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22 October 2021

Soaring inflation raises mortgage rate risks

For quite a few months now my central theme with regard to interest rates has been fairly clear. Inflation risks are rising, the R...

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08 October 2021

Interest rates on an upward march

The long-awaited monetary policy tightening cycle has now kicked off in New Zealand as the need for record low interest rates to c...

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27 September 2021

Rising inflation risks

The Reserve Bank delivered some good and bad news for borrowers last week. In the wake of the latest lockdown, interest rates will...

11 February 2021

New borrowers will pay more

If borrowers are approaching taking on a new mortgage with a view (conscious or not) that rates tend to fall over time and debt management is made easy, they had best think again.

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07 September 2020

Mortgage rates set to go under 2%

Following the recent speculation around New Zealand’s Official Cash Rate heading into the negatives, economists are expecting that we could be seeing home loan interest rates drop below 2% for the next couple of years.

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20 April 2020

Does a mortgage holiday affect your credit score?

During the lockdown, many New Zealanders financially affected by Covid-19 have been taking up the banks' offers of going on a mortgage holiday (also referred to as a repayment deferral).

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23 March 2020

Managing your mortgage through the COVID-19 crisis

Squirrel's CEO John Bolton shared some practical advice for homeowners, and how to keep up with mortgage repayments when hit by financial hardship, in a time like this.

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