I didn't have anything saved for my first home and my parents didn't help. Not that I expected them to as I am the youngest of 6 kids. I had to move to Sydney when I had just turned 18 to go to uni, yanno to "get a good job" as Joe Hockey would say. But I didn't live in Sydney before that and there was no university where I went to school so I had to leave home. I had to work at maccas and got Austudy to pay rent and other bills so there was not much left for saving. I finished uni and worked for a few of years in my chosen profession, even went to outback NSW to work and save money, but not for a house. My goal was to travel. After 18 months of living in the bush and living in subsidised teacher housing, I moved to London to teach and stayed there for 4 years working and travelling and partying. Came home with absolutely nothing but fabulous memories at 28 years of age but I did have a permanent full-time job to return to.
I met my now husband not long after I returned. He had been living in Australia for 6 years when I met him and was working in a high paying industry and had saved over $150k. We bought our first home in 2007 and then upgraded in 2009 to a bigger house with a much bigger yard and then did a reno. And we are still here.