Is Property Investment in NZ During COVID-19 a Good Idea?

Original article from Mortgage Supply Company HERE

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Property investment in New Zealand has proven over time to be an incredibly lucrative strategy for investors, with the growth of the housing market and the increase in demand for residential property. In fact, last year the nationwide median house price soared by 12.3% to NZ$629,000, according to the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ). That's a tidy increase in value from the previous year’s rise of 1.8%.

However, since COVID-19 hit New Zealand in March this year, the property market has been an ever-evolving and changing industry, raising the question with investors: Is property investment in New Zealand During COVID-19 a good idea?

We've taken a look at the statistics and reached out to some of the country's property investment industry leaders; Phil Thompson, Co-Founder of Property Education Company Asset Lab and Nick Gentle, Operations and Co-Owner of iFindProperty, to get an...

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Battle of the Banks: Insight into NZ's Current Interest Rate Wars: Mortgage Supply Co

Original article Here

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In reaction to the speculation that the official cash rate and OCR may drop below zero in the months to come and the bid to win the business of Kiwi home buyers as the country recovers from COVID-19, we've seen the banks enter what looks like an interest rate war.

In fact, just last week ASB made the move to offer a record-breaking low two-year fixed rate of 2.69%, and Kiwi Bank responded to the forecast change by offering a one-year rate of 2.65%. These rates have literally never been seen before, even considering back in '08 after the GFC when interest rates plummeted by around 3% (from 8.6% to 5.9% fixed) the competitive and reactive environment we're witnessing now is utterly unprecedented.

So what's the reasoning behind the extremely low interest rates and New Zealand Bank wars? Well, ASB executive manager of retail banking, Craig Sims, stated;

"This has been a difficult time for a lot of our customers. While we have put in place a number of support...
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