Mortgages

OCR below 1% increasingly likely: Kiwibank

The need for the Reserve Bank to cut the Official Cash Rate to 1% and below looks "increasingly likely" according to economists at Kiwibank.

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LVR rules could be permanent

LVR restrictions on mortgage lending could be a "permanent setting", according to Reserve Bank deputy governor Geoff Bascand.

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The takeover: more mortgages for FHBs

First home buyers have now taken over from investors in the mortgage lending stakes, new Reserve Bank data reveals.

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10 market predictions for the rest of 2019

It’s been an eventful year for the residential property market so far but now’s a good time to look at what might be in store for the rest of 2019, declares Core Logic senior property economist Kelvin Davidson.

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OCR decision revealed

The Reserve Bank has kept the Official Cash Rate on hold at the record low of 1.5%. Here's why.

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It’s not just about mortgage rates

Historically low mortgage rates might boost the housing market but they are not the only factor at play in the market, according to ASB economists.

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Economists predict new record low for OCR

Economists at one of New Zealand's major banks believe lending rates could get even cheaper by the end of the year.

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LVR restrictions to remain at current level: RBNZ

The Reserve Bank has decided against easing loan to value ratio restrictions, and believes current settings "remain appropriate for now".

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Investor activity subdued in April

Investors borrowed just $988 million in April, down from $1.26 billion in the same month last year, according to new figures from the Reserve Bank.

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LVR restrictions stabilise property market: RBNZ

Loan to value ratio restrictions play a crucial role in promoting financial stability, the Reserve Bank has concluded, following a review of macroprudential policy.

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OCR decision revealed

The Reserve Bank has taken the bold step of cutting the Official Cash Rate to a new record low of 1.50%. Here’s why.

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Investor lending weak in March

The latest Reserve Bank lending data reveals investors borrowed more than $1 billion in March, the highest figure since November, but a 10% fall on the same period last year.

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Price wars to support property market: CoreLogic

Mortgage rate wars will underpin property market growth following a "sluggish" start to the year, according to research firm CoreLogic.

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New flames to fan housing market

The demise of the capital gains tax proposal and record low mortgage rates will led to a pick-up in housing demand and boost the market, ASB economists say.

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Reserve Bank stuns economists with OCR cut prediction

The Reserve Bank has surprised economists by stating the next OCR move is "likely to be down" due to slowing domestic and global growth. 

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