A nationwide housing crisis is resulting in more and more young Brits faced with the prospect of never owning their own home.
But Nathan Doe and Tyla Stanworth have managed to defy the odds and buy their first property before the age of just 21 - without any help from their parents.
The couple were handed the keys to their £220,000 detached three-bedroom home in Newport, south Wales last June.
They claim the secret to home ownership is giving up partying and takeaways, living on baked beans and noodles instead.
Nathan Doe and Tyla Stanworth (pictured) have managed to buy their first home, in Newport, south Wales, before the age of 21, without the help of their parents
Mr Doe, 21, said: 'We were living with my dad for a year, that was our base, but obviously had to pay him rent. We really don't drink and don't go out partying.'
Ms Stanworth, 20, added: 'Deciding to buy the house did mean that we had to make sacrifices as the majority of our combined wages went straight into the savings.
'We never went out, our shopping lists consisted of noodles and beans, but in the long run it was so worth it.'
The young homeowners have both been working full time since they left school, enrolling in apprenticeship programmes instead of going to university.
The couple saved up for a deposit on their three-bedroom detached home (bedroom pictured) by giving up nights out and keeping to a tight budget
The pair had a combined income of £30,000 while they were saving up and living at Mr Doe's father's house paying low rent. Pictured: Living room
The young homeowners (kitchen pictured) have both been working full time since they left school, enrolling in apprenticeship programmes instead of going to university
While they were saving their combined income was around £30,000.
Mr Doe now works as a train planning and diagramming specialist for ArrivaTrains Wales and his partner has a job in the facilities and finance team at Qualifications Wales.
He said they saved for their £11,500 deposit by putting money into a Government help to buy ISA. But after stamp duty and additional costs it was more like £25,000.
They also benefited from a help to buy equity loan - a five-year interest free loan that paid for 20 per cent of the cost of the house.
Mr Doe works as a train planning and diagramming specialist for ArrivaTrains Wales and his partner (pictured toegther) has a job in the facilities and finance team at Qualifications Wales
Ms Stanworth said: 'It was a goal we wanted to achieve pretty much as soon as we got together - Nathan already had a help to buy ISA set up and then I set one up myself.
'We put in £200 each every month and got £50 back from the government so we were getting a free £100 a month.'
The couple hope to pay off their loan before the interest-free period is up but believe the house has also increased in value by about £20,000 since they purchased it last June.
They want to be debt-free by 40 and retire at the age of just 55.
'That should mean after five years of owning our house, at the age of 25, we should have at least £80,000 of equity,' Ms Stanworth said.
The couple want to be mortgage free by the time they are 40 and retire at 55
Now in their full-time career roles the pair are now bringing in a combined household income of around £50,000 a year and are busy planning their wedding. Pictured: dining room
Now in their full-time career roles the pair are now bringing in a combined household income of around £50,000 a year and are busy planning their wedding in September this year.
The £10,000 cost of that will also be paid for out of their own pockets.
Mr Doe said: 'I think the biggest thing is if you want something enough and you are prepared to make sacrifices for it anything is possible.
'We want to go on big holidays and travel the world but at the end of the day there's nothing better than going home to your house and it's yours.'
The pair are getting married in September, which will cost them another £10,000