This Millionaire Tells Millennials To Stop Buying Coffee If They Want To Buy A House

And avocado toast.

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An Australian real estate tycoon has a simple and controversial advice for millennials struggling to purchase their first home - stop spending on avocado toast and coffee

Australian real estate mogul Tim Gurner.

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35-year-old Tim Gurner, who made a fortune by developing luxury properties in Melbourne, said unnecessary spending on avocado toast and coffee might be the reason why millennials are unable to afford a house.

"When I was trying to buy my first home, I wasn't buying smashed avocado (avocado toast) for AUD19 (RM51) and four coffees at AUD4 (RM12) each," he said as quoted by 9News.

"We are coming into a new reality where... a lot of people won’t own a house in their lifetime. That is just the reality."

When asked by the interviewer if he believes young people will never own a home, he has this to say, "Absolutely, when you’re spending AUD40 (RM128) a day on smashed avocados and coffees and not working. Of course."

He also implied that reality shows like 'Keeping Up With The Kardashians' are giving people the impression that the lavish lifestyle is easy and within arms reach.

"This generation is watching the Kardashians and thinking that's normal - thinking owning a Bentley is normal."

Gurner then gave an example, describing how hard he used to work back in the day

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"When I had my first business when I was 19, I was in the gym at 6.00am in the morning, and I finished at 10.30 at night, and I did it seven days a week, and I did it until I could afford my first home.

"There were no discussions around, could I go out for breakfast, could I go out for dinner. I just worked," he said in the 2-minute clip.

Saving money is generally the best tip when it comes to purchasing a new home, but Gurner's advice have rubbed people the wrong way, including an Oxford scholar

Austalian lawyer and writer Jo Lennan.

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"It’s never been harder for young and ordinary people to make a start. If you’re looking at AUD1.5 million (RM4.8 million) for a house in an outer Sydney suburb - a pretty ordinary house - then something is seriously wrong with the housing market," she commented.

On social media, millennials criticised Gurner's generalisation. They pointed out that even if they were to stop eating avocado, it would still not be enough for them to afford a house.

Some have claimed Gurner got lucky because his grandfather lent him money for his first investment. He responded and said that was "incorrect."

While Gurner's comment is targeted at Australians, it could be adapted to Malaysians as well

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A recent study by HSBC found that only 35 percent of Malaysian millennials are able to afford to own homes due to escalating house prices and slow salary growth. On the other hand, Australian millennials have a home ownership rate of about 28 percent.

With the blooming cafe scene in Malaysia, it's normal to see coffee joints packed with millennials during the weekends

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A cup of coffee from these cafes costs an average of RM11. For food, it's pretty common for one to pay RM20 and above for a plate of spaghetti.

A full meal in any of these places could easily run up to RM40.

But to be fair, most of these meals are an occasional indulgence.

Spending wisely in the long run definitely makes a difference, but there are a lot of factors that contribute to millennials' inability to purchase houses

"The greatest challenges are in those countries where there is a perfect storm of stagnating salaries and rising house prices - for millennials in those countries, the dream, while not dead, looks set to be deferred," said Louisa Cheang, HSBC's Global Head of Retail Banking.

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