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Waikato’s growing town of Pokeno

The small town of Pokeno, on the outskirts of Auckland, has quickly become a hotspot for housing, investment, and business. It may be considered a rural town, but boy is it growing! The township is located...

Construction to start on new Countdown Supermarket in Pokeno

Pōkeno has come of age. Waikato District Council has received an application by Woolworths NZ Limited for resource consent to construct and operate a Countdown supermarket at 58 Great South Road. The site is in the...

Summit Homes is now a major sponsor of the Chiefs

Summit Homes is pleased to announce that we will be partnering with the Chiefs Rugby Club as a major sponsor through till 2022. Our support will be evident on the field, with the Summit Homes brand...

5 Benefits of House & Land Packages

House & Land packages give you the best of both worlds – the opportunity to buy a newly built home, as well as the land on which it’s built. If you aren’t quite sure why you should consider it as an option, let us fill you in. Here are our top 5 benefits of a […]

8 quick checks to make when viewing a house

Viewing houses always seems to be the fun part of the home-buying process. It’s easy to get carried away with envisioning yourself living in the house, and forgetting to note some of the key details. If you find yourself falling in love with a house at a viewing, take a breather and go through our […]

Checklist: All the documents you’ll need for a pre-approved mortgage

Wanting to buy a new home? Before you start house hunting, it’s a good idea to apply for a pre-approved mortgage so you know how much you’ll be able to borrow. The pre-approval process allows the bank to run a background check on you to determine whether you will have the resources and the ability […]

10 things you should do before putting your house on the market

Many homebuyers are often also sellers looking to put their house on the market before moving into a new home. Listing your home for sale can seem like a long drawn-out process. To get the ball rolling, here are 10 things we recommend you do before putting your house up for sale. 1. Get rid […]

The what’s, how’s and why’s of a home inspection

So you’ve found a home you’d like to buy, but before you make your final decision, requesting a home inspection is one of the wisest things you can do. Firstly, what is a home inspection? It’s a comprehensive review of the systems, structure, and general ‘health’ of a home, conducted by a qualified, objective inspector.  […]

How much should you borrow when buying a home?

Wondering how much you should borrow to buy a new home? Lenders go by the standard ‘rule of thumb’ that an individual’s monthly housing payment (your mortgage, plus taxes, insurance, etc.) should be no more than 28% of your monthly income, before taxes. However, everyone has different financial situations, so how much should you borrow? […]

How to choose the right mortgage broker

Buying a home is a big step in anyone’s life. It’s often the biggest purchase of our lives and a mortgage is typically our biggest financial commitment we’ll ever have. That’s why it’s so important to find a mortgage broker that’s right for you. Mortgage brokers work as an intermediary between you and the bank, […]

Is it time for you to make a move?

Are you trying to decide whether you should move into a new house? Moving can be disruptive, but it may be the best option, particularly if your decision is predicated on things you can’t change, such as: The neighbourhood is declining or lacks amenities If you currently own a home and your property is losing […]

5 Reasons why Buying a Home is Better than Renting

A question many people face when looking for a place to live, is whether to buy or rent? Although renting does have its certain advantages – less upfront investment, and the ability to move when your agreement or lease is up without having to sell – for most people buying a home is a much […]

The Ultimate Guide: How to plan for buying a new home

The thought of buying a new home can be a little daunting, but it doesn’t have to be a scary or stressful experience. With time, care, and research, you can take control of the home-buying process. To prepare yourself for the dream of owning your own home, here are 7 steps you’ll want to follow. […]

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