How to play the ‘supermarket game’

Like to save money at the supermarket? Here are some common ‘tricks of the trade’, and the strategies to keep control of your spending. When money is tight or you’re saving for your family’s future, every dollar counts and that includes grocery spending. But as we know all too well, supermarkets have a way of…

How the property market performed during lockdown

Read on for our latest update on the New Zealand property market. As was widely expected, REINZ’s April 2020 data show an unprecedented decrease in the number of properties sold across the country during lockdown: down 78.5 per cent from April 2019 (and down 82.4 per cent excluding Auckland). But so far, house prices have held up….

Feeling stressed out? Five ways to melt stress away

Five tips from the expert to help alleviate stress during these unprecedented times. If there’s one word that we’ve all seen a lot in recent times, it’s probably “unprecedented”. We experienced an unprecedented global pandemic. We were put in an unprecedented lockdown. Unfortunately, that’s meant a lot of people are facing unprecedented levels of stress….

What to know about LVR changes

RBNZ-enforced LVRs gone for 12 months: What difference does it make? As you’ll have heard, the Reserve Bank has lifted loan-to-value restrictions for the next 12 months. But with the rules relaxed, at least for now, what will it really mean for buyers, and for the property market at large? Here are some key things…

Kiwi tips and ‘hacks’ to warm your house for less

Winter is here again, and with it usually comes higher electricity bills. But this doesn’t mean you should choose between having a warm, healthy home and keeping more money in your pockets. What you need is to maximise your energy efficiency and get more value for your money. Besides insulation, LED light bulbs and shorter…

Property market showing “some signs of recovery”

Here’s how the market performed under Alert Level 3 and Level 2, according to REINZ’s latest residential data. As widely anticipated, the property market continued to feel the impact of Covid-19 restrictions in May, but not without some signs of recovery. Here’s how the market performed under Alert Level 3 and Level 2, according to REINZ’s…