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So, you want to invest in a property?

Investing in property is often heralded as part of the Kiwi dream. Us Kiwis love our property investing! If you’re ready to take the plunge and look at investing in property here’s a few tips to get you started. Finance Before embarking on the search for the perfect property you first need to make sure you can finance it. Have a chat to a financial advisor and mortgage broker to see what’s possible and how you can leverage any existing assets to help with your purchase. A chat with our hom...

March 4, 2019

A Few Financial F’s for February

With a new year comes new financial commitments and the need to focus on how our money is going to work for us in the year ahead. At NZ Advice Group we have three talented financial planners who’ve contributed their Financial Fs for February to give you some ideas of what to think about in February to start your year off on the right track. Fees Fees are a fact of life when it comes to finances. But regularly reviewing your bank account options to make sure you’re not paying unnecessary fees...

February 5, 2019

Goal setting

The end of one year and the start of another always feels like a good chance to start afresh. It’s time to wipe the slate clean and set new goals. Before you do this, take a moment to look back over the past year. Grab a pen and paper and write down three things you achieved and three things that you could have been done better. This will help you focus your intentions and start your planning for what you want out of the new year. While it’s true that 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail, w...

January 17, 2019

Tips for a Smooth Financial Christmas Season

It’s the same date every year, but it still seems to always catch us by surprise. We’re talking about the season to be jolly but there’s nothing jolly about your bank balance taking a severe bashing. Combine your creativity with some smart planning and you can avoid spending the first half of the next year paying off the debt you accrued over the silly season. Remember, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail! Gift giving, going out and groceries are expenditures that can easily get out of h...

November 19, 2018

Making a Claim

We take out insurance to cover us at times when we need it. But when it comes time to access our cover, the process of making a claim can be a time of uncertainty and overwhelm. Can I claim for this? Which forms should I use? How do I lodge the claim? When will I receive my money? The questions come hard and fast and it might just feel like it’s all too much. Working with an adviser makes it easier as we are here to help you put the paperwork together, answer any questions and guide you throug...

October 29, 2018

Budgeting Tools

When it comes to money matters are you a saver or a spender? Do you keep elaborate spreadsheets accounting for every cent spent or are you more prone to burying your head in the sand and not giving much thought to where your money goes?We often associate the word ‘budget’ with scrimping, denial and restriction. Readily-available credit and our desire for instant gratification can easily lead to overspending. We don’t want it now, we want it yesterday! This makes it’s easy to overestimate...

September 12, 2018

ACC – Are you paying too much?

ACC – Accident Compensation Corporation – is a no-fault scheme that covers both New Zealand residents and visitors to the country. The scheme provides financial compensation and support to offset costs incurred by anyone who has been injured in an accident, regardless of how it occurred or whose fault it was. Founded back in 1974, it is a compulsory scheme which aims to improve the quality of life in New Zealanders. It is quite unique with only a handful of countries around the world operati...

August 14, 2018

Alternative investment to property

Investing in property is not for everyone. Some don’t want to deal with maintenance, pay rates, insurance, property management, and everything else owning property entails. Others are simply looking for a faster return on investment (ROI).   Property investment is not liquid. If you need money fast for example to pay for a health problem or to buy a new car etc. you can’t sell a bedroom or a bathroom to arrange fast cash. Sure, you could increase or take out a mortgage on the property,...

July 16, 2018

Selling your home?

Whether you are selling your home to upsize or downsize, you want to make sure you get top dollar. If you’re about to put your home on the market, then you’ll want to read these tips to ensure you maximise the return on one of your biggest investments. 1. Make a Great First Impression Curb appeal can easily get a 100% return on the money. So, view your house exterior and front yard with a critical eye. A lick of paint and a bit of landscaping can go a long way in enticing potential buyers to...

June 12, 2018

Is it time to review your insurance?

When was the last time you reviewed your insurance policies? A recent study found only 41% of people had reviewed their cover in the last two years. If you’re one of the remaining 59%, this could mean that you have the wrong cover for your current needs. You might have gaps in your cover or be paying too much for unneeded cover. Taking out insurance to cover health, family, and income is not a set and forget exercise. Lifestyles and situations change, and your insurance needs to keep pace. Fa...

May 1, 2018

Have you had any changes in your life recently?

The Greek philosopher, Heraclitus, said that the only thing that is constant is change. And we can’t argue with that.Sometimes we plan changes, while other times they occur unexpectedly. Major life changes include: getting married having a baby adoption gaining/losing a dependent divorce loss of a spouse through death or divorce remarriage becoming a step-parent Be it a happy or sad occasion, one thing these changes have in common is that they all require some level of administration. When you...

April 4, 2018

Home inspections – yes or no?

Buying a home Buying a home is exciting. You discover your dream home and immediately envisage moving in. Maybe you’ve already started mentally renovating and decorating it to your taste. However, before getting caught up in all the excitement and signing on the dotted line, it’s worth taking a step back and seeking independent advice. Remember, once the deal is signed, sealed and delivered, the house is yours – along with any issues it may have. Removing the rose-coloured glasses and tak...

February 26, 2018

Opportunity of a lifetime or scam?

For many people it’s an easy distinction to make, but scams continue to succeed because people continue to fall prey to them. Phishing Phishing is an attempt to trick you into revealing personal and sensitive information via email or an internet site.  Who hasn’t received an email from someone in Nigeria promising to reward you for helping them transfer a large amount of money out of the country? All you have to do is supply them with – you guessed it – your complete bank det...

January 31, 2018

Plan ahead for a successful 2018

The beginning of a new year signals a fresh start. Every year we resolve to..........Making resolutions is easy. So too is breaking them. Keeping to them is the challenge. Follow this easy 4-step plan to break the cycle and enjoy a successful year ahead.1. Look Back Before racing ahead take time to look back. Think about the previous year and ask yourself the following questions: What went well? What didn’t go so well? What was in my control? What was outside my control? What was I most pro...

January 17, 2018

Be safe in the sun this summer

We associate summer with fun, festivities, and freedom. Christmas, New Year, holidays. Time to chill out, relax, take a holiday, and enjoy precious hours with family and friends. We don’t start the summer thinking about accidents. While they occur all year round, certain risks are heightened during the summer months. More people on the roads, in the water, increased alcohol consumption – these can all lead to injuries and accidents. Often preventable ones. Summer hazards Think of burns – ...

November 27, 2017

How to stop your life insurance premiums increasing each year

With the experience gained from the interactions he had with so many of our clients in his previous position, Sudesh is confident that he will continue to provide the advice and service that will give you the assurance you need when dealing with your insurance cover. Sudesh is currently going through further training to become an Authorised Financial Adviser, which will provide greater certainty for our clients when it comes to the financial advice he provides....

November 10, 2017

Have you ever broken a bone before?

An accidental injury can have a huge impact on day-to-day life. If this happened to you, how will it affect your ability to cover household and medical expenses? ACC’s no-fault scheme covers Kiwis who have been injured in an accident for up to 80% of their income. But people who suffer an injury may find themselves in need of additional short-term financial support to help while recovering. Accidental Injury Cover Sovereign’s new Accidental Injury Cover provides short-term financial support...

November 8, 2017

Stopping with Work? What Next?

Have you ever stopped to consider what you’d like to do when you stop working? And if you want to stop reading because retirement seems so far down the track it’s not worth thinking about yet, think again. It’s when it seems so far away that it’s the perfect time to start planning for it. Maybe you like the idea of just putting your feet up and relaxing, or perhaps an active lifestyle is more your thing. Whichever it is, it helps to start laying the financial groundwork as early as poss...

October 2, 2017

Meet KJ

KJ is New Zealand Advice Group’s new Customer Relationship Consultant. Coming from a finance background with over 7 years’ experience at Kiwibank, he is ready to help ensure our clients’ needs are met. KJ’s role entails looking after clients as well as supporting the rest of the team. He is constantly developing his skills on both a personal and professional level, ensuring consistency across all fields of work. He is an avid rugby league, hockey and indoor netball player. He also volun...

September 6, 2017

The Rise and Fall of Interest Rates

We’re pretty used to the idea that the bank pays us interest on the money we have in the bank so how would you feel if you had to pay to keep your money in the bank? It might sound like a hypothetical situation but that’s effectively what some extremely wealthy customers in Germany are required to do thanks to the introduction of negative interest rates. Negative interest rates were first introduced in Europe in June 2014 as an economic growth measure. Basically, the idea behind it was to c...

September 4, 2017

The professionals you need when buying a house

The Professionals You Need When Buying a House When buying a house, there is a lot to consider. You’ll need to secure finance, find properties, organise inspections, deal with legalities, take out insurance, and, finally, move into your new house. Gathering together a great team to guide you through the process will help you achieve your home ownership goal faster, more effectively, and with a whole lot less hassle than if you did it all on your own. “Teamwork makes the dream work.” -...

July 31, 2017

5 reasons to take out health insurance

Demands on our healthcare system continue to rise. Yet when it comes to health insurance, only around 30% of New Zealanders have cover according to the Health Funds Association of New Zealand. When you are healthy and well, health insurance is the last thing on your mind. It's only when the unexpected happens that you start thinking about your treatment options and where you can access the best care. Many people feel that because New Zealand has publicly funded healthcare they don't need to t...

June 28, 2017

8 tips for paying your mortgage off faster

Home ownership is a dream of many New Zealanders. Taking out a home loan is the first step to achieving this goal but until you pay back what you borrowed, your home ownership remains in partnership with the lending body. Many people, dare we say most, find it easier to spend than save. Yet saving in the short term can free funds in the longer term. But in this age of instant gratification, we often lose sight of the long game. Why pay off your home loan faster? Living debt free is also a ...

May 29, 2017

20 tips for protecting your home

We're all familiar with the phrase 'prevention is better than cure' but sometimes we focus on the cure forgetting about prevention. When it comes to protecting your assets, you should work on both prevention and cure. Prevention You don't necessarily have to secure your home tighter than Fort Knox, but there are many things you can to help prevent theft. Start by eliminating opportunities as many burglaries are opportunistic by nature. 1.Leaving items laying around your yard makes for easy...

May 1, 2017

When Should You Start Saving for Retirement?

It's a good question and one most of us only think about addressing as we approach retirement age. But that's way too late! So when should you start saving for retirement? One could say it's never too early and it's never too late. Having a good financial plan for your retirement can set you up for years of enjoyment with loved ones. Start sooner rather than later The sooner you start, the better off you will be. Retirement seems a long way away when you are in your 20s so most people delay s...

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