PHOTO: Dinisha Devadason hopes to build a property portfolio like her parents. Picture: Supplied Source: Supplied

Sydney woman Dinisha Devadason was making just $25 an hour in a part-time retail job when she signed the contract to her first property.

She was a 21-year-old nursing student at the time, and while her friends were spending their weekends partying, Ms Devadason was making “sacrifices” in the hope of securing her future.

It paid off — she’s now the owner of a $544,000 one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment in the western Sydney suburb of Parramatta.

The flat was bought off the plan, with the contract signed in 2017.

In March this year, the property was finally settled, and tenants have since moved in, netting Ms Devadason $400 per week in rental income.

That cash goes straight to her mortgage, leaving her with a little left over.

It’s a welcome reward after she spent years scraping together a 20 per cent deposit to make her property investment dream a reality.