YOUNG battlers are resorting to unconventional ways to break into Melbourne’s housing market.
A growing number of parents are using their own homes as security so their children don’t have to stump up a deposit.
Others are buying with friends and family, renting out a room or buying an investment property to make a start.
Aussie Carnegie mortgage broker Mark Daly said family equity loans, which can allow applicants to borrow the entire value of a home and avoid costly mortgage insurance, were becoming more popular with younger cash-strapped buyers.
Many had used their savings on flashy cars and big-screen TVs but weren’t willing to compromise on location or lifestyle for a home.