From making an appointment with the bank, to what pre-approval is and what banks are looking for, our experienced SBS first home Lender and Banking Specialist Tracey Hughes has all the tips you need for a positive lending experience.

Real Estate Agents

Ready to begin house hunting, but not sure where to start? We've reached out to Real Estate Agent James McRobie so that you can hear the tips and tricks for finding your perfect home from someone that sells them.


From how much of your KiwiSaver funds you can access for a first home deposit, to how the funds get paid to your bank, FANZ Private Wealth Adviser Jordan Saville has all the information you need on KiwiSaver and your first home.

Insurance Advisers

SBS Insurance Adviser Anne-Maree Lee has all the tips you need on when you have to have your house insurance organised, how much you should insure your home for and what the different types of insurance are.

Solicitors (aka Lawyers)

Are you wondering what exactly you need a solicitor for, what they do, or when you need to get one? Check out the videos from Solicitor Liz Henry and understand how they cover the legal side of buying your home so you can focus on planning your first home reno.

The legal stuff

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