Why a Lifetime ISA could make buying your first home more affordable

First-time buyers looking to get their foot on the property ladder face more challenges than ever before. As house price rises continue unabated, the dream of getting even a toe on the property ladder is being pushed further out of reach. Research by the Halifax shows that the average price paid by first time buyers has increased by 39% over the past decade from £153,030 in 2008 to £212,473 in 2018, and the average deposit increased by 57% over the same timeframe from £21,133 in 2008 to £33,252 in 2018.

But fear not, help is now at hand. The new Lifetime ISA could be the only hope for many young people of getting enough money together to buy their first home.

Here’s the scoop:

The Lifetime ISA (LISA), available from 6th April 2017, is a savings account that will allow those between the ages of 18-39 to save up to £4,000 a year towards their first home or for retirement.

25% government bonus of up to £1,000 each year

Here’s the best bit: the government will then add a whopping 25% annual bonus to these contributions. So if you save the maximum of £4,000, that means an additional £1,000 each year, up to the age of 50 – so it could add up to a substantial amount. Whether you use some or all of your savings towards buying your first home or your retirement, it is good to know your money has been given a big 25% boost.

Buying together bonus

For couples, there’s better news still. If you are using a Lifetime ISA to buy a first home, your partner can also use a LISA to save for the deposit meaning that you can benefit from two lots of government bonuses – doubling your savings effort. Once you have used your savings to buy your first property, you could continue saving into the Lifetime ISA to help towards your retirement and you will still receive the government bonuses.

How to get started

Even if you have only the vaguest of plans to buy your first property at some point in the not too distant future, then opening a Lifetime ISA could be a suitable option for you.

Find out more about the Foresters Lifetime ISA and how we can help you save for your first home or retirement

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