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Four-month battle to find a home
By Michael Dickison
A four-month battle through Auckland’s real estate auction rooms stretched Gareth Berry’s budget from $400,000 to $880,000 before he finally landed his first family home.
Mr Berry, a 35-year-old technology entrepreneur, was spurred by the birth of his second child to visit more than 200 open homes and bid on dozens of houses, wading through a crazy housing market that has surged to record highs.
“It’s nuts out there, and it’s not going to change anytime soon,” Mr Berry said. “I lost my rag a little bit. Didn’t ‘lose it’ lose it – but at two of the auctions I missed out on, I stormed out in frustration.”
He first began looking to move out of his two-bedroom Newmarket apartment last year – but the rentals he was interested in were $700 to $900 a week.