Each week BusinessDesk and the NZ Herald's Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's how to boost your income to get a mortgage application approved. Hosted by Frances Cook.

First-home buyers are finally getting the breathing space they've needed.

The shocking house-price increases have not only stopped, prices are falling and look like they'll continue to slide a little further. 

It's certainly still not easy to get into that first home, as now mortgage lending is tougher, but that's something we can work on. 

There are small techniques that can have a bigger impact than you might think.

For instance, just taking on a flatmate or boarder could mean the bank is willing to lend you $100,000 more for your mortgage. That's a significant increase in borrowing power.

There are also things you should know about if you're willing to consider building, and impacts from the government changes earlier this year. 

For the latest podcast, I talked to Claire Williamson, mortgage advisor and director of My Mortgage.

For the interview, listen to the podcast here.

If you have a question about this podcast or a question you'd like answered in the next one, come and talk to me about it. I'm on Facebook here, Instagram here, and Twitter here.

Listen to the full interview on the Cooking the Books podcast. You can subscribe on iHeartRadio, Apple Podcasts or Spotify.