Santander mortgage cashback (A complete guide)

In this brief guide, we are going to discuss the Santander mortgage cashback, the products available with a Santander mortgage cashback and how to get it.

What is the Santander mortgage cashback?

The Santander mortgage cashback offer is an offer of cashback which Santander mortgages have attached to some of its products to make them more competitive.

It is very important that you don’t just view the Santander mortgage cashback as the main objective when seeking to get a mortgage. 

You should compare mortgages from across the market as there may be another mortgage product which is much more suited to you.

This could be because the product is cheaper even when considering the mortgage cashback offered by Santander.

What are the details of the Santander mortgage cashback?

The Santander mortgage cashback is currently offering a cashback of £1,000 on select Santander mortgages which offer a £0 product fee and a free standard property valuation. This deal seems to be primarily aimed at first-time buyers.

The Santander mortgage cashback is paid on completion and is available on the below Santander mortgage products:

  • “Three Year Fixed Rate, up to 85 per cent LTV at a rate of 2.45 per cent with £0 Fee, £1000 cashback on completion and free standard valuation, minimum loan size £75,000;
  • Three Year Fixed Rate, up to 90 per cent LTV at a rate of 2.65 per cent with £0 Fee, £1000 cashback on completion and free standard valuation, minimum loan size £75,000; and
  • Three Year Fixed Rate, up to 95 per cent LTV at a rate of 3.60 per cent with £0 Fee, £1000 cashback on completion and free standard valuation, minimum loan size £75,000.”

Miguel Sard, Head of Mortgages at Santander said: “With a zero product fee, free valuations and £1,000 cashback, first-time buyers with Santander now have extra money available to help get them on their way to turning their new home into their dream home.”

You should check that this Santander mortgage cashback is still available by contacting Santander mortgages on 0800 068 6064 or by visiting any of Santander’s branches.

Use a Government scheme

Government schemes help you reduce the amount of mortgage deposit you may need to put down, reduce the price of the property or create a structure that increases your mortgage affordability much sooner than it would have been.

Some of these include first-time buyer government schemes whilst others in this list are accessible to you even if you are not a first-time buyer.

Government schemes are not available to you if you are getting a buy to let mortgage.

The Government schemes include:

  • Lifetime ISA– gives you a government bonus of £1,000 if you save a maximum £4,000 a year.
  • Help to buy ISA– gives a maximum bonus us £3,000 if you save the maximum allowed of £12,000. Before you get either you should consider which is better. Lifetime ISA vs Help to buy ISA.
  • Help to buy equity loan– gives you up to 40% as a 5-year interest-free equity loan. You begin to pay interest at 1.75 % after the fifth year and 1% plus RPI for every year thereafter.
  • Shared ownership– You can buy between 25% to 75% of the property initially with a shared ownership mortgage and then buy more using a staircasing mortgage.
  • Armed forces help to buy– similar to the help to buy equity loan but specific for the armed forces personnel giving them an increased chance of acceptance.
  • Rent to buy– This is the right to buy scheme on which this guide is currently discussing. A different marketing name is just used. Watch out for this when shopping to avoid missing out on eligible properties due to confusion.
  • Right to buy– allows you to buy your home at a discount price.
  • Preserved right to buy– same as above.
  • Right to acquire– similar to the above.

Depending on where you live, you may also be able to take advantage of home buying schemes provided by your local council. Example: In Norwich, the local councils provide the Norwich home options scheme.

Use a mortgage broker for your mortgage in principle

You may want to use an independent mortgage broker to help you get a mortgage on your new home.

Mortgage brokers are important as they can access mortgage products from across the whole of the market in some cases.

This could be over 11,000 mortgage products. This may have some advantages rather than going directly to a mortgage lender.

A mortgage broker will look to understand your financial circumstances and then provide recommendations on which mortgage products may be suitable for you based on your mortgage affordability.

After giving you these mortgage recommendations, most mortgage brokers will seek your consent to apply for a mortgage in principle

This will allow you to shop for your home as more estate agents and sellers may take you seriously and it will also give you confidence that your mortgage is indeed a possibility before you make a full mortgage application. 

Once you have found a home you want to buy and are satisfied with the mortgage offer for your mortgage then the mortgage broker will then look to get you a mortgage offer.

This will come with a key facts illustration document that details the features of your mortgage including how much you will pay per month.

It will also contain information on if there are any limits such as early repayment fees, or annual overpayment limits.

If you are happy with everything you can then go on to secure your mortgage with the help of a conveyancer.

Your conveyancer will manage the legal searches on the property to ensure there aren’t any issues with it.

They will oversee the sales agreement to ensure it is in your best interest, they will manage the transfer of mortgage funds, exchange contracts with the seller or their conveyancer, and set a completion date with the seller or their conveyancer.

This will then bring an end to the conveyancing process, at which point you will receive the keys to the house and move in.

FAQs: Santander mortgage cashback

What cashback do you get with Santander?

You can get a Santander cashback which earns you up to 15% from a variety of major retailers when you use your Santander debit and credit cards to shop.

How does Santander cashback work?

The Santander cashback works by paying your cashback into your bank account at the end of the next month. You do not need a voucher to claim the Santander cashback, simply shop with your Santander debit or credit card.

In this brief guide, we discussed the Santander mortgage cashback, the products available with a Santander mortgage cashback and how to get it.

If you need financial advice and you live in the UK then you could contact the Money Advice service over the phone or via chat for impartial advice.

You can also contact the debt charity “Step Change” if you are in debt and need help.