Once their credit cards and loans were repaid, they were amazed how much they could save.
Tim Webb also announced he would be scaling back his business as a result.
One real estate manager says this trend has been noticeable over the past few months.
With Auckland in its ninth week of lockdown, businesses are warning they can't hold on much longer.
CoreLogic on Tuesday released its new Property Vulnerable Index
House prices are on the up nationwide but the biggest increases have been in the South Island.
And if you think you can avoid paying too much by opting for something smaller, think again.
The national average asking price was $865,348 in September - the lowest since May.
The claim is a lot lower than it was last year.
Of 983 suburbs across the country, 771 had annual median value increases of $100,000 or more.
'The bank of Mum of Dad is an option for some people, but isn't for all'.
Rents are 8 percent higher than they were this time last year, according to one of the country's biggest property sites.
The average Auckland house now costs $1.2 million.
Under alert level 3, in-person property viewings can be arranged.
The rental in central Auckland was being advertised on Trade Me for $180 a week.
"Even though mortgage rates have remained very low… housing affordability has simply become worse."
"Our runaway housing market has solidified New Zealand as a country divided by property wealth."
Experts don't expect house price growth to reach the same heights as last year.
A resource consent application has been lodged with the Queenstown Lakes District Council.
It's latest report shows 12,249 houses were for sale in August, down 31.9 percent year-on-year.