A new book on how to get an Auckland house without kids is getting rave reviews.
It’s called The Kids Are Worthless and it’s due out next week.
The book, by writer David Mitchell, is a collaboration with his father, a former real estate agent.
“I’m going to try and get people to think that, you know, you can be an entrepreneur, you could be an economist and you could have a house, you just need to be a little bit selfish,” he told The ABC.
“If you can make it financially, you should do it, and if you can’t, you shouldn’t.”‘
You could be a billionaire’The book is about the impact of a family in Auckland’s capital city on the economy.
“It was actually quite difficult for me to write it, because I’d never done anything like it before, so it was kind of like a test of what I could do and what I couldn’t do,” he said.
“The whole thing was like a sort of ‘You can be a rich person, but you’re not worth it’.”
Mr Mitchell says his father and the family of his late mother had a financial house to themselves.
“My father’s family was pretty poor, and so we didn’t have much of a cushion from the fact that they were the only family that could afford to live on,” he explained.
“So it was a sort-of balancing act, and I was the kind of person who liked to take the risk, so that’s how I made it.”
Mr Mitchell was inspired by the late British economist Sir Paul Krugman.
“He used to say, ‘You could become a billionaire, but it wouldn’t be easy,’ ” he said, adding that he wanted to share his dad’s vision.
“His parents’ story of trying to get the best for their family was just incredibly inspiring.
They’ve done a really great job.”
Mr Newman said he didn’t expect to find a happy ending for his father.
“There’s no point in having kids if they don’t have the same opportunities as their peers,” he wrote.
“They’re not the same level of opportunity as the next guy, and it would be very hard for them to be able to go out and enjoy life.”