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SUMMER IN NEW ZEALAND MEANS CHRISTMAS NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS. Most people enjoy swimming at the beaches or the picturesque lakes, bushwalking (no snakes or deadly spiders), BBQs at the beach or at your house and generally a very relaxing time for everyone. Nice to have evergreen fields, blooming flowers and trees, daylight saving and warm days. It also reflects on the housing/finance market with many settlements at Christmas and new properties on the market late January. Great time to start househunting after your holiday, but remember to get your preapproval from Mary before househunting!!! New Zealand is a great place to live not only for lifestyle but for jobs, education and purchasing property. A huge factor is low interest rates. If you require a mortgage preapproval (valid 3 months) and seriously looking at properties in New Zealand then contact Mary.

SO MUCH IN NEW ZEALAND HAS OCCURRED IN 2018. First the most important event was Fixed Interest Rates Hit "rock bottom" record at 3.9% for the first time. Second All Blacks winning the Bledisloe Cup again, but surprisingly losing to the Irish!!, Third Law Changes October 2018 with a ban on Nonresidents purchasing "existing" residential properties (with exception of New Zealand, Asutralian and Singaporean citizens). New properties are excluded from the law.

FINANCIAL NEWS - The Reserve Bank increasing the Loan to Valuation Ratio (LVR) from 65% to 70% finance for investment property from 1 January 2019. For Owner Occupiers and First Home Owners from 1 January 2019 the "speed limit" was lifted on high LVR lending over 80% from 15% to 20% of all bank lending. Great change for First Home Buyers!!!

GDP for Q2 (June 2018) was 2.7%.

UNEMPLOYMENT RATE HAS FALLEN TO A 10 YEAR LOW FOR Q4 2018 at 3.99% (down from 4.77% Q3 2017).

"BRIGHT LINE" TAX on investment ownership extended from 2 to 5 years (taxed on property sale profit)

PROPERTY MARKET - New Zealand average median house increased 5.4% in as of 31 October 2018 to $681,802, Auckland Region increased slightly at 1.1% to $1,049,689 , Tauranga increased 3.3% to $709,746 (Nov 17 $687,310), Wellington Region increased 10.2% to $672,701, Nelson increased 7.7% to $593,947. Christchruch decreased 0.3% to $494,082, Queenstown Lakes District increased 8% to $1,180,082 and Dunedin increased 10.5% to $422,674. So you can see that since the Reserve Bank LVR finance was decreased in October 2016 to 60% then January 2018 65% and now January 2019 70% it has seemed to calm the market down with the most affected areas being Christchurch and Auckland.

FIRST HOME BUYERS - with latest Kiwibuild homes and access to your deposit from your Kiwisaver Superannuation. Refer to Housing New Zealand website to see if you quality www.hnzc.co.nz. There are purchase price and personal income limits. Up to 90% finance (conditions apply).

REMEMBER ALL NONRESIDENTS MUST HAVE A NZ TAX FILE NUMBER BEFORE before they can settle any New Zealand Property and must provide their overseas tax file number.

RENTAL AND VALUES: When you look at such a diversified value in New Zealand and look at rental return on the Government website (outlined on this website "Useful Links"), you will see the capital growth and rental returns that suit you pertaining to the New Zealand location you wish to purchase.

Remember all nonresidents must have a NZ tax file number before they can settle any New Zealand Property and must provide their overseas tax file number.

Remember there is NO STAMP DUTY and NO LAND TAX in New Zealand. You normally require your deposit for the property plus approximately NZ$1,500 legals to NZ solicitor to acquire a New Zealand property if you have a NZ or Australian passport/citizenship.

Refer to my "CASE STUDIES" on this website of many Australian residents, Ex Pat Kiwis living in Australia and overseas people investing or moving to NZ. There are many happy clients. Contact Mary from New Zealand Mortgage Solutions Pty Ltd for a preapproval from a choice of leading New Zealand banks/lenders.

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New Zealand Finance For New Zealanders Living In NZ or Moving to Australia

New Zealand Mortgages

Mary O’Brien sets out to help New Zealanders people achieve a life’s ambition of owning property or investing in a great property asset ‘Downunder’.

Mary O’Brien is uniquely positioned to help the New Zealanders obtain finance in New Zealand and Australia. Accredited with 18 New Zealand banks/lenders and 35 Australian banks/lenders, Mary can obtain a bank letterhead pre-approval for a NZ or Australian property. It gives you, the buyer, the confidence and comfort in knowing just how much you can borrow and is usually valid for 90 days.

Mary through her personal experience of living in Australia and New Zealand, understands the ups-and-downs, the twists-and-twirls of purchasing a property to live in or as an investment. She is delighted to be in a position in being able to assist New Zealanders Downunder. To read the latest financial, real estate and lifestyle news in New Zealand, checkout our newsletter.

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We have compiled a handy checklist of you so you can begin to understand the process involved in getting a New Zealand mortgage.

We the recommend you read the section about NZ home loans and then take a look at our case studies to get an idea of the wide range of people we have helped.

New Zealand Mortgage Can Help You:

  • Before you go to New Zealand.
  • During the procedures when you visit New Zealand.
  • Obtaining valuation from Registered Valuers in New Zealand to enable unconditional approval.
  • Ensure solicitor, bank, valuer and New Zealand Mortgages Solutions all help clients towards settlement.
  • Visit our useful links page for important websites you will find useful.

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