Mortgages

LVR easing will prompt modest growth

Don’t expect the housing market to take off at a runaway pace following the Reserve Bank’s announcement that the LVR restrictions will be eased from early next year.

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LVR restrictions eased for investors

The Reserve Bank has today loosened the LVR restrictions for both investors and owners-occupiers, with changes coming into effect in January. 

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First home buyers outshine investors

 Investor lending remained flat in October while first home buyers continued their strong resurgence in the property market, latest RBNZ data shows.

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FSR Preview: Will the Reserve Bank loosen LVR restrictions?

The Reserve Bank will publish its latest Financial Stability Report tomorrow, with all eyes on whether it will loosen LVR restrictions. Some economists "expect" loosening, but others say recent heat in the market could cause the central bank to hold off.

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OCR reaction: cut less likely and rates to stay low

Economists believe the Reserve Bank has adopted a slightly more hawkish stance on the OCR, but say the unchanged forecast suggests a continued low interest rate environment.

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What the RBNZ said today

The Official Cash Rate (OCR) remains at 1.75%. We expect to keep the OCR at this level through 2019 and into 2020.

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Investor lending falls in September

Mortgage lending to property investors fell to $1.01 billion last month amid ongoing tightening on interest-only credit, the latest Reserve Bank data shows.

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Investor lending falls in September

Mortgage lending to property investors fell to $1.01 billion last month amid ongoing tightening on interest-only credit, the latest Reserve Bank data shows.

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Time to ease LVRs - ANZ

The Reserve Bank’s criteria for relaxing the existing LVRs have been sufficiently met to justify easing them further, according to ANZ economists.

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LVR easing talk grows

Investors might soon get a break if the Reserve Bank relaxes the LVR restrictions in its next Financial Stability Report as some economists are suggesting it will.

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Today’s OCR statement

The Official Cash Rate will stay at 1.75 percent for now, the Reserve Bank has confirmed. Governor Adrian Orr continued to state the next move could be "up or down".

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Investor lending activity still subdued

New data from the Reserve Bank reveals property investors took a smaller share of overall new mortgage lending in August. More...

Reserve Bank springs surprise with dovish OCR forecast

The Reserve Bank surprised economists by signalling it may keep the OCR rate at 1.75% until 2020, pushing back its forecasts in a dovish statement this morning. More...

Mortgage lending falls in June

Latest data from the Reserve Bank shows mortgage lending tapered off in June following a strong surge in May.

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Avoid the one bank trap

Investors can be controlled by their bank - and get badly caught out when they sell - if they rely on one lender, advisers are warning. More...

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