FROM THE TEAM

Rodney Times - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE -

It’s dis­il­lu­sion­ing to live in a city where a 22-year-old first home buyer be­comes head­line news. Baby boomers point know­ingly and say: ‘‘See?! If they can do it, you can too’’, dis­re­gard­ing the fact the buyer had to start sav­ing in the womb and sur­vived on a diet of milk pow­der and white bread. At 25, I still live at home, with no im­me­di­ate plans of mov­ing out. The idea of buy­ing a first home in Auck­land feels out­landish, and with the state of the city’s traf­fic, hus­tle and bus­tle, it’s not some­thing I’d ea­gerly buy into. My fu­ture sights are set fur­ther afield, per­haps Whangarei or Tau­ranga, but as many have pointed out to me, it’s a shame many feel forced to sac­ri­fice their roots for af­ford­abil­ity. I sup­pose I could go full mil­i­tary on my sav­ings, cut out my morn­ing cof­fee, re­frain from week­ends away and make home­made birth­day gifts. I might save up enough for small de­posit within a few years, but is a life lived with­out cof­fee re­ally a life? I’m not so sure.

-Matthew

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