The majority of insurance firms will offer mortgage life insurance but what exactly is this ‘Mortage Life Insurance’ and what benefits does it provide to the prospective purchaser? How much does it cost and whom can obtain it?
Mortgage Life Insurance is designed to protect your outstanding mortgage debt in the event that you prematurely die. This is a valuable form of protection for your surviving dependants at a time when financial problems are at their most delicate. The most common type of mortgage protection policies is twofold;
Decreasing Mortgage Term Assurance
The benefit provided with this type of mortgage protection decreases inline with your outstanding mortgage loan. It is primarily designed to cater for a repayment mortgage given your monthly payments are made up of interest payments to the lender and a portion which goes towards reducing the actual loan amount. As you start to pay some of your loan balance over the ensuing years the amount owed also. Therefore, reduces and mortgage term insurance sum assured (the lump sum benefit) reduces inline with this.
This is one of the cheapest forms of mortgage life insurance given the payment which the lender may have to pay should you die before the end of the term is reducing and thus exposing them to a reducing risk.
Level Term Life Insurance
This type of mortgage life insurance also provides a lump sum benefit although with this cover the amount payable over the term of the policy (if you should die within this term) remains constant and does not reduce. This cover is also suitable for mortgage loan protection in relation to a decreasing loan balance (repayment mortgage) given the outstanding balance reduces but the cover remains the same providing your dependents with additional funds above and beyond your mortgage balance.
Clearly, this type of cover is a little more expensive that the decreasing term insurance for the reasons noted above and the consistent risk faced by the respective insurer. However, in most circumstances the difference in monthly premiums is as little as a few pounds more expensive.
Insurance companies offering mortgage life insurance vary to some degree but for the most part all firms will offer both these types of protection albeit sometimes with additional ‘add ons’ such as continuing your premium if you are unable to work due to illness or injury amongst others.
Both forms of cover provide an outstanding benefit to purchasers and can alleviate financial hardship in the event of an untimely death and should not be underestimated.