Six years ago Jacinda couldn’t afford a home, now she has two

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Six years ago Jacinda Ardern was using her lack of ability in finding a home to buy, despite being an MP on a huge salary. She ranted to the media, as she often does, to use her own circumstances to highlight an “issue”.

The ‘Listener’ reported in 2012:

Could a 31-year-old single white woman renting an Auckland flat because she can’t afford to buy a house be a future New Zealand prime minister? Quite possibly. Jacinda Ardern is the fourth-ranked MP in the Labour Party, and even her opponents admit she has what it takes to get to the top. But she doesn’t have what it takes to buy a house where she wants to live. Ardern rents, and wants to buy, in Grey Lynn where a two-bedroom villa, little more than a doll’s house, recently sold at auction for $931,000. Even with her MP’s salary, her lengthy search has failed to find anything affordable.  

It seems she has managed to find an affordable home now, in Sandringham… just a hop, skip and a jump from her much-coveted Grey Lynn… which will have sold for well over the $931,000 she was moaning about in 2012.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and partner Clarke Gayford have bought a new home in Sandringham, Auckland in preparation for the birth of their first child, due in mid-June.

A spokeswoman for the Prime Minister confirmed the sale and that it was for family reasons. She would not comment further.

Bayleys advertising for the property said it was a 1920s four-bedroom bungalow with a modern extension and two bathrooms, on a 643-square-metre section.

It is zoned for Balmoral primary and intermediate school, Mt Albert Grammar School and Auckland Girls Grammar School.

According to QV, its mid-2017 rating valuation was near $1.8 million.

Well, bugger me. A house valued at $931,000 is unaffordable but one at over $2 million is, all of a sudden, affordable. Looks like that particular crisis is over now.

Jacinda Ardern now owns two houses… well on her way in the footsteps of her mentor Helen Clark who owned six houses.

I hope if she keeps the other house that she rents it out for a morally acceptable rent.

What an amazing turn around. Isn’t New Zealand wonderful? You can go from not being able to afford a $931,000 house six years ago to owning two houses, both of which are worth well over $1 million (with one over $2 million).

So authentic as a socialist… imagine what her old pals in the IUSY think about her now she is a property mogul.

 

-Fairfax


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