Results: Mortgage Rates
Will 11% Mortgage Rates Return?
Over the June quarter of this year the average interest rate paid by someone with a mortgage was 4.2%. This was down from 4.9% one...
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 b...
Structural falls in interest rates are almost over
You might think that as an economist I tell people what I think is going to happen. There are certainly elements of that, and generally that is what people look for. But the way to do this is remind people about the long-term underlying forces in play.
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.
What happens with negative interest rates?
Two weeks ago, the Reserve Bank made a point of noting that they are actively examining how a negative interest rates policy might work.
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.