Mortgage News June 26, 2019
Migration Up but Approval Down

Migration numbers are up across New Zealand, with a recent surge of arrivals leading to a strong net gain for the year ending April. Most long-term arrivals were Australian and New Zealand citizens, with people arriving on work, student, and visitor visas also up over the year. While more people arrived and departed New Zealand than they did in 2018, the number of people leaving the country was more muted. New Zealand is one of the most diverse nations in the world, with debate still taking place over what is sustainable for such a small and geographically isolated nation.


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House Values Drop in Auckland but Rise Elsewhere

New Zealand's biggest housing market continues to fall, with other major centres softening but the regions still seeing healthy growth. According to May figures from Quotable Value, the average home value in Auckland fell by -1.9 per cent over the last six months, which is fairly consistent with recent declines at -2.1 per cent for the year. Other major centres were struggling but still up over 12 months, with regional centres experiencing stronger growth as New Zealand becomes a three-speed property market. 


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Developing Heathy Habits

Everyone wants to improve their situation and live their best possible life. Despite best intentions, however, making changes to your lifestyle can be extremely difficult. Inertia is a very real thing, with emotional and lifestyle ruts often leading to bad habits and addictions that can seem impossible to break. This is especially true when it comes to health and fitness, where the best intentions often lead to guilt and disappointment. Developing healthy habits is the key, with realistic goals and gradual shifts creating real sustainable transformations.    


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Benefits of Intergenerational Living

Living with your relatives is common in many parts of the world, with financial and cultural reasons often bringing three of more generations together. While many Aussies and Kiwis live in share houses when they're young, the nuclear family is very much the norm later in life. Living trends are slowly changing, however, with people staying at home for longer and elderly parents sometimes moving back with their kids after they retire. While extended families and mixed generational homes are certainly not for everyone, intergenerational living can offer advantages to people at any stage of life.


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World's Most Exclusive Travel Experiences

It doesn't matter where you go or what you do, travel has the potential to transform your expectations and enrich your life. New perspectives and experiences can help you take a step back and look at your life through a new lens. While every holiday feels a little extravagant, there are some destinations and experiences that revel in their exclusive status. From million dollar resorts through to penthouse suites and holidays in space, let's take a look at the world's most lavish travel experiences.


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Tourism Numbers to Rise

Tourism is a major industry in New Zealand, as the nation's top export earner and a key driver of business and community investment. According to Tourism New Zealand, the value of international tourism is more than $16 billion per year, with this figure set to rise even more over coming seasons. New figures from the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE) paint an optimistic picture for the tourism sector, with visitors expected to grow by 4 percent a year in the lead up to 2025.


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Auckland Prices Ease

Property prices continue to decline in Auckland, as the average residential property value falls for the fifth month in a row. The market is slowing across Auckland's districts, with average values down everywhere with the exception of Franklin and Manukau. In fact, the housing market across New Zealand has taken its lead from Auckland, with Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) figures showing static price growth in April, and Realestate.co.nz figures showing a significant fall in the average national asking price.


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Why you Should Double your Fruit & Veg Intake

Five portions of fruit and veg a day is the recommended amount in many national guidelines, with some countries increasing this amount to five veg and two fruit portions in a 24 hour period. According to a new study led by Imperial College London, however, doubling the recommended minimum to 10 portions could have a significant effect on reducing heart disease and cancer. While five-a-day helps to reduce disease risk and is a great first step, 7.8 million premature deaths could be prevented worldwide each year if we double the amount of fruit and veg in our diet.


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The Four Day Working Week

It might sound too good to be true, but there may be a way to work less and increase productivity at the same time. While most people around the world are working longer hours and getting stressed out as a result, a number of forward-thinking companies and countries have decided to go the other way. Switching to a four-day working week may provide the ultimate work life balance, with studies looking into this innovative new approach showing a more productive and happier workforce.


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Rise of the Global Middle Class

The size of the global middle class is increasing at a rapid rate, with a growing proportion of the world's population neither rich nor poor. While the rich are undoubtedly getting richer, according to some figures, over half the world's population has emerged from poverty to enter the middle of the income distribution. For the first time since agriculture-based civilization began 10,000 years ago, the global middle class has become the majority.


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> In This Issue...
1. Migration Up but Approval Down
2. House Values Drop in Auckland but Rise Elsewhere
3. Developing Heathy Habits
4. Benefits of Intergenerational Living
5. World's Most Exclusive Travel Experiences
6. Tourism Numbers to Rise
7. Auckland Prices Ease
8. Why you Should Double your Fruit & Veg Intake
9. The Four Day Working Week
10. Rise of the Global Middle Class

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