Cashback mortgage or non-cashback mortgage? Which is the better option for me?

Cashback mortgage or non-cashback mortgage? Which is the better option for me?

The cashback mortgage has been around for quite a while now – and it’s showing no sign of going away!

Your decision as to whether you want a cashback mortgage or non-cashback will really refine your options in terms of mortgage lenders. There are lenders who offer a full cashback incentive as part of their offering, but their interest rate offering will be less competitive than those not offering cashback.

Cashback Mortgage

You can receive as much as 3% cashback with some lenders. This equates to €9,000 in total on a €300,000 mortgage. Generally, you will receive 2% shortly after you draw your mortgage down and a further 1% after completing 5 years with that lender. This can be very important to you if you are parting with all your savings to complete the purchase.

It’s not a gimmick, as long as you are aware of the following:

  • You will have higher monthly repayments
  • At the end of any given period of time, you will owe more on your mortgage with a cashback lender than a non-cashback lender
  • You are more likely to want to switch your mortgage than if you had opted to go with a lower interest rate provider from the outset
  • You will pay more in interest over the life of your mortgage
Non-Cashback Mortgage

This may be the choice for you, if you still have sufficient savings left after completing the purchase of the house. If a client has good savings in reserve, we would typically challenge them to really consider if they need cashback . It may be more prudent to opt for a lender offering the lowest available interest rate because:

  • You will pay less interest back to your lender over the term of your mortgage
  • Your monthly repayments will be lower
  • There is a lower chance that you will want to switch your mortgage to another provider at a later stage
  • You may still avail of a small cashback element, typically €1,500

There is a place for both options in the market, and both can be good decisions depending on your circumstances. The best advice is to speak with a Mortgage Broker who will be able to give you a good steer. A mortgage broker will ensure you choose the option most suitable to you.


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