Cryptocurrency and Mortgages

If you want to buy a house with cryptocurrency profits, read on to find out which lenders will consider your application, how to use cryptocurrency for a deposit and how a broker can help.

Firstly, what will you do with the property?

Home Deposits Cryptocurrency And Mortgages
Pete Mugleston

Author: Pete Mugleston

Mortgage Advisor, MD

Updated: March 15, 2024

With cryptocurrencies starting to gain more traction, the big question for prospective homebuyers is can they use Bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptos as a deposit for a mortgage?

In this comprehensive guide, we explain everything you need to know about using cryptocurrency as a source of deposit for a mortgage, including which lenders will consider your application and how a broker can help.

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Can you use cryptocurrency to pay for a mortgage deposit?

Yes, certain lenders will allow you to use cryptocurrency as a deposit for a mortgage. You can’t use the cryptocurrency itself but you can use cryptocurrency profits once they’ve been converted into sterling, or ‘fiat’ currency as it’s known in the cryptocurrency world.

Finding a lender who’ll happily accept your crypto profits, however, won’t be straightforward.

Given the anonymous nature of cryptocurrencies, many lenders haven’t decided where they stand on accepting them. As a result, many will turn your application down immediately. The rules on this are the same across the U.K, including Scotland. 

There are, however, a handful of lenders in the UK who will consider lending to you.

Why are some lenders wary of this?

Under anti-money laundering regulations, mortgage lenders need to be able to verify where your deposit funds have come from to make sure you have accessed them legally. This isn’t always easy to do with cryptocurrencies. The market is unregulated so crypto has become a popular route for money launderers.

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Which lenders are crypto-friendly?

A small number of lenders in the UK will consider your application if you’re using cryptocurrency as a source of income for your deposit.

These are known to include: Pepper Money, Loughborough Building Society, Generation Home, Norton Home Loans, Bluestone Mortgages as well as Barclays, Nationwide and NatWest.

As the cryptocurrency market matures, however, this list will quite possibly grow.

How to get a mortgage using cryptocurrency as a deposit

If you want to apply for a mortgage using crypto profits as a deposit, here are a few essential steps you should take…

Speak to a mortgage broker experienced in cryptocurrency.

Seeking advice from a whole-of-market broker is highly recommended. These types of applications can be complicated so you’ll want someone who knows what they’re talking about on your side.

A broker who specialises in mortgages with cryptocurrency deposits will have long standing relationships with lenders who accept Bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptos, and will be able to find you the most favourable deal. They’ll also be able to help you gather the appropriate paperwork (more on that below).

It’s worth noting that the majority of crypto friendly mortgage lenders are specialist lenders, who typically won’t accept applications from the general public and instead will require an introduction from a reputable broker.

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Can you use cryptocurrency to pay for your mortgage?

You can’t use actual Bitcoin or Ethereum (or any other type of cryptocurrency) at present as no lenders will currently accept this. But in the future it may be possible for you to use the proceeds of your crypto investments to pay your mortgage, once they’ve been converted into sterling. Remember that converting your profits is a taxable event so you’ll need to make sure you’ve paid any Income Tax and Capital Gains Tax due.

It’s also worth noting that cryptocurrencies can be very volatile and the value of your investment can fluctuate rapidly. Bear this in mind if you plan to use cryptocurrencies to fund your monthly repayments (should this option become available).

Can it be declared in an affordability assessment?

As things stand, lenders won’t consider proceeds from cryptocurrency investments when carrying out their affordability assessments, which is bad news if your crypto profits form a large part of your income.

Concerns over money laundering and volatility make cryptocurrencies too risky in the eyes of lenders.

Can you use crypto as collateral for a mortgage?

In the US, there are products called crypto-backed mortgages. However, these haven’t launched in the UK yet.

Crypto-backed mortgages let you use your cryptocurrency as collateral to buy a home. With these products, you don’t need to sell your crypto holdings, which means you avoid paying tax charges and you won’t miss out on future gains. As long as you meet your mortgage repayments, you’ll still have your crypto assets at the end of the loan term.

The downside is you may not have enough collateral if the value of your cryptocurrency falls significantly.

Does buying crypto affect your credit score?

No. Information about money you have in current accounts, savings and investments doesn’t appear on your credit reports so buying cryptocurrencies won’t directly affect your credit score.

If you’re concerned about your credit score, head to our credit reports hub to find out how to download your credit reports for free.

Get matched with a broker who specialises in cryptocurrencies

Funding your mortgage deposit with cryptocurrency profits will add a layer of complexity to your application so it’s wise to seek advice from a specialist broker who knows this niche market and who can support you through the process.

Our broker matching service can connect you with an expert who can help you today.

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About the author

Pete, an expert in all things mortgages, cut his teeth right in the middle of the credit crunch. With plenty of people needing help and few mortgage providers lending, Pete found great success in going the extra mile to find mortgages for people whom many others considered lost causes. The experience he gained, coupled with his love of helping people reach their goals, led him to establish Online Mortgage Advisor, with one clear vision – to help as many customers as possible get the right advice, regardless of need or background.

Pete’s presence in the industry as the ‘go-to’ for specialist finance continues to grow, and he is regularly cited in and writes for both local and national press, as well as trade publications, with a regular column in Mortgage Introducer and being the exclusive mortgage expert for LOVEMoney. Pete also writes for Online Mortgage Advisor of course!

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