My friend's grandparents are giving her inheritance now for a down payment on a house instead of her waiting until later when they croak.
It could be this, or kids just not learning how to move on up the hard way.
Usually something like this. When you see someone making odd financial moves for their income, they have a backer.
Had to explain this to my GF when her friend "bought" a house at 22. Her parents thought it was silly for her friend to be renting, so they bought her a starter house and now she pays a mortgage. Seems trivial to the friend, like it was just a switch from one common thing to another.