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What is a cash back mortgage?
With a Cash-Back mortgage, you can receive up to 5% cash back towards your down payment and closing costs. This extra money can be extremely useful for first-time buyers who need to invest in home improvement items such as blinds, carpet, appliances, or even furniture. It’s no surprise that first-time buyers are the number one consumers of Cash-Back mortgages in Canada.
Is a Cash-Back Mortgage Right For Me?
Through a bank, you can receive 5.5% Cash-Back at 5.24%. This Cash-Back cannot be used towards a down payment, but you might use it to pay for your land transfer taxes, lawyer’s fees, closing costs, renovations, furniture, or appliances.
Alternatively, through a credit union, you can receive 5.0% Cash-Back @ 4.85%, which you can put towards your down payment. In this way, you can essentially finance beyond the 95% LTV limit. By using the Cash-Back to help pay for your down payment, you can work around the minimum down payment of 5%. In most cases, you can access your Cash-Back funds within a few days of closing your new house.
This Cash-Back is never directly paid back to the bank provided that you continue your mortgage to the end of the negotiated term. Instead, the bank increases the interest rate on the entire mortgage to recover their costs. You would, however, need to repay the money if you decide to pay off your mortgage, transfer it, or make any significant changes to it within the first term of the mortgage (first 5 years).
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