Mortgage News August 19, 2018
RBNZ Governor Optimistic about Growth

The RBNZ is optimistic about growth, with Reserve Bank Governor Graham Wheeler saying extra fiscal stimulus is not needed to create inflation. While the official cash rate was cut by 25 basis points last week to a new low of 1.75 percent, further moves are not expected any time soon and Government intervention is not needed to bring inflation back within its target range of 1-3 percent.


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Drop in Mortgage Numbers

The New Zealand property market is losing steam, with a sharp reduction in mortgage numbers recorded in September and home prices in Auckland continuing to taper off. According to figures produced by Myvalocity and published in the NZ Herald, the number of new residential mortgage registrations declined by a massive 21 percent in September, with Auckland figures down 26.2 percent from the same time last year, North Island metro centres down 15.6 percent, and Wellington and South Island metro centres down 2.8 percent.


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The Truth About Hot Workouts

From hot mat Pilates and sweaty yoga through to steamy cycling and barre classes, high temperature workouts are so hot right now. Designed to warm muscles and promote detoxification, hot exercise classes are also used to enhance weight loss and improve deep breathing. While there are undoubtedly many benefits associated with heated workouts, cranking up the thermostat can add a level of risk by increasing the chance of injury and placing additional strain on the cardiovascular system.


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New Tribes of the Property Market

New tribes of people continue to enter the property market, with household groups no longer constrained to the familiar titles of newly-weds, nuclear families, or empty-nesters. The Commonwealth Bank has identified ten emerging new tribes that will make an impact by 2030. Tribes include the social singles, DINKS, lifestyle renters, home work tribe, multi-generational clan, nuclear family, peter pans, city switchers, mid-life flatmates, and property accumulators.


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How Long can Humans Live

The human lifespan may have an expiration date, with new research suggesting a natural limit at around 115 years of age. Despite advances in medicine and science, according to researchers from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, it's incredibly unlikely that anyone will live much beyond the current record of 122 years. While this study has been controversial in some circles, it seems no matter what we do, our bodies are designed to wear out and expire.


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> In This Issue...
1. RBNZ Governor Optimistic about Growth
2. Drop in Mortgage Numbers
3. The Truth About Hot Workouts
4. New Tribes of the Property Market
5. How Long can Humans Live

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