Lei and Tania lived in a poor quality damp private rental property in Manurewa with their young children for over six years. They had lost hope of owning their own home, both worked hard and struggled to pay rent. When they first heard about the Housing Foundation and products that provide a pathway to ownership they thought it was too good to be true.
Tania says: “Lei and I sat down with each other and talked about our future and we realised that our goal was to have a better life, for us and our family. That meant we needed to find a way to find a better home and realised that if we didn’t make a change, take a leap of faith, we’d still be renting someone else’s home, paying for someone else’s mortgage in 10 years’ time!“It was so exciting. On the day we got the keys the boys and I camped out on a mattress in the lounge with no electricity or anything but just to revel in the fact we were the proud owners of a beautiful new home. We had somewhere safe to live. We were so, so happy”
Lei and Tania’s journey towards independent home ownership is progressing very well and due to their hard work and some practical assistance from the Housing Foundation, they are on track as part of the Waimahia community to achieve their goal.