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A practical checklist for home buyers

Posted 6 days ago by Pope & Co. Mortgages and photo by from Pexels

Buying a house can feel like a daunting task for first-home buyers. From finance to legal options to location, there is much to consider. With this in mind, we have created a list of the key items to consider before you buy — to help make this exciting journey easier.

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Craig interviewed for Sky News Australia on Welcome Home Loans

Posted 11 days ago by Pope & Co. Mortgages

Sky News Australia have been in the Pope & Co office this week to interview Craig about Welcome Home Loans. 

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Things expats should consider when securing a mortgage from overseas

Posted 13 days ago by Admin and guest written by Josh Brown Financial Writer at

Kiwi’s love to travel. There are a lucky few that manage to land lucrative careers overseas and find themselves in the fortunate position of being able to purchase an investment property while still working in a foreign country. It can be tricky to secure a mortgage when you are not in your country of citizenship though. This article provides insight into the finer points of securing a mortgage in New Zealand from overseas.

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OCR drops for first time in nearly 3 years

Posted 17 days ago by Pope & Co. Mortgages

The Reserve Bank has cut the Official Cash Rate by 0.25 points to 1.5 percent, an all-time low. This is the first change in the OCR since September 2016 when it was dropped to 1.75 percent.

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Do I need a finance clause in a property sale & purchase agreement, and for how long?

Posted 19 days ago by Pope & Co. Mortgages

Not having a finance clause in your sale and purchase agreement can potentially be disastrous, but how long it should be depends on several factors.

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Government dumps Capital Gains Tax

Posted 38 days ago by Pope & Co. Mortgages

The Government were unable to reach a consensus on introducing a capital gains tax and Prime Minister Jacinda Adern has ruled it out under her leadership. What does this mean for borrowers?

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Top tips to increase your property value

Posted 39 days ago by Pope & Co. Mortgages

New Zealanders love doing DIY or renovating, but what factors increase your property value for resale?

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When is the best time to buy a property?

Posted 44 days ago by Pope & Co. Mortgages

For first-time buyers a common question is—when is the best time to buy a property? We ask a real estate agent and a mortgage broker...

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Should you buy a home with a pool or spa?

Posted 53 days ago by Pope & Co. Mortgages

Following a record-temperature summer or with the prospect of winter approaching, should you consider buying a home with a pool or spa, or decide to install your own?

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Next OCR move could be down

Posted 60 days ago by Pope & Co. Mortgages

In an announcement today the Reserve Bank indicated the risk of a global downturn has increased. While keeping the OCR unchanged for now at 1.75 percent, the bank has suggested the next move could be downward.

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