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It helps to have an exact goal to work towards. Saving for a house can take a few years, so setting up small targets along the way can keep you motivated. The general rule is to set aside 20% of your paycheck. 

In PNG, the standard house deposit is 10% of the property value. Sometimes you can negotiate with the buyer to increase or decrease this percentage to suit your situation.

Know where your paycheck goes

Review your last bank statement to work out where your money goes. This way you’ll know what areas to cut back on and can set aside a weekly amount for fun activities. If your main game is eating out at pricey establishments, it might be time for a review! 

    Make small changes

    Small cuts can make a big difference to your budget. You could start by cutting down your weekly coffees, bought lunches, taxis, or unused subscriptions. It also helps to review your phone bill, especially if you have data left over each month.

    Make big changes

    Seasons can influence the housing market. It helps to avoid election time when the market is uncertain. Buying in off-seasons such as Christmas, when there is less competition and high spirits, could lead to a better deal.

    Farewell your debt 

    It’s a good idea to get rid of high-interest debt before saving. Ways to do this include paying off your car or credit card.  

    Open a savings account  

    Some banks accounts are designed to help you save faster. Kina Bank’s Tomorrow Savings Account gives you more than double the savings of any other bank in PNG with up to 4% interest.  

    Access your super  

    You can use your super to pay for a home loan in PNG through House Advance Funding. To access the funding, you will need to have been with your super fund for at least five years.  

    Use the Employee Housing Assistance scheme 

    You can become a homeowner in PNG with Employee Housing Assistance. The scheme allows public and private employers to pay for a small percentage of their employee’s house deposit 

    Watch your savings climb 

    Enjoy watching the money pile higher! All your hard work will be worth it when you’re in your very own, new home. 

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