WHILE most young people her age are partying, travelling or living the skint student lifestyle, Kylie Slack, at just 18, has moved into her first house.And there is no stopping the future property mogul with plans already to buy a second piece of real estate in 12 months time.Ms Slack works two jobs at Oceanworld Seafood Market and Cairns Hand Clinic and is paying less per week for her mortgage repayments, insurance and council rates than she would if she were renting.The sale at 3 Rambutan Cl, Manoora settled a week ago for $265,000.Ms Slack said she saved up the money she had earned since starting work at 13 to put down a more than 20 per cent deposit on the three bedroom house.“It was a goal of mine from a young age to buy a house. My parents had four properties so it something I grew up with,” she said.“I wanted to get my foot in the door early because I know how hard it is.“I looked at lots of places before I decided on this one. I sometimes work on Saturdays and that is usually when most of the open homes are on so I’d send my boyfriend along to check out some properties. “My friends were a bit surprised to learn I’d bought a house but I think they thought, if it was going to be anyone, it’d be me.”Ms Slack said she had achieved her dream through hard work and no financial help from her parents, except for free board and food for a year after she finished school.Her partner will live in the home with her.Although everything still feels surreal for Ms Slack, the confident, intelligent young woman said no matter what age prospective home buyers were, it was important to start saving as soon as possible.“Make your sacrifices now and it will benefit you in the future,” Ms Slack said.“I was lucky I could stay at home rent free for a year. I’d say to young people to stay home as long as you can, even if you have to pay board.“Once you’re in the rental market, it is harder to get out. But I do understand everyone’s circumstances are different.”RE/MAX agent Cathy Ratcliffe said Ms Slack’s determination was to be admired.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days ago“She’s sensible, she is starting off with a small mortgage which she can easily pay off,” Ms Ratcliffe said.“Kylie was one of the group’s to view the house on the first weekend we opened it for inspection.”Ms Ratcliffe said buyers shouldn’t be put off by older suburbs in less wealthy areas.“Some of these older suburbs are sleeping giants,” she said.“They are closer to the city, close to schools, they’re going to come into their own in the future. “And, it is great to set these kind of goals, even if you decide to rent it out or sell it later and go travelling.”With listings still on the lower side, Ms Ratcliffe said affordable properties were snapped up quickly but many homeowners were opting to take advantage of the tight rental market and leasing their homes before selling.