On the ladder: Buying a house in Auckland was brutal, but we scraped through

  • Because foregoing brunches and coffees will only get you so far (nowhere).

This is a story about how the stars aligned for us to be able to get where we are – a two-bedroom do-up with a damp basement in west Auckland.

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Auckland’s booming property market means buying the same house today would need almost triple the deposit as the family had in 2014.