Results: Fixed rates
Fixed rate rises delayed for now
A couple of weeks ago, discussions centred around increases in bank borrowing costs and rapidly decreasing margins on fixed rate m...
Fixed mortgage interest rates on a timer
Wholesale interest rates in NZ fell to record low levels around October last year. Since then however, we have seen a radical shif...
Have we all been wrong about interest rates remaining low?
Virtually everybody taking out a mortgage at the moment is fixing their interest rate for a one-year period. The trouble with this approach is that it can leave borrowers quite badly exposed when interest rates go up.
A shift in longer term rates
ASB is the latest bank to drop their 4 and 5 year mortgage rates below 3%, joining BNZ and Westpac at 2.99% and it won't be long before the other banks follow suit.
Fixing one-year highly favoured
In my recent survey, 96% of Mortgage Advisors said that people are favouring the one-year term when fixing their mortgage. The reason for doing so is fairly clear – it is the cheapest rate on offer.
Rate cuts are likely to be short term only
Margins are below average for terms of three years and longer. This tell us that unless there's a change in borrowing costs, anyone holding out for further falls in rates is taking quite a gamble.