• A first home is not necessarily a place to settle down and bring up kids. It can be simply a home and an investment – that first step on the property ladder.

That’s how it is for Jess Shaw, 24 and Casey MacMillan, 39, two Navy colleagues who have pooled their resources to buy their first home in Kelson, Lower Hutt.

The pair paid $515,000 for their two-storey, four-bedroom house on the Western Hills, and moved into the home in December. For that price, they also acquired a large 900 square-metre section, garaging for three cars and fabulous views across Stokes Valley.

But how did the idea come about? Jess says she was thinking about buying a house herself, albeit a much cheaper one.

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Navy colleagues Casey MacMillan and Jess Shaw, who are based at Trentham, pooled resources to acquire their first home.

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