first home

Buying your first home is an exciting time and life-changing. To turn it into reality, it’s time to save money now.

Here are tips to help you save money for your first home:

1. Know how much you can afford

When determining how much you can afford for your first home, you have to be realistic. Today, you can find mortgage calculators online that can calculate the amount you can spend on a property. This type of calculator will add the amount you can afford to borrow and the deposit saved, including any fees and charges.

2) Analyse how much you spend

Now, it’s time to look at your current financial situation and spending habits. Analyse how much you’re currently spending. Just like with an online mortgage calculator or a finance broker, you can also use an app or a tool online to help you sort out your spending habits and be more organised.

3) Pay off your debts

It’s likely that you need to get a mortgage loan for your first home, this means you’re going to need to pay for that loan for years, and you don’t want to be paying any other debts by then. As you prepare to purchase your first home (whether or not you will get a mortgage loan or not), start paying off your debts now. This is a smart way to establish a path towards your first home. The fewer debts you have, the more likely a mortgage loan will be granted by the bank of your choice with low-interest rates. 

4) Consider getting a second source of income

The digital world has become a hotbed for side gigs that will help earn you more money. Be on the lookout for freelance opportunities. Use your skills to make more and save them for your first home. You can also check out the services section of online classified or marketplaces where you can showcase your skills or trades. Platforms online are also making it easier to get more side hustles. 

5) Sell unused items

If you have items that you no longer need, instead of throwing or giving them away, make money out of them. One of the easiest ways to sell is to do it online.

6) Live more thrifty

While this may not be feasible for everyone, make little changes to your lifestyle by being more thrifty. If there are cheaper alternatives for the goods that you use, your transportation, etc. use them. The more you save now, the more money you can have to buy your first home.
Buying your first home will take a lot of planning and preparation. Your finances and your lifestyle are the two most important factors that can make it happen. Therefore, revisit your spending habits, make the necessary changes, and adjust your lifestyle and be more thrifty. Doing these things will not only help you save for your first home, but it can benefit your entire life. 

So, are you ready to get your first home?