• Buying your first home has never been tougher. In this series, Stuff talks to Kiwis who’ve made it onto the property ladder and others who, by choice or not, are still renting.

OPINION: I am a 20-year-old university graduate working in a full-time job in the industry of my choice yet I’m still living at home.

Is it because I’m lazy or trying to live off my parent’s dime for as long as I can? No. I’m still living at home because I simply can’t afford to move out.


Didovich says she has a good job and has been saving but still can’t afford to move out of home.