It’s taken over two years, but these days Jeremy Mateo is finally feeling at home. Mateo, 27, is a real estate broker in Honolulu, Hawaii, and bought his first condo on Oahu island right before the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020.
It all started in January 2019, when he was showing a unit in a building that overlooked Diamond Head and Waikiki. “Immediately I saw the view and thought to myself, ‘Wow, I need to live here,’” Mateo tells CNBC Make It. “So I made it my absolute goal to earn the income in order to afford to buy a unit in this building.”
Over the course of a year he saved $60,000 for a down payment and worked toward his goal of buying his “dream home.”