latest community

News

The CCFA (responsible lending act).

The act was widely attacked for needlessly adding expensive paperwork to mortgage advisers, and for blocking credit to solid borrowers who would normally sail though the approvals process.

These outcomes led to a blitz of criticism and the Government agreed to review the new rules less than two months after they were enacted.

The first of two tranches of that review process is well underway and draft proposals have just been given to the lending industry for further feedback.

The proposals include excluding savings and investments from the definition of the ‘listed outgoings’ of a would-be borrower.

They also propose that when would-be borrowers’ likely living expenses are benchmarked against statistical data, then there is no need for lenders to trawl through their bank statements.

This last proposal would remove the notorious cups of latte that got added to a customer’s living costs. The rules on this were so onerous, that lenders did not have the leeway to enquire about how this spending might change after a loan was agreed to.

This rule applied even though most borrowers trim their expenses as new obligations fall due, especially mortgage payments for something as important as a home to live in.

The proposed changes would allow a lender to enquire into likely behavioural changes such as these.

Other changes refer to issues like a borrowers’ ‘reasonable surplus’, and any ‘obvious’ affordability of a loan.

These and other changes are hoped to be enacted in June after the current period of consultation is dealt with.

The second tranche of reform is still being analysed by MBIE officials but is likely to be on the slow train from China.

Another significant failure under the watchful eye of Grant Robinson and Stuart Nash.

So let’s look at what has sold this month:

Hobsonville                               $675,000 to $2,000,000

Massey                                     $662,000 to $1,555,000

Swanson                                  $760,000 to $3,700,000

Waitakere                                 $770,000

West Harbour                           $1,105,000 to $1,900,000

Westgate                                  $1,120,000 to $1,230,000

Whenuapai                              $1,398,000

Give me a call today on 0800 900 700 for more information. After 17 years of making people my priority in real estate, you will benefit from unparalleled experience, care and commitment. It costs no more to use a more experienced customer focused agent that puts you, front and centre.  Graham McIntyre phone 027 632 0421 email graham.mcintyre@mikepero.com - Mike Pero Real Estate Ltd Licensed REAA (2008).

7 Jul

NorthWest rewards schools

It’s back for 2022. NorthWest Shopping Centre is giving away a total prize pool of $6000 to three lucky West Auckland schools, and you get to vote for who wins. Every $1 spent = 1 point. PLUS, vote for your school until 24 July and be in to WIN* a $500 NorthWest gift card!

*T&Cs apply, see northwestshoppingcentre.co.nz for more info.

read more >

4 Jul

Scott Point School

Scott Point School at 11 Scott Road opened its gates for the first time after operating in the temporary site since the beginning of 2021. After the blessing of the buildings the previous week, an open afternoon for families to do a walkthrough and the moving in of all the furniture, the school was ready for children to start in their new classrooms from Tuesday the 3rd of June, 2022...

read more >

1 Jul

Mitre 10 Mega Westgate

In 2014 Dave and Elaine Hargreaves were joined by their team in throwing open the doors to the brand-new Mitre 10 MEGA Westgate. Their months of hard work now allowed them to welcome customers to a store offering a huge range of products designed to help Kiwis make their homes a better place to live...

read more >

latest issue available

July 2022

the Westerly July 2022

read it now

Advertise in the Westerly

Find out how you can reach over 10,000 households and businesses across Westgate, West Harbour, Hobsonville and Massey