Mortgage News March 02, 2021
The Work-Life Balance Myth

After years of employers and well-meaning lifestyle articles speaking of the "work-life balance", turns out it has always been a problematic concept. When you think about it, "work" should never act as a counterweight to "life", with opposition between these two terms actually highlighting the nature of the problem. In a new world defined by flexible hours, remote work opportunities, and ever-changing career trajectories, it's never been easier to integrate your working day with the rest of your life.


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Building Consents Defy Gravity

The New Zealand housing market is surging, with record prices recorded in Auckland and over much of the country. The current discrepancy between supply and demand and wider economic environment has led to a sharp rise in building consents, with house consent levels almost surpassing long-standing 1970s records as they "continue to defy gravity". If the current rate of building consents continues, annual figures could rise above 70s levels and put some much-needed downward pressure on property prices. 


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Auckland Property Growth Won't Stop

The price of property in Auckland won't stop growing, with the average house now worth just over $1.2 million according to figures from Quotable Value (QV)?. While rampant house price inflation continues across New Zealand, Auckland is experiencing pronounced growth at runaway momentum. Current homeowners are obviously happy with the rising value of their property assets, but the unsustainable nature of the market has also been called a "national disgrace".


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Advances in Quantum Computing

The race towards useful quantum computing continues to heat up thanks to key scientific advances. A recent Australian invention has made waves in the quantum world, with scientists from the University of Sydney and Microsoft Corporation developing a single chip that's capable of transforming the entire world of quantum computing. From superconductors to qubits, let's take a look at the current state of quantum computing and see how this discovery fits into the wider quantum universe.


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Intermittent Fasting for Weight Loss

In a world of endless and often conflicting health advice, knowing what works for your body can be extremely challenging. This is especially true when it comes to weight loss, with scientific studies, commercial interests, and personal experience often hard to align. Instead of relying on complicated diets and unrealistic exercise regimes, sometimes there is a simple and easy-to-implement solution. According to a new study published in PLOS One, intermittent fasting can lead to weight loss, with the rigid application of a fasting program not even needed to see positive results.


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Property Still in Shortage

Housing is still in short supply across New Zealand, with stock shortages likely to continue as we head deeper into 2021. While the value of existing housing stock rose by 11% in 2020, at a rate four times higher than the annual GDP, strong prices have failed to dampen demand in what is still a high-pressure environment. The combination of low interest rates and a lack of international travel have helped to drive prices higher, with strong demand ignited by low housing supply in 16 New Zealand regions.


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Saving in a Low Interest Rate Environment

2020 was a highly challenging year, with the global pandemic and associated economic downturn threatening every aspect of modern life. Some good things have emerged, however, including government incentives and a consistently low interest rate environment. However, despite the obvious benefits of current conditions to homeowners and property buyers, making your savings work in this brave new world can be difficult. It's never been more important to diversify and think outside the box, with financial guidance delivered by experts more important than ever before.


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Open Resolutions for the New Year

When it comes to New Year's Resolutions, setting lists is much easier than getting stuff done. Resolutions fail for many reasons, with people often demanding too much of themselves and being too rigid about the goals they set. According to new research, 'open' resolutions are much more likely to succeed. If we make open-ended rather than specific goals, we are much more likely to achieve positive results. Whether you want to get fitter or be more productive at work, open goals offer a range of psychological and performance benefits.


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Sleep, Food & Your Body Clock

Your body clock affects every aspect of your daily life, from the moment you wake in the morning to your performance at work and quality of your sleep. Also known as your circadian rhythm, this "clock" is built into every cell in your body. While your body clock does not keep perfect linear time or follow an exact 24-hour cycle, it is very much a defining factor in how you live your life. In order to have a healthy, happy, and productive time on planet Earth, it's important to be aware of your body clock and understand the intricate links between sleep, food, physical activity, and time itself.


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Making the Perfect Home Office

Creating the perfect office space is an important skill for anyone who's working from home. Whether you run a home business, work as a freelancer, or operate a remote workstation for a multi-national, managing your space helps to decrease your stress levels and improve your productivity. From making a plan and buying furniture to using your wall space and establishing work zones, let's look at how you can make the perfect office at home.


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> In This Issue...
1. The Work-Life Balance Myth
2. Building Consents Defy Gravity
3. Auckland Property Growth Won't Stop
4. Advances in Quantum Computing
5. Intermittent Fasting for Weight Loss
6. Property Still in Shortage
7. Saving in a Low Interest Rate Environment
8. Open Resolutions for the New Year
9. Sleep, Food & Your Body Clock
10. Making the Perfect Home Office

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