• 7 tips to save your first home deposit sooner

    As a first home buyer, saving up a deposit can be a major hurdle between you and your first home. Save your deposit sooner with our 7 practical tips

  • If you’re a first home buyer, you would know that saving up a deposit can be one of the major hurdles between you and your first home. However, it is possible to clear this hurdle with the right level of planning and commitment.

    Here are seven practical tips that may help you get into your new home sooner:

    Understand your household budget

    Start by working out your household income and regular expenses. If you’re not good with spreadsheets or numbers, there are many free budget apps available online to help with this. Basically you want to know, at a household level, what your income is and how often you have to pay rent, loans, bills, groceries, transport, services, and other expenses. If you extend this out to a full year worth of income and expenses, you will quickly be able to see what your biggest overall costs are.

    Review your services and subscriptions

    Are there any services or subscriptions that you’re paying for but no longer need? Or are there better deals available in the market? Your current provider may even match a competitor’s offer if you ask. Some examples may be gym memberships, electricity, gas, subscription TV, phone or internet.

    Smooth out your big bills

    Getting a massive quarterly bill can be a shock to your cash flow. To minimise this, you could set up direct debits to pay a portion of the bill each time you get paid so you don’t get left with a large quarterly bill. As an alternative, some providers even offer a bill smoothing service which serves you smaller bills more often. Although this may mean some potential interest earnings are lost, it does remove the temptation of spending that money before the bill is due.

    Use regular direct debits to save

    After knowing your household budget, you should have an idea of how much you can realistically save each time you get paid. Setting up an ongoing direct debit to transfer money into a savings account can be a great way of building up your savings. By not seeing the money in the first place you are likely not to miss it.

    Consider a more affordable property when starting out

    Have you considered buying a property which is a bit further away from the city but more affordable? Getting onto the property ladder means you can start building up equity and paying off your home instead of renting. Further down the track you can always upgrade to your more preferred location.

    Consider a loan which requires less than 20% deposit

    Some lenders offer home loans which do not require the full 20% deposit although this usually means Lender’s Mortgage Insurance (LMI) costs are also payable. With a smaller deposit required, you may be able to get into your home sooner. Seek professional advice and consider whether this is right for you.

    Talk to an expert

    It may be worth getting in touch with a home loan expert so you can better understand your goals and what will be required when you’re finally ready to apply for a loan. This way you will know your savings target which may be achievable sooner than you think.

    Speak to Ken Wilson at RAMS Sydney South East about your home loan needs.

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    About the author

    With over 25 years’ experience under his belt, Ken Wilson, Principal of RAMS Sydney South East is no stranger to the mortgage industry. 

    Together with his dedicated team, Ken has been able to help thousands of Australians onto the property ladder, and into new homes. In addition to Ken’s hands-on experience in the industry, he also holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Diploma in Financial Planning and Mortgage Lending.

    Contact your local RAMS Home Loan Centre about your home loan options.

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    While such material is published with permission, RAMS is not responsible for its accuracy or completeness.  This information is general in nature and has been prepared without taking your objectives, needs and overall financial situation into account. For this reason, you should consider the appropriateness of the information to your own circumstances and, if necessary, seek appropriate professional advice.