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Ryan Smuts: Interest rates are on the up

Interest rates are starting to track up leading to significant cost implications for property investors. Some specific issues to be mindful of: 1. Why are interest rates going up? Interest rate markets are already pricing in a 90% chance of a rise to the OCR in August! The recent RBNZ comments around the Large Scale Asset Purchase (effectively money printing) are also infl...
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Kelvin Davidson: There’s never a dull moment in the property market

Over the past month the property market has remained at the forefront of news headlines, so here’s an important reminder of recent key points: Property values are still rising rapidly – in May they were more than 20% higher than a year ago (on the CoreLogic House Price Index) However, there are hints that sales volumes are starting to cool, due to previous measures s...
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Kelvin Davidson: The property investment rule changes have probably finished for now

Clearly, the late-March policy changes made by the Government have altered the economics of using a mortgage to buy further investment properties, coming on top of the higher deposit requirements that have already been in play for a few months now. Then in early May, the Reserve Bank (RBNZ) released the latest Financial Stability Report (FSR), which contained even more discussion ar...
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Ryan Smuts: Can you still get a mortgage after filing for bankruptcy?

When it comes to mortgage lending, in many circumstances it comes down to deposits/equity and your ability to meet loan affordability criteria, which can be different depending on which lender you approach. However, another key area of mortgage lending is your character, which covers your overall position as a borrower – including for example, credit history and ...
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Ryan Smuts: How much money does it take to become a property investor

We meet clients regularly who are looking at getting into property investment and are wondering how much money they need to get going. There are many answers to this question. Much will depend on your intention and financial position. That said, here are some considerations to help you arrive at the appropriate range. If you are buying properties for the first time, you wil...
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Ryan Smuts: 4 things to watch out for when working with 2nd-tier lenders

Second-tier/non-bank lending is not for the faint-hearted. Rules differ widely from traditional property financing. Still, with the banks taking a tough stance on property lending these days, it pays to open up your mind to second-tier lenders to get yourself moving forward. I have been asked to share some not-so-obvious tips with first-time borrowers in the second-tier market: Compari...
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Ryan Smuts: Do banks care about overseas income and debts?

Hell yeah! Banks always want to know your full financial position when assessing lending. They want to understand what your commitments are before they proceed in deciding on whether to lend you further funds. Just because you have liabilities overseas for example, this shouldn’t be treated any differently. It is no different to approaching ANZ for a loan, and not telling them about ...
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Ryan Smuts: Understanding serviceability

I get asked about bank servicing criteria all the time. Comes with the territory I suppose. The cautiousness I totally get. Imagine putting in all the hard work to get prepped up as the ‘ideal borrower’ only to find that the banks are looking at something else entirely different! Say you are after a home loan. You take your living expenses away from your net income to work out your mont...
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Ryan Smuts: How to raise money quickly

In certain markets where properties are moving quickly, your ideal scenario would be to aim at being in a position to purchase and move at the same pace as the market, that is being ready should a good deal presents itself. It is always better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one, than to have an opportunity and be unprepared for it. Our recommendation would be ...
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Ryan Smuts: I’ve just changed jobs, what does my lender need to know?

A little note from us: Though the effects of Covid-19 are being felt acutely across the board at the time of this article being published. We feel that it is important to, as much as possible, keep with our original content schedule to maintain normalcy and provide a balanced range of information to help our readers make better decisions long term. This article was produced before current e...
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