It is a mortgage deal that offers a cash lump sum when your mortgage starts - often hundreds or even thousands of pounds.

Cashback mortgages are popular with first time buyers who need the money, but in the long run are often more expensive than the best first time buyer mortgages on the market.

Are cashback mortgages worth it?

Getting cashback after applying for a mortgage can take the sting out of a lender's charges, but they do not always give you the best rates. To work out if a cashback mortgage is worth it:

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    Check how much you will repay each month over the cashback deal's term

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    Compare the monthly repayments to non-cashback mortgage deals

If the cashback is worth more than the interest you could save by taking out another mortgage deal, it may be worth it.

For example, if you get 500 cashback, another deal would need to save you more than this over it's term for it to be worth you taking out instead.

Watch out for charges when applying cashback offers, as the mortgage fees you will have to pay are usually more than you get back.

How do you qualify?

You need to pass the lender's eligibility criteria to qualify for the cashback, for example:

  • You are a first time buyer

  • You saved into the lender's cashback based savings account

  • You have your current account with the lender

If you are not sure if a cashback mortgage is right for you, speak to a mortgage broker before committing to any deals.

How to find the best mortgage deal

While getting cash back from a lender can give you a helping hand with moving costs, you may end up paying more due to the higher interest.

Use this comparison to find the lowest initial rate, but consider the cost of any fees before you apply.

Alternatively, you can compare all mortgage types using this comparison.

Cashback mortgages FAQs


How do I get the cashback?


Your lender will pay it into the account you set your mortgage direct debit up from, following the completion of the mortgage application.


Can I get the cashback twice for a joint mortgage?


No, lenders only offer cashback for each mortgage application, rather than each person applying.


Am I guaranteed to get the cashback?


No, each lender has an eligibility criteria you must meet to qualify for any cashback. Check with your lender before you apply.


Can I use the cashback for anything?


Yes, the cashback you get after your mortgage has completed can be used for any purpose, including home furnishing or repaying debt.


Can I get cashback when I remortgage?


Yes some lenders do offer cashback on remortgage deals, but the mortgage rate may also be higher.


Can I get cashback on monthly mortgage repayments?


Cashback mortgage deals only pay a one off lump sum at the start of your mortgage, not regular cashback in monthly instalments.

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