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    We saved 35,000 in a year. Lived with mil got preg! Lucky to get gifted some $ and inheritence. Our house was $215k. Df earns roughly 70k a year I earn nothing.

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    Our first home cost $35K. So we didn't need a deposit really, just a good savings/deposit/banking history.



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    We were gifted a substantial deposit for our first home which we built for $160000. We have gone onto build again, sell, buy existing, sell and buy existing again. We have sold for a profit each time and will own our home by the end of next year as we pay substantially more than the repayments and keep savings in our offset account.

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    We lived with DH parents for 2 years whilst they travelled off and on to save 35000. (We were not big earners, combined income 60k). We had 10% deposit.

    It was a good time to enter the markey. At that time first home owners grant was 14000 and NSw govt didn't charge stamp duty for first home owners saving 8000.

    If the inlaws hadn't travelled I don't think our relationship would of survived 2 years with his parents.... It was very hard living with MIL.

    We were very fortunate to have the opportunity with all the grants and parents travelling.

    Eta: we weren't married at that stage we didn't want to waste money on a wedding.
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    It took us 2 years to save around $42000. That was pretty much on DP's wage as I was on mat leave or only working part time. We had one child for a year of the savings. We then had our parents chip in to get us to 20%, about half was gifted and the rest loaned. We told them since we weren't getting married would they help us buy a house instead of paying for a wedding.
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    We were both young, earning nothing/next to nothing when we got our loan. I had about $35k (combination of a savings account my parents had for me as a kid, money I saved as a kid, and money I saved from working part time whilst at uni) and my partner had about $40k (gifted from his dad, inheritance from his dad's grandmother). We're well aware that we were incredibly lucky. Had we not been gifted that money, it would have taken us maybe 2 years to save that amount (my partner earning about $20k a year, me about $50k), but would have required waiting an extra couple of years until I had finished uni to then do the saving.

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    I am thinking of going through keystart , only available in WA , anyone had experience or know anyone that has tried this?

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    We bought our house last year with a 70k deposit, which we had saved gradually for years, about half was in our first home savers accounts, then we had a couple of term deposits and a couple of high interest savings accounts. We are both low income earners, I've never earned more than 16k in a year and DH had at the time only worked full time for one year as a teacher on a contract. We managed to buy just before the 7k first home buyers grant was scrapped and found a great house within our price range, so everything fell into place for us. To save up the deposit we did miss out on a fair bit, like our wedding was done on a very tight budget and we didn't really have a proper honeymoon. But we will make up for it in the future!

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    Bought 2 houses and had wedding within 3 years. (small unit, wedding, big house). First house is in DH's name, he saved for a few years while renting and borrowed some off his parents (20 and $30,000) I paid for the wedding outright ($18,000) 2 years savings while DH paid the mortgage. Second house combination of my savings ($10,000 six month after wedding), refinancing, and borrowing more from the in laws. We both earned 6 figures but I'm currently on mat leave.


 

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