Not a miracle. My 24 year old daughter bought a small house last spring. She got a good contracting job after getting her degree 2 years ago, but continued to live like a college student. Contract ended, groomed dogs while looking for next job. Got new better job than the first, making a bit less than $60 k/yr and still living like a poor college student. That's a good solid income, but we're not talking 6 figure lawyer income. Saved enough for a down payment and additional new home buyer expenses. She was also realistic about what she wanted. Everyone has their own story, and not everyone has the advantages her mother and I were able to provide, such as paying for college (we played no role in her mortgage qualification). And there are, of course, places that are ridiculously expensive, where I don't know how anyone other than a lottery winner can afford a home. But, the pieces can come together. Working hard in school and not blowing all your money from your first big-boy job on expensive toys goes a long way. At this rate she'll retire before I do. She's also willing to work on her own place. I told her up front, I'm not taking on the maintenance of her home. But I said I'd show her how to do things when needed. I also explained how most of us don't know what we're doing. We go to Home Depot, stare at the shelves and pick out what we think will work, and apply some common sense. Her first solo project, she had a major feeder in her drip system spewing a lot of water. She dug it up, made the required three trips to HD required for any project, but she fixed it on her own. She's also starting to learn you must pay tribute to the home improvement gods when you go to the store. Always buy those extra screws. If you do, you won't need them, if you don't buy them, you'll need them for sure.