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Deposit hurdle gets slightly lower for first home buyers…

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First home buyers are able to enter the market a little faster than a year ago, new research has found.

At a national level in February, it took 4 years 9 months for a first home buyer to save a 20% deposit on an entry-level house, compared to 4 years 11 months the year before. For an entry-level unit, the time to save a deposit was 3 years 5 months – one month faster than the year before.

Domain classified an entry-level property as one ranked at the 25th price percentile (with the 1st percentile being the cheapest home and the 100th being the dearest). Domain’s calculations assumed that first home buyers were a couple aged between 25-34, earning an average salary for someone their age.

The reason that first home buyers are now able to save a deposit more quickly is not because property prices have fallen over the past year – because they’ve actually increased. Rather, it’s because earnings power (through a combination of higher wages and higher savings account interest rates) has grown faster than property prices.