary – How have the LVR speed limits impacted house prices?

May 5, 2014

In March, the BNZ-REINZ residential market survey of real estate sales agents reveals an ease in market sentiment, as agents around the country reported most regions to be in equilibrium as buyers began to tentatively re-enter the market after adjusting to last year’s change in lending rules. However, anecdotal evidence from the survey is suggesting…

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Will the latest amendment to LVR restrictions for home building impact house prices?

December 19, 2013

Only two months since the reserve bank brought in new LVR lending legislation, they have amended their stance. New home builds will now be exempt from the lending restriction, which according to the Registered Master Builders Federation, will ensure the development of up to 5000 homes in the next year. This figure is only an…

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The Importance of Keeping Your Finance Current

October 18, 2010

You’ve got your finance pre-approved – but that’s not a complete certainty the bank will lend you the money. The bank still needs to give you an unconditional offer once you have a specific property you wish to purchase. The last thing you want is finance to become a point of stress or uncertainty when…

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