Month: March 2019

 

Tragedy in Christchurch

In the wake of the horrific events on Friday the 15th of March 2019, we have all had occasion to reflect on what is happening in our little country. I thought (hell I think we all thought) that we were immune from this sort of horrendous hate crime way down here in the South Pacific but sadly, that naivety has now been proved wrong.

As my sister in law has just so eloquently and poignantly put it in a Facebook post, today we get to hug those we love, tell them we love them in person or give them a call or send them, a message, but for 50 families this week that is not the case.

Like many of you, I have been so impressed with the reaction of particularly Cantabrians, but in truth, all of New Zealand, in rallying around the Muslim community to show them that they are not alone, their pain is our pain and that we all hurting at this terrible crime which has been committed at their place of worship.

My business, like some other law firms, has tried to do its little bit by offering the services of our bi-lingual lawyer, Sandra Iskander, who speaks both English and Arabic fluently. That offer remains true and if any family affected by this dreadful tragedy requires pro bono legal services, you are welcome to call Kannangara Thomson on 377-4421 and, ask for Sandra in the first instance. If your legal query is outside the scope of her experience, she will find someone else who can help you.

I think we can all be proud of the reaction of our government, our country and our people. Evil cannot triumph where there is love, compassion, unity and understanding.




Welcome Home Loans

This article is kindly supplied courtesy of the team at Advanced Mortgage Solutions. Their expert team can assist you with any aspect of obtaining a home loan and if you are looking for expert help from a mortgage broker in Christchurch, we can highly recommend Scott and his team.

The Welcome Home Loan product has been put in place to help first home buyers purchase a property for themselves.

For many home buyers, the problem with getting a normal home loan is finding the deposit. Most lenders currently require a minimum 20 percent deposit. With a Welcome Home Loan you only need a 10 percent deposit.

Help with your deposit is available.

There are several deposit assistance options available:

  • Your deposit can be gifted by a relative (Please contact us for clarification around the gifting tules).
  • You can apply for a KiwiSaver Deposit Subsidy or KiwiSaver Savings Withdrawal.
  • You can team up with other borrowers to put together your deposit and purchase a home.

Maximum amount you can borrow:

The maximum amount you can borrow with a Welcome Home Loan depends on the region you are buying in. Each region has a maximum house price cap. The maximum loan for that region is the house price cap less your 10 percent deposit.

Find out your regional purchase price cap below.

  • Auckland – $600,000.00        
  • Hamilton City, Tauranga City, Western Bay of Plenty District, Kapiti Coast District, Porirua City, Upper Hutt City, Hutt City, Wellington City, Nelson City, Tasman District, Waimakariri District, Christchurch City, Selwyn District, Queenstown Lakes District                                               All – $500,000.00
  • Rest of New Zealand – $400,000.00

Additionally, to incentivise the supply of new builds, the Minister has established a second tier of house price caps. For new builds, each house price cap is $50,000 greater than the cap for existing homes. 

RegionHouse price cap for existing/older propertiesHouse price cap for new properties
Auckland$600,000$650,000
Hamilton City, Tauranga City, Western Bay of Plenty District, Kapiti Coast District, Porirua City, Upper Hutt City, Hutt City, Wellington City, Nelson City, Tasman District, Waimakariri District, Christchurch City, Selwyn District, Queenstown Lakes District$500,000$550,000
Rest of New Zealand$400,000$450,000

There are two income caps that apply for a Welcome Home Loan.

  • For one borrower you must have earned no more than $85,000.00 (before tax) in the last 12 months.

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Are you eligible for a Welcome Home Loan?

  • If you are borrowing with one or more other people you must have a combined household income of $130,000 or less (before tax) in the last 12 months

You will need to meet the specific lending criteria below.

  • You must be a New Zealand citizen or a permanent New Zealand resident  (holding a ‘Permanent Resident Visa’).
  • Have worked with the same employer for 12 months (there are some cases where this can be 6 months)   –  Cannot earn over the limits put in place
  • Cannot purchase property over capped limits

                
Other things you need to know:

  • Cannot currently own property (If you have owned property in the past there a couple of circumstances where the Welcome Home Loan product can be used).
  • The Welcome Home Loan is for owner-occupied properties only and cannot be used for rental or investment properties.  –  You must not own any other property.
  • You may need to pay fees such as application fees or Lenders Mortgage Insurance fees.