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The Keshavs live rent-free while we build their dream home

A wee while ago, we launched a really exciting campaign – sign up to build with us and you’ll go in the draw to win $25K to spend on rent or your mortgage while you’re waiting for your new home to be ready.

Sentinel Homes CEO Stuart Shutt says he wanted to give away something he knew would really help someone out.

“The average rent in Auckland for a four-bedroom home is nearly $700 per week,” he explains. “So, for a large home across a 24-week build, that’s nearly $17,000. I’m sure we’d all rather spend that money on an upgraded kitchen or lovely new furniture. That’s why we set the prize at $25K – we know this will more than cover it for most families”.

Over-the-moon winners

The lucky winners, Roshnee and Ash Keshav, say they’re “over the moon” to have received that cash windfall while they build their new home.

The young couple currently rent in New Lynn, with their two sons both aged under three. Owning their home has been a long-held dream.

“Living in Auckland is extremely expensive, and we go without luxuries so we can pay more in rent to live in a comfortable and healthy home. Building a house is a priority, as rent really is ‘dead money’,” says Roshnee.

“Winning the prize money has been absolutely wonderful. It has been such a struggle financially for us, and $25,000 will make a really big difference. The money will take away a lot of our stress, and we are really looking forward to owning a home in Auckland that is ours and not a rental,” says Roshnee.

Roshnee’s parents have helped the family to gather the deposit for the new home in New Lynn, which will house three generations. Their build will start shortly and be all ready for them to move into next year – no more renting!

A life-changing win

Stu stays the Keshav’s story is a familiar one.

“Rent is a significant cost and we understand the plight many people find themselves in. That’s why we came up with the competition, and we are so happy the prize money has taken the pressure off the Keshavs during the time that we build their new home.”

Roshnee adds, “The prize money is the icing on the cake, and we are over the moon with happiness. It is going to change our lives for the better.”

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