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Time to lock in long term rates?; Kainga Ora rate cuts

Record low mortgage rates will remain in place for much of this year, but some borrowers could be better off locking in long term loans, say ASB economists: [READ ON]

Kainga Ora rates fall this morning. One year rates are available at 2.67%, while two years are available at 2.97%.

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3000 first home buyers take up Welcome Home Loans

The government's major initiative to help first-time buyers, Welcome Home Loans, into their own home has reached 3000 loans.

Tuesday, October 9th 2007, 5:01AM
Housing Minister Chris Carter says it "is a very difficult market for first-time home buyers."

Welcome Home Loans is a mortgage insurance scheme in which Housing New Zealand essentially underwrites private lenders, such as banks and building societies, to give home loans to people who would otherwise have difficulty getting a mortgage under traditional lending criteria.

It is designed to help families who can technically service a loan but are struggling to get into home ownership because they lack a large enough deposit or whose circumstances are complicated.

The scheme enables households to borrow up to $200,000 with no deposit, and up to $280,000 with a smaller deposit than would normally be required.

Carter says uptake of the scheme has continued to rise this year with up to 80 families a month getting approval.

"The Welcome Home Loan scheme is having a big impact in helping first-time buyers in provincial areas in particular," he says.

There has been a significant uptake of the scheme in the Manawatu, Taranaki, Wairarapa, Waikato, King Country and the South Island.

Welcome Home Loans are offered through CBS, Kiwibank, Nelson Building Society, SBS, TSB Bank and some credit unions.

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Mortgage Rates Table

Full Rates Table | Compare Rates

Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
AIA 4.55 2.29 2.59 2.65
ANZ 4.44 2.89 3.25 3.39
ANZ Special - 2.29 2.69 2.79
ASB Bank 4.45 2.29 2.59 2.65
Bluestone 3.49 3.34 2.99 3.34
BNZ - Classic - 2.29 2.59 2.79
BNZ - Mortgage One 5.15 - - -
BNZ - Rapid Repay 4.60 - - -
BNZ - Std, FlyBuys 4.55 2.89 3.19 3.39
BNZ - TotalMoney 4.55 - - -
CFML Loans 4.95 - - -
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
China Construction Bank 4.49 4.70 4.80 4.95
China Construction Bank Special - 2.65 2.65 2.80
Credit Union Auckland 5.45 - - -
Credit Union Baywide 5.65 3.95 3.85 -
Credit Union South 5.65 3.95 3.85 -
First Credit Union Special 5.85 2.95 3.45 -
Heartland Bank - Online 2.50 1.99 2.35 2.45
Heretaunga Building Society 4.99 3.50 3.40 -
HSBC Premier 4.49 2.25 2.35 2.65
HSBC Premier LVR > 80% - - - -
HSBC Special - 1.99 - -
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
ICBC 3.69 2.25 2.35 2.65
Kainga Ora 4.43 ▼2.67 ▼2.97 3.13
Kainga Ora - First Home Buyer Special - 2.25 - -
Kiwibank 3.40 3.20 3.50 3.50
Kiwibank - Offset 3.40 - - -
Kiwibank Special 3.40 2.35 2.65 2.65
Liberty 5.69 - - -
Nelson Building Society 4.95 3.20 3.24 -
Pepper Essential 4.79 - - -
Resimac 3.39 3.35 2.99 3.35
SBS Bank 4.54 2.79 2.79 3.15
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
SBS Bank Special - 2.29 2.29 2.65
Select Home Loans 3.49 3.34 2.99 3.34
The Co-operative Bank - First Home Special - 2.09 - -
The Co-operative Bank - Owner Occ 4.40 2.29 2.59 2.79
The Co-operative Bank - Standard 4.40 2.79 3.09 3.29
TSB Bank 5.34 3.09 3.29 3.45
TSB Special 4.54 2.29 2.49 2.65
Wairarapa Building Society 4.99 3.55 3.49 -
Westpac 4.59 3.09 3.29 3.39
Westpac - Offset 4.59 - - -
Westpac Special - 2.29 2.69 2.79
Median 4.55 2.73 2.99 2.80

Last updated: 8 March 2021 8:01am

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