The desperate quest: How Auckland’s property market drove me to the edge of insanity

This is how fast it happened: at the beginning of the week, we were happy renters, without the desire or ability to buy a house. Then somebody posted a link on Twitter, we looked at some pictures, and a few days later we were standing with an agent in the kitchen of a house in Kelston, caring about nothing so much as owning that house.

It was a plain old three-bedroom weatherboard place on a rambling section that would be perfect for the family we would be starting six months hence, except for the fact that we had no interest in buying a house and even less interest in buying a house in Kelston.