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How Much Money Do You Need for a Property Deposit?

Updated: Jun 22

Buying your first home is on the bucket list for so many people and we understand why! The excitement of owning your own place, the freedom to paint the walls any colour you want, and the ability to build up equity as you repay your mortgage are all big wins. But, before you get too carried away dreaming about your future garden parties and cozy reading nooks, there’s the small matter of the property deposit to consider. Let’s dive into what you need to know about saving up for that crucial first step onto the property ladder.


There is no Ideal Deposit Amount


When it comes to property deposits, there’s no one-size-fits-all amount. Some savvy savers manage to get on the property ladder with a modest £10,000, while others might fork out a hefty £100,000 or more. It all depends on your financial circumstances, the property market, and your financial goals. So, if you’ve got some savings but you’re worried it’s not enough, don’t despair! You might be closer to home ownership than you think. The key is to have a conversation with a professional and see where you stand.


Minimum Deposit Requirements


For most mortgage lenders, the minimum deposit you’ll need is 5% of the property’s price so if you look at the price of properties that meet your requirements, you can easily work out how much deposit is required. For example, if you are hoping to buy a home costing £300,000, you’d need to save up at least £15,000. If however the maximum amount  you are being leant doesn’t cover 95% of the property price your minimum deposit would be more. For example if the maximum you can borrow is £250,000 and you’d like to buy a property worth £300,000 you would need a deposit of £50,000. Put simply Deposit = Property Price – amount loaned. Sounds simple enough, right? Whether you’re eyeing a chic city apartment or a cozy countryside cottage, knowing the minimum deposit requirement gives you a tangible savings target to aim for.


There are benefits of a Larger Deposit


While saving the minimum 5% deposit can get your foot in the door, putting down a larger deposit has its perks. One of the most significant advantages is the potential for better interest rates on your mortgage. Lenders often offer more favorable rates to buyers who can pay a larger percentage of the property’s price upfront. This is because a lower loan-to-value (LTV) ratio reduces the lender’s risk. So, if you can manage to save a bit more, say 10% or 20%, you could end up with lower monthly payments and save a bundle on interest over the life of your loan.


Next steps: Saving for your Property Deposit


Saving for a property deposit might seem daunting at first, but having a plan can help. Having a serious look at your finances and work out how much you can aim to save each month. If you’re working towards at least 5% of your desired property’s price you can then calculate exactly how long it’s going to take.  And if you can swing a larger deposit, all the better for securing a great mortgage rate. So, start saving, keep dreaming, and soon enough, you’ll be turning the key to your very own front door. Read our article on Saving Tips to help you on your way.

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