WARREN Wirken said his dream of owning a home was, until recently, just a dream.
But thanks to a government grant of $38,800, that dream has now become a reality.
Mr Wirken moved into the first completed home at Viewpoint Huntly this week with wife Tanya and their three children.
He said he never expected to be become a home owner.
“It’s our first home, we just moved in on Wednesday,” he said.
“It feels really good.
“The rent at the place we were renting went up by $20 or $25 a week.
“We were scraping the bottom of the barrel at the time and we thought why not put that money into our own home rather than someone else’s house?”
Mr Wirken said the couple, who got married last weekend, already had an al fresco area planned for the back yard.
“We’ve got to landscape out the back and we want to create an area for the kids to run around,” he said.
“But there are plenty of parks around the estate for the kids.”
The government grants were available to 100 people as a way to get low to middle income families into the housing market and ease housing stress.
While initial interest in the scheme was slow, PRD Nationwide director Tom Isaacs said only six grants remained with 25 homes under construction.
“We’ve dealt with families like the Wirkens who have seen their dreams come true,” he said.
“They’ve seen the progression from the start and now they’re in their own home.
“The grants are great for Bendigo people and the estate’s been great.”
Lots are also available at Viewpoint without the government grants.
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It’s our first home, we just moved in on Wednesday. It feels really good.