More than one in four Britons aged 55 and over financially support their child or other dependents to get on the property ladder, a survey has found.
Some 27% of over-55s said they have helped someone buy their own property, according to credit checking company Experian.
But 15% of these helped despite saying they are "not at all" financially comfortable themselves.
While 60% of home-owning over-55s paid £20,000 or less towards their first property, the average UK house price is now around 10 times this, at around £200,000.
A deposit of £1,000 or less was needed by 41% of over-55s to buy for the first time.
Nearly half of home-owning over-55s were able to buy their own home between the ages of 20 and 25.
First-time buyer average age now stands around 30 years old.