Auckland property developers feel funding pinch

As Christmas approaches, BNZ’s Chief Economist Tony Alexander cautions that we’ll see a slowdown in the supply of Auckland houses due to lack of finance available to property developers. However, expect a brighter outlook come the New Year. 

Inflation around the world has been lower than expected by practically all of us since 2009 and that has seen interest rates stay at unusually low levels. These low rates have been one of the factors propelling house prices upward. Now things are changing.

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New Zealand’s Deloitte Fast 50 announced

The 16th edition of the New Zealand Deloitte Fast 50 list was announced last night after a day of business inspiration and advice at Villa Maria Estate from some of NZ’s top athletes, business leaders and companies. It’s BNZ’s third year sponsoring the event and 21 of the 50 companies on this year’s list are BNZ customers. BNZ Director of Partners Shelley Ruha on the importance of picking the right partners for your business.  Continue reading…

Auckland property investors: Deposit rise and limited lending possible

BNZ’s Chief Economist Tony Alexander reflects on Auckland’s housing market since the minimum 40% deposit for property investors was introduced and suggests further changes could be coming.

We are now three months into the period when banks have been implementing the Reserve Bank’s policy of requiring investment property purchasers to have a minimum 40% deposit. The evidence to date from this change is that buyers have backed away from the market, resulting in lower auction clearance rates and properties taking slightly longer to sell. Continue reading…

Investors nerves on edge as US election approaches

BNZ Private Bank Analyst, Katie Thompson, gives us an overview of the current state of play and what you can expect to see in financial markets in the lead up to the US election day.

The US presidential election will take place in just over four weeks, on 8 November 2016. The thought of Republican candidate, Donald Trump, becoming the president of the world’s largest economy is making investors nervous, and setting the stage for more market volatility, given his unconventional views and lack of clear policy direction. Continue reading…

Is the Unitary Plan the great saviour of Auckland’s housing crisis?

BNZ’s Chief Economist Tony Alexander reflects on how the Unitary Plan will affect soaring Auckland house prices and future urban growth.

For the third time in three years the Reserve Bank has imposed new rules on the minimum deposit size investors must have when using a mortgage to buy property in Auckland. The first occasion was October 2013 when the 20% minimum was introduced for all borrowers. Then in October 2015 we had the 30% minimum for Auckland investors. Now we have a 40% minimum starting from October this year, although this has already being applied by banks for lending not arranged before the policy was announced a month ago. Continue reading…

Building a support system as a small business owner

Small business owner Caitlin Sykes recently attended a BNZ Connect event and found a supportive community of fellow small and medium-sized business owners.

My day was running at a loss. Several meetings in the central city had left the to-do list back in my home office largely untouched.

So when the calendar alert popped up to tell me it was now time to head out once more, the after-work event I’d optimistically scheduled a couple of weeks earlier suddenly wasn’t looking so doable. Continue reading…