PHOTO: First home buyers Luke Simpson and Paris Peng bought in Penrith.

THERE’S a silver lining to Sydney’s plummeting property prices, with people previously priced out of the market now getting a foothold.

Data provided exclusively to The Saturday Daily Telegraph reveals nearly two-thirds of first-time buyers feel home ownership is closer now than 12 months ago.

On top of that, 69 per cent said they were more positive about the overall market, ­according to the Westpac 2018 Home Ownership Report.

The bank’s head of home ownership Lauren Fine said a softer market had provided first-timers with the opp­ortunity they have been waiting for.