Written by: Danny Belton - Head of Lending

While buying a house with cash certainly offers unique advantages, it's crucial to weigh both the pros and cons before deciding if it's the right path for you. Here’s everything you need to know:

Can you buy a house with cash?

Absolutely! As long as you have the funds readily available, you can buy a house with cash outright. However, there is a difference between selling an existing property to free up capital for the purchase. In such cases, while you wouldn't need a mortgage for the new house, you wouldn't technically be considered a cash buyer in the traditional sense. This should have little impact on your overall purchase plan.

Advantages of buying with cash

There's a certain allure to buying a house outright.  Outright ownership, no monthly mortgage payments, and the freedom to renovate without lender restrictions all sound very appealing. 

Stronger negotiating position

A cash buyer holds a significant amount of leverage in negotiations. Sellers often prefer them due to the speed and certainty of the sale, potentially leading to a lower purchase price.

Faster closing

Without the need for mortgage approval, the closing process is streamlined, saving you time and reducing the risk of the deal falling through due to financing issues.

No monthly mortgage payments

Eliminating mortgage payments frees up a significant portion of your income, increasing your disposable income and potentially improving your financial flexibility and stability.

Debt-free ownership

Owning your home outright provides peace of mind and eliminates the long-term financial commitment of a mortgage.


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What are the disadvantages of buying a house with cash?

While the idea of skipping the mortgage might seem like a no-brainer, there are some downsides to consider.  Tying up a significant amount of cash in a single asset can limit your financial flexibility, and there might be better investment opportunities available. This is something you can consult with a financial adviser about.

Tying up your assets

Buying a house with cash ties up a significant portion of your liquid assets, potentially limiting your ability to jump on other investment opportunities. That being said, you won’t be making monthly mortgage repayments, so you might find that this suits your financial circumstances better.

Overstretching yourself 

Even though you won’t have to worry about mortgage repayments, you need to ask yourself if you’d still be able to afford the running costs of the house if you were unable to work due to illness, or got made redundant. If you’re unsure, then it’s worth getting in touch with an adviser to discuss what protection policies are available, such as buildings and contents or income protection.

Faults with the house 

Sometimes properties are listed asking for ‘cash buyer only’. This can raise a few eyebrows, as it could indicate that there’s something wrong with the property that would make it difficult to get a mortgage. For instance, there could be structural issues, such as subsidence or fire damage. That’s why, as a cash buyer, it’s important to pay for a house survey, so that any issues will be brought to your attention.

Get expert advice

Ultimately, the decision to buy a house with cash depends on your personal financial situation, goals, and priorities. It's crucial to weigh the pros and cons carefully before making such a substantial investment.

For more information on moving house or getting on the property ladder, please feel free to get in touch with our team of advisers. They’ll be happy to talk you through the options available to you, whether you’re buying a house with cash or getting a mortgage.

Important information

Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage.

There may be a fee for mortgage advice. The actual amount you pay will depend on your circumstances. The fee is up to 1% but a typical fee is 0.3% of the amount borrowed.

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