Four and a half years ago, Damian and Jen made the big move from Auckland to Taihape, but little did they know just how much this move would pay off.
Moving down the North Island with the plan to get ahead and save for a deposit, the police officer and office administrator started searching for their first home in various areas across the region.
The year-long search eventually proved to be fruitless as they struggled to find a home that ticked all the boxes.
In late 2015 the couple entertained the idea of building a new home, and decided to take the plunge in May this year. Building meant getting the ideal home that had everything they wanted, in their own unique style and taste.
Damian and Jen chose Taupo as the place for their new family home as it offers the lifestyle they wanted for their two daughters, Madison, 6 and Sophie, 3. Their 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom home is going to be built in Brentwood, a great central location and you can even see Lake Taupo.
Though they were aware of the 'Pay no interest' campaign, the couple didn’t give it much thought, even when they had received a call from Caroline, requesting them to come into Westpac Taihape. However, upon entering the branch, the flowers and champagne were definite indicators that they were in for some good news!
“The difference it makes for us is huge, as the first year of paying a mortgage will be the hardest”.
Our winners were no doubt ecstatic and shared the news first with their parents, who have been integral parts of this journey with Damian and Jen.
Damian and Jen have wisely chosen to use the extra cash to make extra lump sum repayments on their mortgage as whole, which will ultimately save them thousands over the life of their home loan.