My Mortgage director launches the ultimate guide for first-home buyers to achieve their dreams


If you’ve been wanting to buy your first home but are feeling pushed out by inflation, economic pressures and changes in New Zealand’s real estate market, don’t give up your smashed avocado just yet.

My Mortgage director and mortgage adviser, Claire Williamson, has written the ultimate guide for first-home buyers, ‘Smashed Avo to Smashed Goals’, which provides expert advice to educate and empower first-home buyers to confidently navigate the home-buying process and achieve the dream of home ownership.

As a mortgage adviser, homeowner, investor, and home lending expert, Williamson has drawn on her experience, knowledge, and passion to create this comprehensive, yet fun and easily digestible book.

She says that despite their best efforts, many would-be first-home buyers are finding it difficult to get a foot on the property ladder, and the experience is often horrible, stressful and difficult.

“Many would-be first home buyers have trimmed their expenses, consistently save, and adjusted their expectations about the home they’ll buy, but it still feels like a lost cause. They’re often in the dark about the process and don’t know about the levers they can pull in their favour to achieve their homeownership goals,” she explains.

With ‘Smashed Avo to Smashed Goals,’ Williamson hopes to create a sense of hope and inspire readers to take action – now.

“I wrote this book because I deeply care about my generation tasting the pride, excitement, and freedom of home ownership. I want more Kiwis to feel the thrill and sense of achievement that comes from walking through your own front door for the first time,” Williamson says.

‘Smashed Avo to Smashed Goals’ is a comprehensive, yet accessible, resource that’s free of jargon and complicated industry-speak, so everyday New Zealanders can feel more confident about the process.

It covers every step of the buying process, from planning and preparation to purchasing your first home, and includes post-purchase tips on how to stay on top of a home loan and make it work long-term.

“If I could give one piece of advice to anyone thinking about their first home, it would be this – get a clear understanding of the position you’re in now, and don’t make assumptions. That means taking a good look at your income, expenses, and deposit. You don’t need to do that alone – talk with a mortgage adviser.”

‘Smashed Avo to Smashed Goals’ is not just for first-home buyers, but also for anyone in an industry associated with home buying, such as real estate agents, accountants, lawyers, and parents of first-home buyers.

‘Smashed Avo to Smashed Goals’ is Williamson’s first book and will be officially launched in March at Cambridge Raceway.

Williamson has almost a decade of experience in the mortgage industry and has helped hundreds of people achieve their home ownership and property investment goals.

She grew up on a farm in the Waikato and attended Sacred Heart Girls College in Hamilton. She purchased her first home in 2014 in Hamilton and has since owned two investment properties, a lifestyle home and is working on several property developments.

Claire joined My Mortgage in 2015 and is now a director, shareholder and mortgage adviser of the business. She is also the founder and creative director of Velma & Beverley which designs and makes luxury New Zealand woollen coats, and is a national board member of Rural Women New Zealand, supporting regional women to become empowered members of their communities.

In her work as a mortgage adviser, Claire has seen first-home ownership go from a distant dream to a dream come true, many times over. She believes, that with the right knowledge, you can become a well-positioned first-home buyer and turn wishful thinking into reality, and hence wrote her first book, ‘Smashed Avo to Smashed Goals – the fun and easy way to buy your
first home’.

To purchase a copy of ‘Smashed Avo to Smashed Goals – the fun and easy way to buy your first home,’ go to www.mymortgage.co.nz/shop/.


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