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Young British people struggle to get on housing ladder

More than two thirds also felt that their relationship with their parents would be better if they moved out. Only 7% of respondents said they enjoyed living at home with their parents, but one in 10 thought they could be in their late forties or early fifties before they were able to move out.

The survey of 1,000 would be home owners also found that although the Hotel of Mum and Dad may still be open for business, the Bank of Mum and Dad seems firmly shut. Some 65% of parents said they simply didn't have the spare funds to help their children with a deposit for a house, with nearly a quarter admitting that they were struggling enough to keep themselves afloat. One in 10 also felt that their children should be financially independent.

However, it seems that some first time buyers are not helping themselves when it comes to getting on the property ladder. Some 35% said they were not prepared to give up holidays while they saved for a deposit and more than a quarter said they would not give up buying new clothes or eating out. Only one in five said they would consider buying with friends, taking in a lodger or moving to a cheaper location.

Property guru Phil Spencer, who has launched a series of video guides with Taylor Wimpey to help first time buyers, said that the research highlights the challenges faced by those trying to get on the property ladder, but insists that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

‘Living with parents on a temporary basis can be a great way to relieve some financial pressure while saving for a deposit, but if you take your eye off the end goal, you could find yourself stuck there. Make sure you have a proper savings plan in place, consider buying with friends or family and find out about the range of schemes from the government and house builders, which means you may only need to save a 5% deposit,’ said Spencer.

‘Interestingly, the survey did show that we are still a nation that aspires to home ownership. 84% of people aged between 18 and 25 said they believed property was still a good long term investment and, in terms of their priorities in life, one in three put owning their own home above getting married, having children and a successful career,’ he added.

An example is secretary Amanda Turner from Roby, Merseyside, who moved back in with her parents in her late 30s after finding it difficult to save for a deposit while renting. ‘I'm incredibly grateful to my parents as it was a real help financially, but obviously it wasn't ideal living back at home at my age. Inviting friends over could be awkward and it certainly had an effect on my relationships,’ she said.

Amanda has now moved into a two bedroom apartment at Taylor Wimpey's Speakman Gardens in Prescot, Merseyside. ‘Owning my own home was really important to me and I kept focused on that. I had to make a lot of sacrifices in order to save up, cutting down certain luxuries like holidays, going out with my friends and buying new clothes but it was all worth it. I'm thrilled to finally have my own space and a sound investment for the future,’ she explained.