A young Perth couple say their fears that land prices will continue to "rocket" motivated them to save early for their first home together.
Nick Brown, 21 and his 18-year-old partner Ebony Easterbrook are barely into adulthood, but are already building a home on a 351sqm block they bought in Dayton, in Perth's eastern suburbs.
They paid $235,000 for their block - $100 a square metre more than the Perth average of $563sqm - but despite the financial strain, they were relieved to get their home under construction before prices rose further.
Mr Brown said the couple were typical of many young people who felt pressured to buy their first property before land was priced out of their reach.
"I know friends who are trying to clear all their debts so they can get a house now before it goes up too much further," he said. "It does make it hard."
"The next land release out here apparently is meant to be right up as well so I guess I'm glad we got in now instead of in six months to a year's time."
The couple plan to build a four-bedroom, two-bathroom home on their new block for about $170,000, after looking for property close to the city, family and their workplaces at Perth Airport and Ballajura. They were not surprised to learn the price per square metre of residential land in Perth was the most expensive in the country and were frustrated by the cost of land in Perth.
"The cost is pretty extreme," Miss Easterbrook said. "You pay for the house and pay double for the land for it to sit on."
Mr Brown said established homes the same size as their planned home cost much more and the higher price of homes closer to the city forced them 20km east of the CBD.
"The price of land makes it hard to get started," he said.
"You're not building a very big house but your mortgage is massive. You're not getting a lot in return, I guess."