When preparing to buy your first home, saving for a deposit can be a difficult process. As house prices, inflation and the cost of living increases, it can be challenging trying to save a large sum of money. It’s also important to consider all the other costs that are involved in buying a property – conveyancing, legal fees, insurance policies and moving to name a few.
How much do I need to save?
A 5% deposit of the property value is the minimum amount you are able put down, however your options may be limited. The larger deposit you can provide, the less risk you will be considered to lenders and better rates will be available to you.
Where do I start?
Set a savings goal, which you can break down into easier amounts and a time frame to achieve it. Regular saving is most effective and it’s important to be realistic about how much you can save monthly so that it’s more attainable and doesn’t feel like such a chore or impact your life severely. Researching house prices in the area you would like to buy your property and using mortgage borrowing calculators online can help you work out how much you may need to save.
Savings accounts options
There are many ways of saving for your deposit. Look around and think about what you want to achieve and how quickly. With a Lifetime ISA (LISA), if you’re a first-time buyer under 40, you get a 25% bonus on your savings. For example, you can deposit up to £4,000 each tax year and receive a government bonus of £1,000 on top, meaning you would have £5,000 at the end of the tax year. It could help you reach your deposit goal quicker.
Top tips on how to build your savings:
We’re here to help you save or invest your money to build your deposit. We will make sure your savings and investments are working for you and advise you on how much you can borrow for a mortgage. We’ll also be here to help find the right mortgage deal when you are ready to buy your first home!
If you would like to find out more, please get in touch with us.
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