Buying a home where memories will be made
I was very surprised at what was in there — lovely secret savings that had come out of my weekly wages and had built up over time until I needed it.
When Alison Schwencke approached Fisher Funds to see how much money she had to go towards her and her husband's first home it felt like winning the lottery.
"I was very surprised at what was in there — lovely secret savings that had come out of my weekly wages and had built up over time until I needed it.
Alison said that without KiwiSaver they would've been waiting many more years before purchasing a house. Because Alison couldn't access her KiwiSaver savings, there wasn't the temptation to dip in and spend the money on other things.
Most importantly, Alison was happy to be buying a home to raise her kids in close to where she had grown up in the Bay of Plenty.
"Unfortunately the house prices in Whakatane, like the rest of New Zealand, became out of reach very fast, so we popped next door to the rural township of Kawerau where we have now purchased a beautiful home for a reasonable price. We know that in the future we won't have a heavy, overpowering mortgage and we will be able to maintain our priority on rearing our little whanau."
"There are no words to describe how excited we are about our new home. Actually, there are: we will be provided with a sense of security in our new home, and even though home is always where the heart and family are, we know there is something truly special about raising children in our 'own' home.
"It's the Kiwi way — we want a place where memories are made. KiwiSaver has made that possible for us. I know so many families out there struggling; many who will never get to buy.
Despite expecting buying a house to be really stressful, Alison said she was simply overwhelmed with gratitude for the help and professionalism she received from Fisher Funds.
"They went the extra mile every time — they were the calm to the storm brewing in my clouded head and made the entire process smooth and easy from whoa to go."