How did she do that? "...it wasn't having rich parents that got her there - she's worked since she was 13, sacrificed nights out and saved like crazy."
The back story is interesting, but essentially it comes down to a strong work ethic, and a commitment to saving.
"At age 16, Mrs Verheul worked at an after-school care centre five days a week... When she started studying business management at AUT University she also worked before-school shifts and took on other jobs that fitted into her schedule including data entry for a transport company."
She said her grandmother taught her how to budget and she had a unique way of deciding what her necessities were: "First you work out what it costs for all your needs...Once you have calculated your basic needs, you decide how much you ideally want or need to save...Then what ever is left over after that is left for food. Cereal bread and milk doesn't cost the world, and neither does a can of tuna or a bag of rice."
There you go - hard work, commitment, frugal living, and controlling your partner’s spending habits (!), is a great way to get a step up on the property ladder. Of course, the young lady with two steps on the property ladder is an exception. Most people are not prepared to make the lifestyle choice required.
If you really want to accumulate life-changing wealth, there are actually three areas to focus on: making money (having a highly paid job or having multiple incomes: more than one job or starting a business), saving it (putting savings ahead of spending), and investing wisely (like buying bricks and mortar rather than Lotto tickets).