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Cashback home loan deals in March 2024

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Mark Bristow
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Cashback home loan deals in March 2024

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) kept the national cash rate on hold at its March 2024 meeting. The number of cashbacks available to refinancers and first home buyers to compare also remained relatively steady this month.

With the cash rate unlikely to see cuts until later in the year, Australian households under budget pressure may want to consider their home loan decisions carefully. As well as comparing interest rates and fees, it may be worth also looking at cashback deals and similar incentives for extra value.  

In March 2024, there are 12 lenders offering cashback deals – one more than the 11 recorded last month, but still considerably fewer than the peak of 35 lenders offering cashbacks in March 2023. Most of these deals are targeted towards refinancers, who could benefit from a cashback offer offsetting the hundreds or thousands of dollars it costs to switch home loans. Alternatively, cashback deals can be put towards your moving costs, buying a new appliance, making home improvements, or even making a head start on your mortgage debt. 

Cashback deals for March 2024

In March 2024, there are 12 lenders offering cash back home loan deals, ranging from $2,000 up to $10,000

Lender

Cashback

Refinancers?

New loans?

Notes

ANZ

$2,000

Yes

No

Cashback of $3,000 for first home buyers. Available for loans of at least $250K with min 20% deposit

Bank of China

$1,000-$2,000

Yes

Yes

Max cashback for refinances

Bank of Queensland

$2,000

Yes

No

Available for loans of at least $250K with min 20% deposit

BankSA

$2,000

Yes

No

Available for loans of at least $250K with min 20% deposit

Greater Bank

$2,000-$3,000

Yes

Yes

Max cashback for loans over $500K

IMB Bank

$2,000

Yes

No

Available for loans min $500K loan with min 20% deposit

loans.com.au

$2000-$4,000

Yes

No

Max cashback for loans over $700K. Available on loans of $250k and above. Exclusive to aggregators.

ME Bank

$2,000-$3,000

Yes

No

Max cashback for loans above $700k and 20% deposit

Newcastle Permanent

$3,000

Yes

No

Available for loans of at least $250K with min 20% deposit

RAMS

$3,000

Yes

No

Rebate of $1,000 for first home buyers. Available for loans of at least $250K

Reduce Home Loans

$2,000-$10,000

Yes

Yes

Max cashback for loans over $2M

St.George Bank

$2,000

Yes

No

Available for loans of at least $250K with min 20% deposit

Keep in mind that the cashback you're eligible to receive will depend on key factors like your eligibility, the total loan amount, and your loan-to-value ratio (LVR).

Source: RateCity.com.au. Data accurate as of 19/03/2024. Value of the cashback you may be offered will vary depending on the lender's eligibility criteria and your specific financial situation. To view more cashback offers, please visit our cashback comparison page.

Frequent Flyer Points

Homeowners who also love to travel may appreciate a mortgage that also helps them to build up frequent flyer points every year.

The Qantas Money Home Loan offers customers 100,000 Qantas frequent flyer points every year into your account (you must be a Qantas Frequent Flyer Member). This could be enough points to take you across the globe, or take the family around Australia.

This offer is available for first time buyers and refinancers with established properties (no off-the-plan homes or construction loans). The loan is also available to self-employed homeowners (eligibility criteria applies).

Reduced Lenders Mortgage Insurance

Most cashback offers are just for refinancers, but an alternative option sometimes offered to first home buyers is reduced or waived Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI).

If your home deposit is less than 20%, LMI can be one of the biggest costs associated with a mortgage, alongside a deposit and stamp duty. Saving a 20% deposit can be extremely difficult, especially if you’re buying in Australia’s capital cities.

While not available from all lenders, a select few may offer to waive or discount the LMI you’re charged. You may still need to pay a minimum deposit (e.g.15%) to benefit from an offer like this. LMI waivers are more likely to be offered to borrowers working in specialist professional fields, such as medicine, law, accounting or engineering.

If no banks are offering waived or discounted LMI, some alternative options to consider include looking into government support from the First Home Owners Grant and/or First Home Guarantee, or looking into getting help from a Guarantor.

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Keep in mind that there is more to a home loan than a deal being offered to you, and it’s always important to compare the interest rates, fees, and features of a loan before applying. For more information on whether one of the above loans may suit your finances, consider using our Home Loan Calculator to see how potential repayments could fit in your budget.

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Product database updated 19 Apr, 2024

This article was reviewed by External Comms Lead Eden Radford before it was published as part of RateCity's Fact Check process.

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