Many first home buyers struggle with knowing how much money they should have as a deposit.
Fortunately, there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to home deposits.
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What lenders want
Ideally, lenders would like you to have a 20% deposit. In other words, if you are looking to purchase a home worth $500,000, you should come to the table with savings in excess of $100,000.
The money you have saved will not only fund your initial contribution to the purchase price of a property but it will also be used to pay for stamp duty (where required), as well as any other fees and charges associated with buying a home.
What if you don’t have a 20% deposit? Don’t fret.
Many lenders will take a significantly lower deposit of 5% or 10% of the value of your desired property – provided you meet their specific lending criteria.
Of course, if your deposit is less than 20% of the value of your home, you will be required to pay Lenders’ Mortgage Insurance or LMI.
Another option is to seek assistance from your parents by way of them being a Guarantor on your loan