Lending predictions for 2021

Interest rates will remain at historic lows for the next two years and banks will become more receptive to new customers this year, predicts economist Tony Alexander.

ANZ predicts fewer OCR cuts

ANZ has revised its forecast for the official cash rate, predicting only one cut next year to 0.1%.

Little hope on turnaround times

Mortgage advisers predict there will be little progress made on turnaround times this year, as processing times continue to deteriorate across the industry. 

Record mortgage lending in November

Mortgage lending jumped to $9.2 billion in November – $1.5 billion more than the previous record monthly total – according to new Reserve Bank data.

Lowest-ever big bank rate from Westpac

Westpac has launched the lowest ever big four bank rate, unveiling a new one-year mortgage at 2.29%.

Access to capital is key to rebooting our small business economy

If 2020 has made one thing clear, it is that New Zealand’s economy depends on small business.

Is the housing market cooling off?

A new survey of mortgage advisers shows "solid evidence of things cooling off" in the housing market, with the impact of LVR changes and pressure on landlords ramping up.

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