What should I consider when saving a deposit?

Answer

When it comes to saving a deposit to buy a property there are two main things to think about:

  • How much you can save―the bigger your deposit, the less you’ll need to borrow and generally the less interest you’ll pay over the life of the home loan. However, saving a large deposit may take time and in a market where prices are rising, the home you want may become more expensive. It’s a balancing act and you need to make a decision that’s right for you.
  • How much you aim to spend and how much you can borrow―most lenders will generally ask you to have 10–20% of the property price in genuine savings so you can show you have the financial discipline to repay a loan. But some financial institutions may lend to you if a family member provides the deposit, signs as guarantor or buys the property with you as a co-owner. However, you’ll still need to show you have savings and the ability to repay the loan.

 

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