Emma Orlando was determined to move into an estate agency, but she soon realized that she would never be able to save anything if she had to spend at least £1,000 (30.2 million VND) per month on rent. So, 3 years ago, she made a dramatic decision. The 28-year-old girl moved into a mobile home to reduce costs.
In about 3 years of living and working there, she saved £50,000 to buy a house in Cornwall, England.
Emma built the mobile home with the help of a friend based on online instructional videos. Not only does she live there, but she works as a freelancer in marketing, it is also Emma’s office. He said that driving this motorhome is no different from other normal cars.
The dream of owning a home is becoming distant for young people due to rising home loan interest rates and salaries not keeping pace with real estate prices.
According to British real estate agent Zoopla, buying a home requires an average deposit of £34,500. Many people find it difficult to obtain such a sum of money without family support. This forces the youth today to adopt new ways of adaptation.
Unlike in Vietnam, Western youth tend to live separately as they reach adulthood. People who still live with their parents are considered “peculiar phenomena”, “parasites”… This is clearly shown in famous romantic comedies. failure to Launch It is about a 35-year-old young man who still lives at his parents’ house.
Because they can’t afford to buy a house, “Trips” (Trip is the name of the main character in the movie) appear more and more in real life. For example, in the UK, an estimated 700,000 more people are living with their parents today than a decade ago.
Some people who cannot afford a home prefer to live in a mobile home. The rise of remote working further supports this lifestyle.
The National Caravan Council, which represents people living in motorhomes in the UK, said motorhome sales had grown steadily every year since 2013, peaking during COVID-19.
“Due to rising rental/purchase prices and cost of living, a growing number of people have chosen mobile homes as an alternative to traditional housing,” spokeswoman Rebecca Hutton said.
Amy Nicholson was one such person when she lived in a van after moving in with her parents in Kent two years ago. With the help of her parents, Amy converted the van into a mobile home with solar batteries.
“Before living with my parents, I had to spend 1,200 pounds (36.2 million VND) per month on rent and utility bills. Therefore, it can be said that now I save a large amount of money.”
Thanks to solar batteries, it mainly pays for cooking gas (£40/year) and rent for a parking space. Thanks to this, he saved money to buy a small house. Although he still needed the support of his parents, it was much easier.
Lewis Nyman, 36, also chose a similar lifestyle to save money. He paid £750/month for a shared flat, then more than £1,000/month for a private apartment in Brighton.
But he saved £25,000 by living in a mobile home.
However, he also admits that this lifestyle is not convenient in winter. However, a mobile home is often not as comfortable as a traditional apartment. Even lighting a fireplace becomes difficult for those who are particularly cold.
Because he can work remotely, he plans to move to Spain or real estate during the winter months.
Not just single people, couple Robert and Marionna Bolohan, 29 and 27, also lived in a mobile home more than a year ago. If they live in a traditional way, they are not able to save money to buy a house.
But if many people see this as a temporary way of living until they save enough money, the Bolohans have really come to love this way of life. As a result, they end up staying in the mobile home longer than planned.
However, they also admit that they will have to “settle down” eventually, so they are still investing in a property in Catalonia, Spain.