Report Young "unsuitable For Work" in House prices and the economy Posted May 22, 2012 It's you who needs to get a reality check. No, it's not "what everyone at 19, 20, 25, 30 years old wants". Moving away from parents and buying a house are completely different things. Which generation saw 20 year olds buying houses? My generation. Back in the 1970s, 80s and 90s it was common at least in the northern city where I lived. A school friend bought a two-up -two-down terrace house and was married at 18 while an apprentice at BT. In the mid-1980s an 18 year old apprentice at the engineering company I worked for bought an end-terrace (dad was a buliding society branch manager so knew the importance of 'getting on the housing ladder'). The government even had a scheme to encourage young people to save for a deposit.