Order your Credit Report
It’s free to order your own Credit Report and is a great insight into what the bank will know about you. See what loans are recorded against your name. See what the Utility Companies say about you (if you’re late paying the Electricity company, they now note this on your Credit Report and the bank hates it).
But most importantly, see if there are any defaults marked against your name and, if they are incorrect, start the process to get it corrected. This is a long and tiring process so it’s better to know 3-4 months before you want to apply for a mortgage.
You can check your credit report at www.checkyourcredit.co.nz or creditsimple.co.nz
Find out when you’re eligible to withdraw your KiwiSaver
You need to have been contributing to a KiwiSaver for 3 years before you can withdraw it for your first home. Note the word: “contributing”. Give your KiwiSaver provider a call to see if and when you are eligible.
Take a look at the First Home Buyers Club summary of KiwiSaver Withdrawal For First Home
Ask your boss for a pay rise
Hey, why not? An additional $3,000 per year could get you a house worth $50,000 more. That can make quite a difference in some areas and could be the difference between getting your dream house or missing out on it.
Take a look at these 5 Tips For Getting A Pay Rise
Remember, when it comes to talking to a Mortgage Adviser, there is no such thing as “too early”. We prefer to get you on the right path now so when it comes to applying for finance, it all goes nice and smoothly.
Brett Davies - Mortgage Adviser - The Mortgage Lab
Born and raised in Hamilton, Brett moved to Auckland in 2017 with his fiance, Steph. Brett has an extensive background in the automotive industry and is bringing his enthusiasm for helping his clients into the mortgage industry.
When he’s not working on renovating his home, you can find Brett exploring the beaches and sights around Auckland. He also has a love for restoring old cars.
Disclaimer As with all our blogs, the information detailed here is general in nature and meant as a preliminary guide only. This should not be substituted for your own investigations or use of your own professional’s. Planning Plus is not liable for any errors or omissions.