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You should figure out what your price range for houses is, making sure you will be able to afford the repayments. Once you have this price range, calculate your deposit in seconds using our handy calculator.

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Calculate and track your deposit

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Your lender will go through exactly how much you’ll need to have saved, which will include your deposit and the other associated costs like stamp duty and Lenders Mortgage Insurance (if applicable).

Calculate your stamp duty

Generally, you'll need to have saved a minimum 5% (plus costs) of the purchase price as a deposit but if your parents are happy to give you a hand in providing security for your loan, our Family Pledge option may mean you can reduce, or even eliminate, the amount you need to contribute.

Get the right account

Once you have a figure for exactly how much you need to have saved for your deposit, you’ll want all the help you can get to save as quickly as possible. No doubt you’ll be scrimping and saving every spare cent you can afford, but the smart option is to get yourself the right savings account.

Our Bonus Saver savings account rewards your good saving habits by paying you a higher-interest rate when you make multiple deposits and no withdrawals in a given month. If you're under 25 our Life Saver account is also great for this purpose.

Our Bonus Saver

Our higher-interest account rewards your good savings habits and makes your money work harder.

Bonus Saver account

Use the tools available

Even with the right account, from time to time you’ll no doubt feel like time is dragging, and your deposit will take forever to save. This can happen, but you shouldn’t let it dishearten you.

Clear away the fog and get a better picture of your savings journey with The Greater Bank Savings Goal Calculator.

By entering your details and calculating how long it will take to reach your goal, you’ll have a concrete timeframe. Knowing exactly how long it will take to save your deposit will keep you on track.

Calculate and track your deposit

Plot your savings journey so you know the light at the end of the tunnel when you see it!

Savings Goal Calculator

Set a budget and stick to it

Stay on track

Whether or not you reach your deposit savings goal sooner or later will be heavily affected by your ability to manage your money day-to-day.

Budgeting is more important than ever when you’re trying to save money, so it’s important to make every dollar count.

Check out our how-to guide to budgeting

Use our Budget Planner

Getting a better picture of your finances is just a couple of clicks away. Simply enter your details and see how much you could be saving.

Budget Planning Tool

Your questions answered

How much of a deposit do you need for a house?

It's a commonly held belief that you need to have saved 20% of the purchase price of your new home in order to secure a home loan and buy a place.

While having a 20% deposit is great, there are other ways to get the home loan, and the home you want, sooner.

One way is to pay Lender's Mortgage Insurance (LMI) - if you're not able to reach the 20% deposit mark, you can still get a loan by tacking LMI onto the balance of your loan. More on LMI here.

Another way is to secure a guarantor for your loan. If you're able to use some of the equity in your parents' property, you could be able to borrow up to 100% of the purchase price of your home in some instances. More on guarantor loans here.

How does a deposit on a house work?

A housing deposit is an amount of money a potential home-buyer has saved in an attempt to get a home loan, and secure a property purchase. 

Traditionally, the figure of 20% of the purchase price of the home was seen as the right deposit amount to have saved, but 20% representing many hundreds of thousands of dollars in some instances, this is no longer a hard and fast requirement on the path to home ownership.

From a lender's perspective, one of the main functions of the deposit is to show that the borrower(s) are able to save money and represent favourable candidates for a loan.

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++ $2,000 cashback for loans ≥$250,000 with LVR of less than or equal to 80%, or $3,000 cashback for loans ≥$500,000 with LVR of less than or equal to 80%,. Applications must be submitted by 31/05/2024 and funded by 31/08/2024. Only one (1) Cashback Payment per eligible loan, and for first eligible loan only. Not available in conjunction with any other promotional payment. Offer may be varied or withdrawn at any time. See the full Cashback Offer Terms and Conditions. Terms, conditions, fees, charges and credit criteria apply.

~At the end of the fixed rate period customers can chose to re-fix their loan for another fixed rate period or let the loan revert to the applicable variable interest rate based on the loan and repayment type.

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#Discounted rates include a discount on Home Loans of $150,000 or over and for owner occupied Home Loans with an LVR 80% or below and for investment Home Loan with an LVR 80% or below and apply to new borrowings only. Discounted rate not available for Line of Credit facilities.

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