– For many buyers, the money needed for a down payment can be one of the biggest hurdles to buying their first home. Fortunately, there are loan programs that contain down payment assistance programs that are designed to help first time buyers who have little, or even no cash saved for a down payment.
First-Time Home-Buyers: How Much Do You Really Need to Save. – The average amount is 3% to 6% of the price of the home. Given that range, it’s a wise idea to start with 2%-2.5% of the total cost of the house, in savings, to account for closing costs. Thus our $300,000 first-time home buyer should sock away about $6,000-$7,500 to cover the back end of their buying experience.