7 money saving tips to help you worry less this Christmas

The holiday season is almost here. Christmas decorations are going up, retailers are getting ready for the ringing of tills and carols are starting to be piped through the malls. This time of year is usually associated with celebration and anticipation for the summer holidays but it can also be a tough time for people with expectations creating stress and strain, particularly on your wallet. Continue reading…

Home equity: What is it? And why should you care?

The term ‘home equity’ has become a bit of a buzz phrase of late, thanks in part to the release of Auckland Council’s 2014 capital valuation (CV) figures.

An average increase in home values of 29% across the region means some Auckland homeowners found themselves in a position where the equity in their properties had significantly increased. Continue reading…