Channel 4’s Kirstie Allsopp, whose family helped buy their first property, says young people can afford a house if they give up coffee, the gym and Netflix.

Channel 4’s Kirstie Allsopp has come under fire after saying ‘many’ young people can afford to buy a house.

The property presenter, best known for co-hosting shows like Location, Location, Location and Love It or List It UK, claims young people could own their first home today if they gave up their luxuries.

The 50-year-old, whose family reportedly helped her buy her first home when she was 21, said if young people stopped paying for cafes, gym memberships and Netflix subscriptions, they could move up the property ladder.

The Relocation, Relocation presenter said she feels “infuriated” when young people say they can’t afford to buy a house, the Mirror reports.

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Kirstie also advised that first-time buyers should either move in with their parents or ‘look up north’ in cheaper areas to afford their lifestyle while saving for a deposit on a home.

According to the Sunday Times, the property guru is said to have bought her first home with the financial help of her family at the age of 21, when the average house price in the UK was around £51,000.

Adjusted for inflation, that’s £112,000, compared to £255,556 for the average cost of a home today.

“When I bought my first property, I went abroad, the EasyJet, the cafe, the gym, the Netflix lifestyle didn’t exist,” he told The Times.

“I used to walk to work with a sandwich. And on payday I’d go get a pizza, go to the movies and buy lipstick.”

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Property Presenter Kirsty Allsopp
Property Presenter Kirsty Allsopp

The presenter acknowledged that interest rates were much lower today, but added that there were ‘new drains on finances’ from today’s young first-time buyers.

“I don’t want to belittle those people who can’t do it,” the presenter continued.

“But there are a lot of people who can and don’t. It’s hard. We’ve fallen into the trap of saying it’s impossible for everyone. It’s about where you can buy, not if you can buy. There’s a question of wanting to make those sacrifices.

“I’m in Nottingham at the moment and there’s a nice three-bedroom house with a big garden for £320,000. I get mad when people say they can’t afford to buy. They can.”

“But they have to move, which is difficult if you don’t have roots there. I know there are many who can’t afford to buy, but others aren’t willing to make the sacrifices.”

Kirstie continued, “Ask yourself, could you get a job, live at home with your parents for three years, and save every penny for a deposit? I’ve seen people do it. They make huge sacrifices. It’s not impossible for everyone.”

Kirsty Allsopp co-stars in Location Location Location with Phil Spencer
Kirsty Allsopp co-stars in Location Location Location with Phil Spencer

Kirstie’s comments have sparked a debate on Twitter, with many criticizing the presenter’s opinion.

First-time buyers and some big names have furiously slammed the star who ‘got his family to give him his house’ when house prices were low.

Former Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan criticized the host of Location, Location, Location in a scathing tweet after her ‘insensitive’ comments.

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“Every time Kirstie Allsopp is trending I check why and see she has said another incredibly stupid, ridiculously misinformed and woefully privileged thing,” the 56-year-old star tweeted.

“So I hope she responds to the totally justified outrage by throwing her toys out of the pram and getting off Twitter again,” he added.

“Kirstie Allsopp is living proof that any privately educated daughter of a baronet can buy her first home at 21, so don’t let anyone tell you otherwise,” one Twitter user wrote.

“Kirstie Allsopp is absolutely right. I just canceled Netflix and bought a house for £5.99,” said another furious.

“Kirstie Allsopp needs to learn when to stop talking. She bought a house for £51,000!!!!!! Anyone could do that today if she stopped being a gym and Netlix member. Not for a house worth £320,000 though said another person. she pointed

Meanwhile, a fourth was furious: “Outraged by your silly comments. As if leaving Netflix was enough money to buy a house in London. Control.”

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