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The rapidly evolving coronavirus COVID-19

Posted 21 days ago by Pope & Co. Mortgages and image thanks to Cottonbro @

The coronavirus outbreak, now known as COVID-19, has triggered an unprecedented flow of conflicting information – and that’s why it’s so important to stay informed through reliable sources.

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OCR Cut & Coronavirus — What does this mean for borrowers?

Posted 23 days ago by Pope & Co. Mortgages

Almost every day the current situation is getting more and more unusual as the country is in a near 'lock down' mode. On Monday the OCR was cut by the Reserve Bank by .75% and almost immediately all the major banks dropped their floating rates accordingly. It remains to be seen if the fixed rates will also drop. 

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Reserve Bank cuts OCR to 0.25 percent

Posted 24 days ago by Pope & Co. Mortgages

In an emergency announcement this morning the Reserve Bank has cut the official cash rate to 0.25% in response to the COVID-19 situation. This is bigger than the expected 50 basis point cut predicted by ASB ecnonomists.

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Are you really pre-approved to buy that house?

Posted 37 days ago by Pope & Co. Mortgages

Whether it’s your first home, investment property or you are upgrading, before you head out house hunting you need to know exactly how much you can afford.

You also need to fully understand what your mortgage pre-approval means.

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January-February 2020 Market Update

Posted 41 days ago by Pope & Co. Mortgages

Catch up on what's happening in the mortgage and lending world with Craig's latest market update for January and February.

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Thinking about selling your house this year?

Posted 43 days ago by Pope & Co. Mortgages

Is it time for a change for your family? If you’re running out of space, need to follow work opportunities, or just feel like moving to a new place, here's how you can prepare for selling your home.

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Are tighter lending restrictions on the horizon?

Posted 52 days ago by Pope & Co. Mortgages

With recent growth in the property market and no signs of it letting up, could tighter LVR restrictions be on the horizon? ANZ economists are not ruling out the possibility.

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How to protect yourself as a business owner

Posted 2 months ago by Pope & Co. Mortgages

Business owners have worries that many other people don't — there can be a lot of risk. Here are a few things you can consider as a business owner to protect yourself against those potential risks.

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Mid-life career change? How to prepare your finances

Posted 3 months ago by Pope & Co. Mortgages

So you're bored of your job? Before you chuck it in, there are a few steps to consider to make a mid-life career change a little easier financially. We talk you through how to prepare your finances for a major life change.

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Eleven things it's worth spending money on

Posted 3 months ago by Pope & Co. Mortgages Photo by Porapak Apichodilok from Pexels

We usually focus on all the ways to save money, but the reality is, sometimes it’s worth splashing out. Here are eleven things that it’s worth spending your money on.

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