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It doesn’t matter where you are in life, whether you are entering the property market for the first time, looking to buy your forever family home or looking to invest, you can get started on saving for a house deposit. Home ownership is possible, and a dream you can make come true.
With all the property market data available online, it's easier than ever to do your research on house and apartment prices so you can put a budget and savings plan in place. It also helps to establish how much you can borrow as this will influence where, and what, you buy. If you can't afford your favourite neighbourhood, consider options such as rent-vesting as a way of getting your foot in the property market door.
As well as a solid deposit, stamp duty charges vary from state to state, and there's also the cost of conveyancing to consider. If your deposit is less than 20% of the price of the property, you may need to fund lenders’ mortgage insurance as well. Our handy calculators can help you figure it all out before you start house-hunting.
Get cracking on a budget and savings plan by reviewing your weekly and monthly expenses. Take a good look at where you can realistically save money, but make sure you leave yourself with a little wiggle room for holidays, emergencies and catching up with friends.
When you've worked out what you spend on living and other expenses, it’s time to renegotiate. You're more than likely to save money by renegotiating mobile, internet, and even energy contracts. Credit cards are also worth revisiting.
With your new, lean budget in place, it’s time to divert newfound savings towards your home ownership efforts. Open a savings account that is just for your home deposit and set up a direct deposit from your pay straight into that account on pay day. You won’t even miss the funds going out.