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Should you buy a home with a pool or spa?

Posted 7 months 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 7 months 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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What is "Cash Back" when taking out a mortgage?

Posted 8 months ago by Pope & Co. Mortgages

Whilst cash incentives are nice, they are not a key reason for choosing a bank—Craig explains the "cash back" incentive when taking out a mortgage in New Zealand. 

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What are Welcome Home Loans?

Posted 8 months ago by Pope & Co. Mortgages

The Welcome Home Loan is designed to help first-home buyers who can afford regular repayments on a loan but have trouble saving for a large deposit. Find out if you could be eligible...

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How important are your bank statements when applying for a mortgage?

Posted 8 months ago by Pope & Co Mortgages

One of the key factors to getting approved for a home loan is how you run your bank accounts. Due to responsible lending legislation banks have become extremely pedantic when it comes to the small detail—what might seem irrelevant to the applicant can actually make or break an approval,

Here's our advice on how to prepare your bank accounts for a mortgage approval.

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No change to OCR

Posted 8 months ago by Pope & Co. Mortgages

The Reserve Bank has announced today there will be no change to the Official Cash Rate at 1.75 percent, and are still expecting to keep it at this level through until 2020.

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Get an 'A' on your mortgage homework

Posted 9 months ago by Pope & Co. Mortgages

 If you’re ready to apply for a mortgage you might need to dust off some of those homework skills to help get your loan application approved. Here's our handy tips on what you need to do to make the application process as seamless as possible.

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First-home buyer? Look to Levin.

Posted 9 months ago by Pope & Co. Mortgages

With rising house prices and not a lot for under $400,000 in most regions, you might be inclined to ask—is it still possible to buy in the $300,000s?

The answer is yes… in Levin.

Maureen and Lee of Seddon St Property Management offer their advice on buying in Horowhenua.

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Market Update December 2018

Posted 10 months ago by Admin

Watch Craig's latest vlog update for December here...

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First-home buyer update: What will my money get me in the Hutt?

Posted 10 months ago by Pope & Co. Mortgages

[Photo: "Eastbourne and Petone, Lower Hutt" by Phillip Capper – under Creative Commons license]

Last month we looked at the Kapiti Coast, and what first-home buyers could expect to get for their money! This month, we’re focusing on the Hutt Valley. So, how does it compare?

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