Saving a house deposit while renting and still trying to have a life is a big task. We’re here to help, with savings accounts, experts, calculators, tips, guides and other options to help pull a deposit together.

Get your deposit together

Generally, you need a 20% deposit to qualify for a home loan, but don't be put off by the thought of pulling together all that money. Every little bit helps, so start putting aside some money each time you're paid. You can set up an automatic payment to a savings account, so the money disappears from your everyday account before you have a chance to spend it. As well as building up a nest egg, you'll be building a good savings history - which is something we'll look at when you apply for a home loan.

If you're a KiwiSaver member and are looking to buy your first home, congratulations, you're already saving. First time buyers who've been contributing to the scheme for for at least three years, can dip into their KiwiSaver with a first home withdrawal You might also be eligible for a First Home Grant of up to $10,000. You could also look for help closer to home - if your family is in a position to help out, they can gift you money towards your home loan.

And if a 20% target is too daunting, there are also ways you might be able to get into a house with a lower deposit. There are options that mean you may only need 10%, but the more deposit you have, the better.

Find the right savings account

Savings

Add money whenever you like, give notice to make a withdrawal.

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Savings

Earn good returns and have immediate access to your funds.

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Fixed term

Special

Lock your money away for longer and earn a higher rate.

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First Home Saver package

If you choose a Notice Saver, after six months of regular saving you could be eligible for our First Home Saver package. Benefits include preferential treatment for low deposit home loans for owner occupiers, meaning you might only need a 10% deposit. We'll also contribute $2,000 towards your first home expenses when you draw down your home loan and give you a 0.25% discount off our standard home loan rates.

Steps towards your savings goals

  1. Create a budget

    Think of a budget as a money plan, rather than something that's going to stop you from ever spending money on fun things again. A budget will help you see where you're spending money and where you can save money.

  2. Get on top of your debt

    Before starting to save, deal with any consumer debt you have - like credit cards, personal loans, store cards or hire purchases.

  3. Build a buffer

    An emergency fund can stop your finances from going backwards when life throws you a curve ball. Put a bit of money aside so you can deal with unexpected bills or expenses.

  4. Become a saver

    Fear of missing out (FOMO) is real, but don't let it derail your savings plan. Set yourself clear targets and keep your eye on the prize - a decent deposit.

Other options to get you there

Family assistance

You might be lucky enough to have family who are willing (and able) to pitch in some money to help you onto the property ladder. They could use some of the equity they've built up in an investment property or they could guarantee your loan.

Our home loan experts can help you understand your options, but it’s important to us that families receive independent advice before making a big decision like this. You want to make sure that helping you out won’t leave your loved ones worse off.

Calculators and tools

Talk to an expert

It's never too early to talk to one of our home loan experts. Even if you're just starting to save, they can talk through your options and opportunities.