katycloud Posted October 26, 2011 Share Posted October 26, 2011 So my boyfriend and I have been together for just over 5 years and we have decided to save up for a house deposit. We are fairly well on our way with $30,000 saved up so far, and are thinking that we would like to have our deposit saved and start looking to buy in about a year and a half time (which means our ages will be 24, 25). Anyway, I have mentioned this ambition of ours to friends/family in conversation and it's interesting the kinds of reactions I get. At work the other day one of my colleagues (female, aged 31) asked me if I was doing anything on the weekend. I replied no, that my boyfriend and I are trying to save money. She asked if we were saving for anything in particular and I mentioned how we want to buy a house in the next year or so. She was shocked, saying stuff like "You're so young! Not even I could afford to buy a house at the moment! You haven't traveled!" etc etc etc. There are also a large number of other people my age who are determined to travel the world before they settle down and can't really understand why my boyfriend and I want to buy a house. I have traveled extensively through New Zealand (lived there for a year and backpacked for 3 months) and also extensively throughout Australia. I have not however, traveled any further out of Oceania, and people find it weird that I do not want to travel more before I buy a house. What do you guys think? I didn't think 24/25 years old was THAT young to be buying a house/settling down - yes it is younger than the average today but if you're in the right situation then why not? I have done lots of extensive traveling around this part of the world - no I have not been to Europe or America but I'm quite content with the fact that once I get a mortgage I may not be able to visit these places for another 20-odd years. What are your opinions? Is it crazy of us to want to buy a house at this stage in our lives? Will I regret the decision of settling down at this age? I thought it was what I really wanted but everyone seems to shocked when they find out our plans... they make me feel much older than my years! Link to comment
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