Refinancing your mortgage

November 22nd, 2021|Categories: Blog, Home Loans|Tags: , , , |

Refinancing your mortgage may seem attractive right now, especially if you are being offered a very attractive fixed rate for the next few years.  However, there are some factors you will need to consider before moving to another lender. Refinancing costs What are the costs associated with refinancing to another lender? you could have any (or all) of the following costs. Legal Fees These can vary quite substantially between legal firms, the number of properties you are refinancing, and how complex your financial arrangements are now which will take more work in refinancing your mortgage, then, there are Trusts, Trustees [...]

Surgery waiting lists

October 27th, 2021|Categories: Blog, Health Insurance|Tags: , |

Our public health system may have to tackle a mounting surgery backlog, and surgery waiting lists could grow exponentially if COVID-19 cases soar. Auckland's district health boards have the funding and people to handle the massive task of tackling the region's elective surgery backlog, Health Minister Andrew Little says.  But not everyone shares his optimism. Under the national guidelines for alert level 4, all non-urgent care, including surgery and outpatient appointments, have been postponed.  Auckland's DHBs have not been able to provide exact numbers on how many procedures have been cancelled at this stage. But in June 2020, it was [...]

Pre Approved Home Loan

September 24th, 2021|Categories: Blog, Home Loans|Tags: , , |

Having a Pre Approved Home Loan will provide you greater certainty of what a lender will provide you, and gives you some level of comfort when you go house hunting, but how long does this last and what if the market or the lending criteria changes, what happens to your pre approval. Pre Approvals are limited Pre approval from a lender has a limited time frame, and right now 90 days may be the most time a pre approval will last, then you will need to update your loan application and provide more recent supporting information.  This length of time [...]

Best life insurance company

August 22nd, 2021|Categories: Blog|

Finding the best life insurance company, really depends on what type of cover you are looking for now, what you may need in the future, and whether you can bundle your insurance together to save multiple policy fees. Who is the best company? Each insurance company has its' specific strengths and at certain times their product ratings from independent insurance research houses may change from time to time because of product innovation or lack thereof, and product ratings will change from insurer to insurer. One company may have the best Income Protection rated policy one year, and through product innovation [...]

Debt repayment insurance

July 1st, 2021|Categories: Blog, debt protection, loan repayment insurance|Tags: , , |

Debt repayment insurance can make repayments on your financial commitments if you are unable to work due to sickness or accident and will pay in addition to any ACC you may be entitled to receive. What will debt repayment pay for? Debt repayment insurance can also me called household expenses cover or possibly a variation of other names, but it is specifically to make sure your household can meet its financial obligations and is not limited to just debt and you can insure for costs such as; Early Childcare Costs Electricity Hire Purchase, Bank/ Personal Loan Repayments House, Contents, Car [...]


June 23rd, 2021|Categories: Blog, Health Insurance|Tags: , , , |

Who is PHARMAC and what do they do? Fortunately for us Kiwis, we have PHARMAC who are a government funded agency that decides which medicines and related products are funded in New Zealand. They decide what treatments they subsidise to make drug treatment more affordable or even free, but they have a limited budget and have the task of deciding which treatments they subsidise which also means which ones they cannot.  I use the word cannot because if they could afford to, I am sure they would. Here are some facts you should know about PHARMAC In the 2019/2020 years [...]

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