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Renovation: Double Down

Two’s a charm for Tracey Griffin and her partner Duncan McCartney. The couple from Gisborne (now living in Taupo) have two renovations under their belt, and both of them have been roaring successes.

The most recent renovation in Taupo came off the back of an earlier one in their home town. At age 22, the couple had used their KiwiSaver nest egg to purchase a small house for the grand sum of $185,000 in Gisborne. It seemed a lot at the time.

“This was in 2011, so the market wasn’t the same as today,” says Griffin. “We did a bit with it, but we weren’t really that motivated because we were so young and had no big goals or dreams at that stage.”