Cou­ple’s hous­ing so­lu­tion

Central Leader - - SITUATIONS VACANT - JACKSON THOMAS

An Auck­land cou­ple think they might have found an an­swer to Auck­land’s hous­ing cri­sis - ‘‘down­size, con­sid­er­ably’’.

Amanda Mor­ris­sey-Brown, 25, and her part­ner Cam Wat­son, 26, each fin­ished univer­sity last year. Ham­strung by com­bined stu­dent loan debts of more than $100,000, the pair said they were in no po­si­tion to ap­ply for a mort­gage, and de­cided to ex­plore al­ter­na­tive ways to try and break into the hous­ing mar­ket.

They be­gan look­ing into ‘‘tiny houses’’, a prop­erty move­ment Mor­ris­sey-Brown said first caught their eye on a TV show. Tiny houses are in essence ex­actly that, self­con­tained homes be­tween 10sqm to 35sqm.

Even­tu­ally they found Whangarei com­pany Love Shack - a small busi­ness that spe­cialised in pint sized homes.

‘‘We were sold im­me­di­ately,’’ Mor­ris­seyBrown said.

‘‘To fi­nance the tiny house we have had to take a con­sid­er­ably smaller loan from the bank, com­pared what we would get if we bought a house, which we can com­fort­ably

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