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Q: I want to buy my first home and so am sorting out my finances and budget. Do I need to put down a deposit?

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And if so, what size deposit should I put down?

A: In order to secure the property and get preference over a cash buyer, putting down a deposit is imperative. Not only do you receive preference but putting down a deposit can also lower your monthly bond repayments.

The size of the deposit varies depending on the price of the property you want to purchase, and while a deposit is not always required, try to put down at least 10% of the property price. – Mike Greeff, chief executive of Greeff Christie’s International Real Estate

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