Sophie Foster

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A new survey has found almost half of Aussie parents now fear their children will never afford to buy a home, with many bracing for the need to step in to help them in future.

While the real estate boom has made many homeowners wealthier than ever on paper, the survey of parents of teenagers aged 13-18 – commissioned ahead of the annual Suncorp ESSI Money Challenge – found 47 percent believe it’s already impossible for their children to ever buy a home.

Commissioned by the Financial Basics Foundation and Suncorp, the survey found almost a third of parents (32 per cent) believed that it wouldn’t be until later in life that their children would be able to afford property – much later than it was for earlier generations.

It also found that 5 per cent of the 1,000 parents surveyed were bracing to have to help their child buy a property when the time came.

Half of the parents surveyed had discussed rising interest rates with their teenagers and the impact it had on mortgage repayments and family finances, while the other half said their children were oblivious to what was happening.

Suncorp Bank executive general manager for everyday banking, Nick Fernando said the current economic climate made teaching young people financial decision-making skills all the more important.

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Teaching teenagers how to manage their income early off weekend and after-school work was increasingly important.

Financial Basics Foundation CEO Katrina Samios said it was important to get started on financial literary early given what lay ahead for the children of today.

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