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Understanding KiwiSaver and first home subsidies

Saving a deposit for a house can be challenging for first home buyers, particularly in rapidly rising property markets where the amount you need is a continuously moving target. Don’t worry if you...

Use KiwiSaver and HomeSaver to help

HomeSaver HomeSaver is Westpac's special savings and home loan package, designed to help you fast-track your savings towards your first home. Benefits of HomeSaver include a $1,000 First Home Bo...

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Buying new - first home help

Buying new can be a great way to jump on the property ladder.  We may be seeing property prices slowing across the country, but affordability constraints and rising rental prices are making it h...

8 myths about home buying, debunked

For property buying newbies, the world of house buying can seem like everyone else is speaking a language you’ve never heard before, and the whole process can all seem terribly daunting. And rightf...

Buying your first home in Auckland

It’s no secret to anyone that buying a first home in Auckland is like climbing Mt Everest - it’s a massive achievement that few get to realise, and the road to the top is long and fraught.   The me...

How to save for your first home deposit

Ever since piggy banks were invented, learning to save is a skill that some seem to be better at than others. If you’re more inclined to spend, it’s never too late to learn something new; there’...

Saving for a deposit? Here's how to speed things along

Funnily enough, lenders generally don’t lend 100% of a mortgage – so you’ll need to stump up a deposit for your new home. And it’s not rocket science – the more money you can save for your depos...
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