Loans that offer cash back are optional for homebuyers searching for cash to payoff debts or
improve the value on their property. Fixed rate loans often offer lower interest rates than cash back
loans; however, fixed rate loans generally fluctuate on the rates of interest. There are options
provided in the loan agreement in most instances.
Cash back loans against equity have penalties or “redemption penalties”; but do not force the
borrower to follow strict rules. The lenders often write a clause, adding it to the terms and
conditions; thus putting a higher risk on the borrower. The clause may state if the homeowner
decides to “change” his loan, the borrower is expected to pay off in one lump sum the remaining
balance. If you are considering an equity loan later down the road, you will want to consider the
cash back option cautiously to avoid financial burden.
Few lenders will offer cash back loans working “off a sliding scale” to reduce the stipulations in the
“redemption penalty.” In the agreement, the homeowner is agreeing to pay x amount of repayments
to receive a reduction in penalties. Thus, the buyer is getting a better option under this agreement.
The cash back loans offer a large sum of money back against the loan, and some offer the cash back
once the “SETUP” is completed. Still, you must understand that the sum provided in the cash back
loans are repayable. This means the lender will give you a couple of thousand on a $60,000 loan,
but you will repay the amount in full, and often with interest. Still, few bank lenders will permit
payments on the cash back sum. However, failure to pay this amount back could lead to court
judgment. Be sure to read all details on any loan before agreeing to the contracts.