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Buy-to-let landlord, 22, who hopes to retire by 30 says there’s ‘no excuse’ for young people not owning their own homes


A 22-YEAR-old landlord says there’s “no excuse” young people can’t buy houses and he plans to semi-retire by the time he’s 30.

Josh Parrott bought his first house for £115,000 when he was just 19, using money he saved up from two jobs he did between school lessons.

Josh bought his first house when he was just 19 after working hard and saving money

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Josh bought his first house when he was just 19 after working hard and saving moneyCredit: SWNS
He said he chose not to have a flash car so he could put money aside

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He said he chose not to have a flash car so he could put money asideCredit: SWNS

He then rented out the house while paying rent to his parents, saving enough to buy another one for £140,000, aged 21.

The savvy lad did a £20,000 revamp and saved money by doing most of the labour himself after work, increasing the value by £60,000.

He plans to move in soon and is already on the search for his third property.

The businessman plans to own ten properties – renting out nine – by the time he is 30, buying one a year so he can finally put his feet up and work when he fancies.

He was inspired after he did work experience at an estate agent as a child.

Josh said there is no reason young people can’t afford to buy homes – but admits his mates said he was “boring” when he said no to drinks or buying new clothes.

The trainee mortgage advisor from Stockport, Greater Manchester, said: “There’s no reason people my age can’t buy houses.

“You just have to get past the mindset that there are certain things you do at certain ages.

“You just need to make the most out of living at home: it’s nothing like as expensive as renting privately or through an agency.

“I just didn’t blow money on going out drinking and I spent almost nothing on clothes.

“My mates all said I was being boring.

“I was given a Ford Fiesta, which I kept, whereas a lot of my friends are buying expensive cars like Mercedes on finance schemes.

“I mean they’re nice cars but I was able to put-away up to £1,200 a month by the time I went full-time.”

Josh started working at an estate agents on a two-week work-experience placement when he finished his GCSEs in 2015, eventually working wo nights and a Saturday every week.

He also had a cleaning job at the locksmith company owned by his parents Glenn, 55, and Anne Millen, 53, while he did his A-levels.

He went full-time when he finished college in 2018, and banked most of his £14,000 a year salary, paying £120 a month to his parents, and £2,000 a year to run his car.

Pulling-in £30,000 a year in his job by 2020, Josh saved for his next house which he bought for £140,000 with a £15,000 deposit in Manchester in April.

I’ll slow down at 30, I can’t retire completely then I’d be bored, but I’d like to get a sail-boat like my grandad and pop over to Italy for the odd six months.

Josh

He’s done a £20,000 refurbishment on the home where he plans to live, cutting costs by doing as much of the work as he can himself.

Josh plans to build his portfolio of eight more properties using this model – buying properties that will increase in value, then using that profit as a deposit for the next house.

Josh, who left his job at the estate agent in May to work as a case handler for a mortgage broker, said: “So long as the houses I buy keep going up in value the plan will work well.

“There’s always risk, but even if there’s a massive crash or something I’ll just have to keep going more slowly with savings.

“I’ll slow down at 30, I can’t retire completely then I’d be bored, but I’d like to get a sail-boat like my grandad and pop over to Italy for the odd six months.

“Or maybe I’ll be a stay-at-home dad.

“I’ll need to slow down because I can’t just do a day’s work, I always push to get more out of myself, and if I keep working like this I’ll have the body of a 60-year-old by the time I’m 30.

He was called 'boring' by friends for missing out on nights out so he could save money

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He was called ‘boring’ by friends for missing out on nights out so he could save moneyCredit: SWNS
He worked two jobs around his studies and began working as an estate agent

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He worked two jobs around his studies and began working as an estate agentCredit: SWNS
He plans to own ten properties and plans on slowing down when he's 30

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He plans to own ten properties and plans on slowing down when he’s 30Credit: SWNS
My boyfriend pays the rent on our house… and he has no idea I’m actually the landlord





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