Very few non-homeowners are saving for a deposit

Nia Williams

August 1, 2011

This is according to research from Halifax. In response, the lender has launched Head Start Home Saver, a new initiative to encourage potential first-time buyers to save for a deposit.

  • The Halifax report revealed savings behaviours of those looking to move onto the property ladder:
  • Only a third (32%) of non homeowners have a realistic plan to buy a house within the next five years
  • 14% say they are saving every penny for a deposit and making sacrifices to their lifestyle to do this

A further 14% are trying to save for a deposit but spend spare cash on having a good time

The Halifax Head Start Home Saver initiative has been designed to give borrowers a boost when they move into their new home. When a potential first-time buyer builds the balance of their Halifax savings accounts for 10 out of 12 calendar months of the year immediately before taking out a Halifax Home Saver mortgage from the dedicated first-time buyer range, they will receive a £600 payment into the account from which they pay their mortgage.

For choice and simplicity, customers can save in any Halifax savings account to qualify for the reward and they can choose from a number of mortgages from the dedicated range of first-time buyer mortgages.

Comenting, Simon Kenyon, Halifax savings director, said: “We know from our own research that for some customers to get on to the ladder, their savings behaviours need to change. With Head Start Home Saver, we are rewarding customers who save for their deposit with Halifax.

“The offer is available for customers who have already been saving for a deposit as well as providing an incentive for those customers who want to get on the ladder but have yet to develop that savings behaviour.

“There are numerous costs in that first month of homeownership, whether it is setting up an internet connection, buying new furniture, or paying council tax, so a helping hand in that first month of homeownership is a clear benefit. Many customers, of course, will use the reward to pay their first monthly mortgage instalment.”

The Halifax research also revealed the most common financial sacrifices that homeowners made to save enough to get on the ladder. A third said they had cut down or stopped going out (34%), and a quarter said they went on fewer or cheaper holidays (25%), or spent less on clothes, toiletries or personal grooming (24%).

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