June 26, 2018

What does Budget 2018 mean for my property portfolio?

Budget 2018 was recently announced by Finance Minister Grant Robertson and the Labour Government. What was included of interest to property investors?
May 30, 2018

Things to think about before getting a mortgage

A mortgage can be a stressful time and considering the size of the investment, this is a completely normal reaction. With this in mind, what should you think about before jumping in?
May 21, 2018

What are the advantages of working with a mortgage adviser?

When you're looking to invest in property, it makes sense to have the right professionals on your side. At Money Empire, our team of mortgage advisors have the skills and experience to help you make good financial decisions and set a course for a positive property investment experience.
May 1, 2018

What’s happening in the Auckland property market?

For a number of years, the Auckland property market has been unpredictable and very tricky for first-home buyers to navigate. However, there is a change in the air. So far in 2018, the property market has been favourable towards buyers - thanks to a number of different reasons. Here's everything you need to know.
May 1, 2018

Home insurance – Is it worth the time and effort?

Home insurance is something that most people roll their eyes at. However, it can be the financial lifeline that you need in the event of a disaster. With this in mind, what are the benefits of home insurance and how could working with Money Empire make a real difference to your future?
January 27, 2018
How to fund home renovations

From drop-sheets to draw-downs: How to fund home renovations

From a couple of tins of paint to bulldozing the back half of a house: any renovation, regardless of the size, costs money. Our home finance expert Lisa Barton offers her top tips for those who are looking at how to fund home renovations or jazz up their investment property. Hurry up and… plan It’s so easy to move into a property and start making a list of all the things you want to change, […]
December 20, 2017
Baby preparation finances

Baby 101: Getting your finances sorted before your wee bundle arrives

In the whirlwind that follows a positive pregnancy test, it’s easy to forget about your finances – after all, there’s a pushchair to buy, a midwife to find and a baby’s room to decorate! But given that you’re about to embark on a whole new stage of life, it’s a good idea to have a think about your finances and how you can get them in tip-top shape before the sleepless nights start. Our in-house […]
December 15, 2017
self-employed mortgage

Mission possible: 5 steps to get a mortgage when you’re self employed

There’s an awful lot to be said for being self-employed, including the opportunity to specialise in an industry and the ability to choose your own clients. But when it comes to applying for a mortgage or other loan, your dream job might be more of a hindrance than a help. Money Empire managing director Kayne Wahlstrom shares his top tips to help the self-employed get over the line financially. 1. Be prepared for hard conversations […]
December 11, 2017
Finance Guru Lisa Barton & daughter Chloe

From banking to baby – Lisa’s finance story

We recently sat down with Lisa Barton, our in-house finance guru, to tell us a little bit more about how she came to be working for Money Empire and how becoming a parent has changed how she looks at money. Before I started at Money Empire, I’d been working in the banking industry for nine years. At Westpac I’d worked my way up from a bank teller to a lending specialist then a manager. I […]