• 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.

On the ladder: Two years of saving and two years of renovation on a ‘do-up’
On the ladder: First home at 21, now they have 3 at 25
On the ladder: Meet Kristi Atkins, who bought her first home at 21
On the ladder: DIYer Crestine Carson renovates an ‘ugly duckling’ first home

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

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