New research by Leeds Building Society sheds light on mortgage cashback

25 Sep 2019 Stamp Duty, home improvements or immediately starting to pay down their new mortgage are all ways homebuyers would spend cashback from lenders, Leeds Building Society has discovered.

The Society carried out national research* into mortgage cashback deals to find out whether borrowers valued this option and how they would spend this cash, which becomes available on completion.

Practical-minded respondents had four top priorities overall when it came to using cashback from their mortgage deal:

  • 25% would use cashback to cover the costs of removals or storage;
  • 24% would pay legal or other professional fees with their cashback;
  • 24% would put the money straight into overpaying their new mortgage; and
  • 23% would use their cashback to cover maintenance or improvements they were expecting in their new home, such as a boiler service.

There was a difference in behaviour between residential purchasers and Buy to Let landlords.

Borrowers buying a residential property were most likely (32%) to settle professional services’ bills with their cashback, whereas 51% of Buy to Let purchasers favoured putting the cashback straight into overpaying their loan.

Matt Bartle, Leeds Building Society’s Director of Products, said selecting a mortgage is always a personal choice.

He said: “Everyone’s requirements will be individual to them, which is why we offer different combinations of fees, features and incentives across our mortgage product range.

“For that reason we offer incentive packages which give borrowers plenty of choice, not only on the rate and term of their mortgage, but also to help with the other costs of moving home or remortgaging.

“Building on our market knowledge and long experience of mortgage lending, we continue to test ideas and ask borrowers what they need, so we can develop the product deals and lending criteria which will help more people to have the home they want.

“Of course, borrowers can choose how to spend their cashback and it’s positive to see that people would use the funds to cover costs associated with moving and in some cases overpay to reduce the size of a loan immediately.”

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