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  • Writer's pictureDaniel Campbell

First Time Buyers - Get a Free Boost To Your Deposit!

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First-time homebuyers! Are you trying to navigate the maze of saving for your first home? Let's talk about a nifty little helper: the Lifetime ISA, affectionately known as "LISA".

What is a Lifetime ISA (LISA)?

  • A Special Savings Account: LISA is a tax-free savings account specifically designed to help you either buy your first home or save for retirement.

  • For Young Savers: If you're aged 18-39, you're eligible to open a LISA account.

How Does it Work?

  • Save and Receive a Bonus: For every £4 you save, the government adds £1. That's a whopping 25% bonus on your savings!

  • Annual Contribution Limit: You can save up to £4,000 each year, and the government bonus is applied to these contributions until you turn 50.

Using LISA for Buying Your First Home

  • First-Time Buyer Perk: If you're buying your first home, LISA is a great way to boost your savings. The best part? If you're purchasing with a partner who is also a first-time buyer, they can have their own LISA, doubling the bonus!

  • Conditions Apply: Just remember, there are conditions like the property's price cap and the requirement that you must have the LISA for at least 12 months before using it towards a home purchase.

Or Saving for Retirement

  • A Retirement Nest Egg: If you're not looking to buy a home, LISA can be a part of your retirement savings plan. You can withdraw the funds, including the bonus, tax-free once you're 60.

Things to Remember

  • Choose Wisely: Once you open a LISA, choosing between using it for a first home or retirement is crucial. Withdrawing money for other purposes can incur hefty penalties.

  • Shop Around for Best Deals: Different providers offer LISAs, so shop around for the one that suits your needs.

In summary, LISA can be a game-changer for your savings journey, whether it's for your dream home or a comfortable retirement. Happy saving!


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