Searching for a place to call yours
Kids these days, am I right? If they’re not complaining about housing affordability over smashed avocado, they’re living with their parents so they can save for the next overseas trip.
It’s certainly easy to stick the boot into the sensibilities of the younger generation, who we’re quick to label as lazy and entitled without really considering how things have changed.
Recent statistics indicate that while the average wage in Sydney is about $84,000, the median house price is more than $1 million.
Our first home cost a small fraction of that price in the early 1990s while wages steadily climbed.
It’s true, many young people are less inclined to take their parents’ old furniture when they move out, preferring to head off to the nearest Ikea for something of their own choosing. But when they don’t know how long it might be before they’re in their own home — if ever — you can’t really blame them for chasing a little instant gratification and having some control over their living conditions.
Because there is a big difference between renting and owning your home, and I’m not just talking about mortgage repayments.
I remember well the excitement of ripping up the carpets to expose long lost floorboards, choosing paint colours and getting stuck into the garden, all with the knowledge that we no longer needed to answer to a landlord or potentially be asked to leave when the lease ran out.
And while I still live with some of my grandmother’s furniture, it is by choice, rather than being treated as a dumping ground for things other family members don’t want anymore that don’t really suit my needs, let alone my style.
So pass the smashed avo and the travel brochures — I’m in.