Ryan Hunt, Managing Director of Highmark Homes, said they identified that the prospect of making payments during the build was a major barrier for customers.
“Often customers are having to pay rent at the same time as servicing debt to start construction, so with rents on the rise, it was a no-brainer to offer our customers assistance where they need it most,” he said.
Hunt said recent figures from Interest.co.nz confirm rental prices are showing no signs of slowing ahead of the typically hectic summer rental period.
“We know that the average rent for new residential tenancies increased by 5.2% nationally in the 12 months to June 2018, easily outstripping wage and general price inflation, and rental prices in Tauranga increased by 5.5% during this period. This is an area where we can take some pressure off customers who may find it difficult to build otherwise.”
Jim and Caryl Jaffray from West Auckland have benefited from the free rent offer when they built their dream home in Papamoa in 2016. They had to rent in Auckland while their new home was being built due to their house selling faster than expected. Highmark Homes covered the majority of their rental costs during the 16 week build.
“It made such a difference and ended up saving us heaps of money,” says Caryl. “We had no hassles, no problems at all and enjoyed the virtual video and photo updates along the way. It was just magic.”