"I'm sick of millionaires telling me why I'll never buy a house."

Property tycoon, 35-year-old Tim Gurner, has solved the national housing affordability crisis in one concise segment on Channel 9’s 60 Minutes, and we all owe him a very sincere thank you.  

With no less than half a billion dollars to his name, Gurner summarises his philosophy in one sentence: “When I was trying to buy my first home, I wasn’t buying smashed avocado for $19 and four coffees at $4 each.”

“They want to eat out every day, they want to travel to Europe every year,” he told 60 Minutes, referring to Generation Y. “This generation is watching the Kardashians and thinking that’s normal. Thinking that owning a Bentley is normal, that owning a BMW is normal.”

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If my interpretation is correct, it would appear that what Gurner is saying, is that if you spend less money on small things, you will save more money for big things, later

Holy shit. Economists, take the rest of the day off. Politicians, have a nap. Financial planners, you’ve all been made redundant.

Gurner’s got this.

The only thing missing from Gurner’s musings is, of course, anything that mildly resembles a fact. Here are some of them:

  • The average rate of savings in Australia is currently higher than it has been at any point since the 80s, and those aged between 25 and 34 are above average savers.
  • While the cost of a home continues to increase astronomically, the average wage has stagnated.
  • CoreLogic’s director of research, Tim Lawless, says, “The 20 per cent deposits have never been so difficult and on that measure we have never seen affordability as challenging as what it is at the moment.”
  • By every official international analysis, Australian housing is close to, if not the most, overvalued on the planet.

But… why would Gurner, who is just trying to be helpful, overlook these statistics?

Perhaps it’s because Gurner’s job is literally to sell us overpriced property. Just a hunch.

But young people, put DOWN your $4 coffee. Because in just 147 years, you’ll have enough to put a deposit down on an average home in Sydney. Quit your complaining, please. It’s just that easy.


And spit out your avocado, you greedy youth. Because if you forgo buying avocado on toast for $19 once a week for breakfast (where the f*ck is charging that much?), you’ll have enough to put a deposit down on an average home in Sydney in just 212 years.

Yep, Gurner became a multi, multi, multi millionaire, by choosing work over the morning cafe run.


Oh… and also he was gifted $34, 000 by his grandfather to give him a bit of a kick start. In coffeenomics, that’s 23 years worth of $4 coffees.

What Gurner did last night, by using the platform of 60 Minutes to blame our morning lattes, and possibly a seeded tasty, not to mention nutritious fruit, was the ultimate act of gaslighting.


Gaslighting is a social phenomenon which is a way of manipulating someone by psychological means into doubting their own sanity.

The property market isn’t mad, Gurner insists. We are.

Of course you can’t afford a home when, in his words, “…you’re spending $40 a day on smashed avocado and coffees and not working,” but that doesn’t at all represent the average life of a millennial in Australia.

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Nor do Bentleys or BMWs.

Sure, we might travel more than our predecessors. But that has less to do with our luxurious lifestyles, and more to do with the fact that travel is more affordable than ever before.

Image via Channel 9.

Gen Ys don't think anyone before us was gifted a home as a rite of passage. We know our parents and grandparents worked bloody hard for it. We know there were sacrifices, because we know, fundamentally, how money works.

But what we don't need is a property mogul, who had a head start most of us can't even imagine, telling us to stop drinking coffee.

Some industries, property being one of them, will place you on the Business Review Weekly’s 2016 Rich List.

Other industries - teaching, nursing, child care, waitressing, aged care, administration, the list goes on - will not. No matter how many coffees you go without.

Gurner sounded about as out of touch as the Marie Antoinette mythically declaring, "Let them eat cake!"

Except Gurner won't even give us that.

We shall not only go without a home, but according to him, we must also go without coffee.