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What lies ahead for the housing market

31 March 2020 - As New Zealand begins to settle into the “new normal” of the Covid-19 lockdown, commentators have started releasing their (tentative) outlooks for the housing market. Here’s a summary of some of them...

OCR cut: advisers predict slowdown

16 March 2020 - The Reserve Bank's decision to lower the official cash rate to 0.25% is good news for borrowers, but advisers fear Covid-19 will significantly slow activity in the housing market.

Will mortgage rates fall much further?

6 March 2020 - An official cash rate cut looks increasing likely amid the Covid-19 outbreak, but economists doubt mortgage rates will drop much further than current levels.

Investors get chance to fund home loans through Squirrel; Harmoney exits

13 February 2020 - Squirrel has opened up its mortgage lending book to peer-to-peer funders, providing access to retail investors as Harmoney pulls out of the P2P market.

Reset policies will prompt price rises - Westpac

10 September 2019 - KiwiBuild “reset” policies will boost demand, rather than supply, and that will lead to house price rises, Westpac’s economists are predicting.

Low deposits won’t lead to mortgage free for all

5 September 2019 - 5% deposits for first home buyers – it’s one of the centrepieces of the KiwiBuild “reset” – but advisers are asking whether it will actually make the sort of difference hoped for.

Altered landscape for investors

7 February 2019 - This year’s Squirrel property investors’ survey reveals that uncertainty over government policy changes reigns supreme and that’s impacting on how investors go about their business.

NZ advisers hit out at Royal Commission

5 February 2019 - New Zealand mortgage advisers have expressed their disappointment at recommendations from Australia's Royal Commission, including bans on commission and a possible move to a fee-for-service model.

Advisers welcome interest-only boost

10 January 2019 - The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority has relaxed restrictions on interest-only lending, and mortgage advisers hope the decision will have a positive impact on New Zealand's lending market. 

Squirrel innovates with construction loans

12 December 2018 - Mortgage adviser group Squirrel has launched an innovative product to help first home buyers get on the property ladder.

Advisers face interest-only lending restrictions

27 March 2018 - Leading New Zealand mortgage brokers have voiced their concerns about tightening restrictions on interest-only loans, as Australian lenders clamp down on the products.

Future of financial services

19 December 2017 - Artificial intelligence (AI) has hit New Zealand’s mortgage sector with the launch this week of a chat bot aimed at first home buyers.

PM rules out DTI ratio idea

16 August 2017 - Prime Minister Bill English has ruled out allowing the Reserve Bank to bring in debt-to-income ratios. It had suggested limiting loans to no more than five times borrowers’ incomes.

Financial Advice NZ set for take-off

3 August 2017 - Financial Advice NZ's working group has revealed the board who will lead it through the establishment phase.

Adviser smashes speed golf record

13 December 2016 - He holds the record for being the fastest over 10km on crutches and now Squirrel mortgage adviser, Brad Luiten can add another Guiness World Record accolade to his name.  

Squirrel looking for more opportunities

20 September 2016 - Squirrel Money founder John Bolton says he probably would not have bothered with peer-to-peer lending if he had not been able to see opportunities beyond it.

Squirrel launches secondary market

3 August 2016 - Peer-to-peer lender Squirrel Money is to launch a secondary market for its investors next week.

Squirrel raises $3.5 million to help with expansion

12 April 2016 - John Bolton's mortgage broking and peer-to-peer lending business, Squirrel, has raised $3.5 million through a crowdfunding offer to help the business expand.

Squirrel offer open to public

5 April 2016 - Squirrel has opened its equity crowdfunding offer to the public which was previously available via Snowball Effect only to Squirrel’s database of clients...

Squirrel offer open

4 April 2016 - Squirrel’s equity crowdfunding offer has been made open to the public. It had previously been available via Snowball Effect only to Squirrel’s database...

Squirrel offer may go public

26 March 2016 - Squirrel's equity crowdfunding offer may be made available to the general public early next month. The mortgage broker and peer-to-peer lender is raising...

Harmoney puts brakes on secondary market

22 March 2016 - Peer-to-peer lender Harmoney is putting a secondary market on the back burner because it says it is not a priority for investors.

Squirrel exceeds target

14 March 2016 - Two days after releasing its offer documents, Squirrel’s equity crowdfunding offer had already exceeded its target.

$4m may be coming from Squirrel investors

8 March 2016 - Squirrel founder John Bolton says there are indications clients will put up $4 million in its equity crowdfunding offer, launched today.

Squirrel investors to receive offer docs

4 March 2016 - Squirrel’s founder has revealed an ambitious plan for growth ahead of a share market listing within the next 18 months. Read here.  ...

Squirrel investors get offer docs today

4 March 2016 - Squirrel’s founder has revealed an ambitious plan for growth ahead of a share market listing within the next 18 months.

[VIDEO] John Bolton talks to TMM Online

1 March 2016 - HIgh profile mortgage adviser John Bolton recently won a top award for the volume of business he wrote last year, here he talks to Philip Macalister about what's happening in the market.

Bolton looks to squirrel away investors' money

11 February 2016 - Mortgage broking firm Squirrel is offering its client base and other supporters a slice of the company.

Bolton: How do investors know P2P right for them?

9 December 2015 - Peer-to-peer platforms need to start regularly disclosing information to their investors about more than just the individual loans they are invested in, one provider has argued.

Harmoney changes fee structures

4 December 2015 - Harmoney is now charging a flat upfront fee of $375 to borrowers, replacing a percentage model that was being investigated by the Commerce Commission.

Squirrel promises low rates

2 November 2015 - Squirrel Money has opened for business and is promising market-beating personal loan rates.

Squirrel Money launches

1 November 2015 - Squirrel Money has got off to a soft launch. The peer-to-peer lender had been set to launch on October 29 but Squirrel founder John Bolton said that had...

Launch date set for Squirrel Money

16 October 2015 - Squirrel Money is set to launch in less than a fortnight.

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Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
AIA 4.55 3.19 3.19 3.49
AIA Special - 2.69 2.69 2.99
ANZ 4.44 3.15 3.25 ▼3.39
ANZ Special - ▼2.55 ▼2.69 ▼2.79
ASB Bank 4.45 3.19 3.19 3.49
ASB Bank Special - 2.69 2.69 2.99
Bluestone 4.44 4.44 4.44 4.44
BNZ - Classic - 2.65 2.69 2.99
BNZ - Mortgage One 5.15 - - -
BNZ - Rapid Repay 4.60 - - -
BNZ - Std, FlyBuys 4.55 3.25 3.29 3.59
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
BNZ - TotalMoney 4.55 - - -
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 4.75 4.75 -
Credit Union South 5.65 4.75 4.75 -
First Credit Union Special 5.85 3.35 3.85 -
Heartland 3.95 2.89 2.97 3.39
Heartland Bank - Online - - - -
Heretaunga Building Society 4.99 4.35 4.45 -
HSBC Premier 4.49 2.60 2.65 2.80
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
HSBC Premier LVR > 80% - - - -
HSBC Special - - - -
ICBC 3.99 2.58 2.68 2.79
Kainga Ora 4.43 3.29 3.39 3.85
Kiwibank 3.40 3.40 3.54 4.00
Kiwibank - Capped - - - -
Kiwibank - Offset - - - -
Kiwibank Special 3.40 2.65 2.79 3.25
Liberty 5.69 - - -
Nelson Building Society 4.95 3.45 3.49 -
Pepper Essential 4.79 - - -
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
Resimac 3.49 3.45 3.39 3.69
SBS Bank 4.54 3.29 3.19 3.49
SBS Bank Special - 2.79 2.69 2.99
The Co-operative Bank - Owner Occ 4.40 ▼2.69 ▼2.75 ▼2.99
The Co-operative Bank - Standard 4.40 ▼3.19 ▼3.25 ▼3.49
TSB Bank 5.34 3.59 3.49 3.79
TSB Special 4.54 ▼2.65 2.69 2.99
Wairarapa Building Society 4.99 3.75 3.99 -
Westpac 4.59 4.15 4.09 4.49
Westpac - Offset 4.59 - - -
Westpac Special - 2.65 2.69 2.79
Median 4.55 3.19 3.22 3.39

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