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Rebel conveyancer strikes mortgage discharge problems

Rebel non-lawyer conveyancer Lester Dempster has struck trouble at the other end of the mortgage process.

Sunday, September 23rd 2001, 10:55AM

by Jenny Ruth

The ANZ Bank is insisting that his clients who have paid off their mortgages and want to discharge them have to do so through a lawyer.

Dempster says there’s no legal requirement for a lawyer. Banks will normally charge a $50 discharge fee and the Land Transfer Office another $38. Dempster says he will take care of the process for a $20 fee but having a lawyer involved will add maybe $100 to $150 to the costs.

"The ANZ Bank says its their policy to insist on lawyers," Dempster says.

Not so, says ANZ Bank. Spokesman Mark Thomas says Dempster is correct that there is no legal requirement to have a lawyer discharge a mortgage.

"We recommend it, but we don’t require it. It is absolutely not a requirement of ANZ," Thomas says. Nevertheless, he conceeds that "I’m sure some of our people recommend it quite strongly."

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Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
ANZ 5.64 4.75 4.85 4.99
ANZ Special - 4.25 4.35 -
ASB Bank 5.55 4.69 4.89 5.25
ASB Bank Special - 4.15 4.39 4.65
BankDirect 5.55 4.69 4.89 5.25
BankDirect Special - 4.15 4.39 4.65
BNZ - Mortgage One 6.30 - - -
BNZ - Rapid Repay 5.75 - - -
BNZ - Special - 4.25 4.39 4.64
BNZ - Std, FlyBuys 5.69 4.85 4.89 4.99
BNZ - TotalMoney 5.69 - - -
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
Credit Union Auckland 6.70 - - -
Credit Union Baywide 5.95 5.25 5.15 -
Credit Union North 6.45 - - -
Credit Union South 6.45 - - -
Finance Direct 6.10 6.45 6.69 7.10
First Credit Union 5.85 - - -
Heartland 6.70 7.00 7.25 7.85
Heretaunga Building Society 5.60 4.85 4.90 -
Housing NZ Corp 5.55 4.69 4.85 4.99
HSBC Premier 6.10 4.25 4.39 4.59
HSBC Premier LVR > 80% - - - -
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
HSBC Special - 4.25 4.25 -
ICBC 5.60 4.39 4.69 4.99
Kiwibank 5.45 4.70 4.75 4.75
Kiwibank - Capped - - - -
Kiwibank - Offset 5.50 - - -
Kiwibank Special - 4.29 4.25 4.85
Liberty - - - -
Napier Building Society 6.50 5.80 6.70 -
Nelson Building Society 6.10 4.85 4.99 -
NZ Home Loans 5.85 4.69 4.75 5.09
Perpetual Trust 7.70 - - -
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
Resimac 5.59 5.24 5.29 5.39
SBS Bank 5.59 4.75 4.89 4.99
SBS Bank Special - 4.10 4.29 4.65
Sovereign 5.65 4.69 4.89 5.09
Sovereign Special - 4.15 4.39 4.65
The Co-operative Bank 5.45 4.25 4.35 4.65
TSB Bank 5.54 4.85 4.95 5.25
TSB Special - 4.35 4.19 4.79
Wairarapa Building Society 6.20 5.75 5.95 -
Westpac 5.75 4.79 4.89 4.99
Westpac - Capped rates - 5.15 5.25 -
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
Westpac - Offset 5.75 - - -
Westpac Special - 4.25 4.39 4.80
Median 5.75 4.69 4.85 4.99

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