As a first time buyer, saving for a deposit is much the same as for other homebuyers. It will depend on how much you’re able to save and how long you’re able to save for. The average deposit for a first time buyer in the UK is a 15% deposit of £13,224.
This figure is of course highly variable because it is a UK-wide average. Some houses in some areas will have significantly more expensive 15% deposits or can have cheaper 15% deposits in line with their value.
By factoring in how much you can save over a given period, you can aim for a deposit value of your choosing, and you can see what percentage that will be of the value of the properties you are interested in. With the government’s mortgage guarantee scheme, you could save for a 5% deposit for a home, or depending on how much you are prepared to save, you could save up a 15% deposit, or even higher.
It is worthy to note however that the larger your deposit on your home (the greater the percentage), the more likely you will be to secure a mortgage with lower interest rates and lower fees. You will also make smaller monthly payments with a larger percentage deposit for the same mortgage than if you went with a smaller percentage deposit.