One in three first home buyers stuck saving for a deposit for over five years

One in three first home buyers stuck saving for a deposit for over five years
One in three first home buyers stuck saving for a deposit for over five years

One third of Australians spend over five years saving for a deposit, according to new research commissioned by finder.com.au.

The 2,006 person survey also found the majority of people take 3.7 years to save a deposit on average.

Would-be home buyers from Queensland and New South Wales take nearly four years, or 47 months, to save for a home deposit on average, the highest across the states and territories.

Home buyers in Victoria come in at third place, taking an average of 45 months to save for a deposit.

The median apartment price nationally is $545,000 and most borrowers need a minimum 10 percent deposit, the equivalent to $54,500.

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One in three first home buyers stuck saving for a deposit for over five years

Men take slightly longer than women to save for a deposit, according to finder.com.au money expert Bessie Hassan.

On average, women take 43 months (3.6 years) to save for a deposit, while men take 45 months (3.8 years).

Over 11% of Aussies have saved for 10 years or more to have enough funds to complete a deposit.

Prospective home buyers in South Australia take the least time to save for a home deposit, with almost three quarters (72.27%) taking under five years.

“With interest rates at a historic low of 1.5%, first home buyers are madly saving to pursue the Australian dream and break into the property market," Bessie said.

“Although saving for a deposit can require financial discipline and personal sacrifices, it’s not unattainable.

“Set yourself a savings goal and come up with actionable ways to achieve your goal.

"For example, you can boost your savings by cutting back on unnecessary costs such as entertainment or travel expenses, or by consolidating any existing personal debt that you have,” Hassan said.

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One in three first home buyers stuck saving for a deposit for over five years

“For a full documentation loan, however, you should aim to save at least 20% of the purchase price so you don’t have to pay lenders mortgage insurance,” she says.

There are a range of other costs to account for when it comes to buying real estate including legal fees, inspection costs, stamp duty, home loan application or establishment fees, and insurance.

“It’s definitely not a short-term goal for most.

"You have to trim expenses and make sacrifices for many years.

“The next generation of home buyers should be realistic about the length of time it takes to save a deposit as well as the financial commitment required to hold and maintain a property.

“As well as a deposit and upfront costs of purchasing a property, there are also several ongoing charges including periodic mortgage repayments, repairs and maintenance, cleaning, and taxes,” she says.

 

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