The latest research by new home specialists, Stone Real Estate, has looked at just how long it will take to earn the equivalent of a 15% mortgage deposit for a new home based on the daily wage at a number of different salary brackets.
Stone Real Estate looked at the net earnings per day for various salary levels since the year began and at what point this year or next, these earnings would have reached £43,975, the average 15% deposit for a new build home (£293,167).
The data shows that for those on a wage of £1.2m or above, the minor sum of £43,975 has been in the bag since yesterday, just 26 days into the new year.
However, spare a thought for those buying in London where the average new build cost is £502,228 and a 15% deposit equates to £75,335, as they would have to be on a wage of £2.1m or above to hit the threshold as of yesterday.
In contrast, those just starting out on a wage of £20,000, would have to work for 937 days, 912 days more, just to hit a 15% mortgage deposit on the average new build home, meaning they won’t reach the same point until 26th July 2022!
This is again higher in London, where it would require someone on £20,000 to work for 1,604 days or until 23rd May 2024 just to earn the required deposit of £75,334.
Raking in £50k a year? It would still have to work until 4th March next year (428 days) or 3rd January 2022 in the capital.
From £70,000 a year and up you’re on track to save the average UK new build deposit before 2020 is out, taking 241 days on a £100k salary and just 58 if you’re earning £500k.
In London, you need to be earning £200k to make the cut by August of this year (235 days), while £500k will see you reach the sum in just 100 days!
Even when taking life’s other expenses into account and working on the basis of saving just 20% of your net income, those on £400,000 or more would still have tucked away enough to afford a 15% deposit on the average UK new build this year!
Founder and CEO of Stone Real Estate, Michael Stone, commented:
“For many aspirational homebuyers across the UK and particularly in London, the financial hurdle of compiling that all-important mortgage deposit is huge and it can take them years of saving in order to get to that point.
Of course, life makes it impossible to save 100% of our income and while it may take you even longer tucking away 20% of your net income, doing so will soon provide you with a very firm foundation and luckily for most of us, the Bank of Mum and Dad will help to reduce the time it takes to get a foot on the ladder considerably.
The silver lining of this long savings slog? Yes the initial hurdle is high, but the reward is one of the most fulfilling in adult life and when buying a new home you’re not only getting great value for money, but your investment will require little to no maintenance for the foreseeable.
Not only this but a new home will hold its value much better than an existing property and even during periods of market uncertainty as we’ve seen recently, new home buyers have enjoyed robust price growth and a great return on their hard-fought investment.”
|Location||Average new build house price||Average deposit at 15%|
|Tables show time to accumulate the required 15% mortgage deposit on a new build home based on saving all income and at which point this will be reached|
|Annual salary category||Net Annual Salary||Salary per day||Deposit for average new build – UK||Days to save deposit||Date from Jan 1st 2020|
|£20,000||£17,138||£46.95||£43,975||937||26th July 2022|
|£30,000||£23,938||£65.58||£43,975||671||2nd November 2021|
|£40,000||£30,738||£84.21||£43,975||522||6th June 2021|
|£50,000||£37,538||£102.84||£43,975||428||4th March 2021|
|£60,000||£43,339||£118.74||£43,975||370||5ht January 2021|
|£70,000||£49,139||£134.63||£43,975||327||23rd November 2020|
|£80,000||£54,939||£150.52||£43,975||292||19th October 2020|
|£90,000||£60,739||£166.41||£43,975||264||21st September 2020|
|£100,000||£66,539||£182.30||£43,975||241||29th August 2020|
|£200,000||£117,036||£320.65||£43,975||137||17th May 2020|
|£300,000||£170,036||£465.85||£43,975||94||4th April 2020|
|£400,000||£223,036||£611.06||£43,975||72||13th March 2020|
|£500,000||£276,036||£756.26||£43,975||58||28th February 2020|
|£1,200,000||£647,036||£1,772.70||£43,975||25||26th January 2020|
|Annual salary category||Net Annual Salary||Salary per day||Deposit for average new build – London||Days to save deposit||Date from Jan 1st 2020|
|£20,000||£17,138||£46.95||£75,334||1604||23rd May 2024|
|£30,000||£23,938||£65.58||£75,334||1149||23rd February 2023|
|£40,000||£30,738||£84.21||£75,334||895||14th June 2022|
|£50,000||£37,538||£102.84||£75,334||733||3rd January 2022|
|£60,000||£43,339||£118.74||£75,334||634||26th September 2021|
|£70,000||£49,139||£134.63||£75,334||560||14th July 2021|
|£80,000||£54,939||£150.52||£75,334||500||15th May 2021|
|£90,000||£60,739||£166.41||£75,334||453||29th March 2021|
|£100,000||£66,539||£182.30||£75,334||413||17th February 2021|
|£200,000||£117,036||£320.65||£75,334||235||23rd August 2020|
|£300,000||£170,036||£465.85||£75,334||162||11th June 2020|
|£400,000||£223,036||£611.06||£75,334||123||3rd May 2020|
|£500,000||£276,036||£756.26||£75,334||100||10th April 2020|
|£2,100,000||1,124,035.84||£3,079.55||£75,334||24||25th January 2020|
|Tables show time to accumulate the required 15% mortgage deposit on a new build home based on saving 20% of income and at which point this will be reached.|
|Annual salary category||Net Annual Salary||Net Annual Salary – based on 20% saving||Salary factoring savings – per day||Deposit for average new build – UK||Days to save deposit||Date from Jan 1st 2020|
|£20,000||£17,138||£3,428||£9.39||£43,975||4683||27th October 2032|
|£30,000||£23,938||£4,788||£13.12||£43,975||3353||7th March 2029|
|£40,000||£30,738||£6,148||£16.84||£43,975||2611||24th February 2027|
|£50,000||£37,538||£7,508||£20.57||£43,975||2138||8th November 2025|
|£60,000||£43,339||£8,668||£23.75||£43,975||1852||26th January 2025|
|£70,000||£49,139||£9,828||£26.93||£43,975||1633||21st June 2024|
|£80,000||£54,939||£10,988||£30.10||£43,975||1461||1st January 2024|
|£90,000||£60,739||£12,148||£33.28||£43,975||1321||14th August 2023|
|£100,000||£66,539||£13,308||£36.46||£43,975||1206||21st April 2023|
|£200,000||£117,036||£23,407||£64.13||£43,975||686||17th November 2021|
|£300,000||£170,036||£34,007||£93.17||£43,975||472||17th April 2021|
|£400,000||£223,036||£44,607||£122.21||£43,975||360||26th December 2020|
|£500,000||£276,036||£55,207||£151.25||£43,975||291||18th October 2020|
|£6,100,000||£3,244,036||£648,807||£1,777.55||£43,975||25||26th January 2020|
|Annual salary category||Net Annual Salary||Net Annual Salary – based on 20% saving||Salary factoring savings – per day||Deposit for average new build – London||Days to save deposit||Date from Jan 1st 2020|
|£20,000||£17,138||£3,428||£9.39||£75,334||8022||18th December 2014|
|£30,000||£23,938||£4,788||£13.12||£75,334||5743||22nd September 2035|
|£40,000||£30,738||£6,148||£16.84||£75,334||4473||31st March 2032|
|£50,000||£37,538||£7,508||£20.57||£75,334||3663||11th January 2030|
|£60,000||£43,339||£8,668||£23.75||£75,334||3172||7th September 2028|
|£70,000||£49,139||£9,828||£26.93||£75,334||2798||30th August 2027|
|£80,000||£54,939||£10,988||£30.10||£75,334||2502||7th November 2026|
|£90,000||£60,739||£12,148||£33.28||£75,334||2264||14th March 2026|
|£100,000||£66,539||£13,308||£36.46||£75,334||2066||28th August 2025|
|£200,000||£117,036||£23,407||£64.13||£75,334||1175||21st March 2023|
|£300,000||£170,036||£34,007||£93.17||£75,334||809||20th March 2022|
|£400,000||£223,036||£44,607||£122.21||£75,334||616||8th September 2021|
|£500,000||£276,036||£55,207||£151.25||£75,334||498||13th May 2021|
|£10,200,000||£5,417,036||£1,083,407||£2,968.24||£75,334||25||26th January 2020|
|Average new build house price||Land Registry|
|50/30/20 savings rule||The Balance|