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Profile: NZPIF Landlord of the Year Leilani Driessen

Growing up in a Housing NZ home in Auckland, investor Leilani Driessen always knew she wanted to own her own property. When she was only a teenager she’d point out house ads in the newspaper to her mum, saying “Mum, why don’t we buy this?” Leilani’s mum also dreamt of owning her own place, but as a single mother of two children on the Domestic Purposes Benefit, it wasn’t a realistic goal at the time.
Her mum did go on to buy a home in West Auckland when she was 50, which was “huge for our family”, but the drive to own her own place never left Leilani.