We took a look at the top questions and got the answers you’re looking for. Mortgage protection, what is it? How much does it cost? & why are there so many different options?
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But that’s enough about how we work, I’ll write more about that in the future. Today I’m going to start answering some of your most commonly asked questions. This is our breakdown of mortgage protection, to help you make a more informed decision the next time you’re shopping for an insurance policy. We will add to this list for time to time, if you have a question you’d like us to answer for you fee free to ‘get in touch’
What is mortgage protection?
Mortgage protection is an Insurance policy which does one of 2 things it either pays off your mortgage in the event that you or another policy holder dies or pays your mortgage repayments monthly if you or another policy holder fell seriously ill during the term of the plan. The term of your cover is usually set to match the term of your mortgage. If you have a joint mortgage both people are required to have mortgage protection. Offering you peace of mind that neither you nor your dependants would have to worry about the repayment.
What are the different types of insurance policies you can put in place as mortgage protection?
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- Life cover is an insurance policy that pays off your mortgage if you or another policy holder dies during the term of the policy. If you have a joint mortgage, both people need mortgage protection insurance. It runs for the same length of time as your mortgage. So, if you take out a mortgage over 20 years, your mortgage protection insurance must also be in place for 20 years.
- Critical illness or serious illness cover pays out a lump sum if you develop one of a range of listed serious medical conditions. The conditions covered are very specific and normally include certain types and stages of cancer, strokes and heart attacks, but each policy is different. It may be sold alongside life insurance or separately. This will be more expensive than other types of cover.
- Income protection is designed to replace a proportion of your income should you be unable to work due to an accident or illness. Long-term income protection will cover you until you reach retirement, while cheaper shorter-term income protection (STIP) policies will only pay out for a set period of time usually 2 years.
How you structure your mortgage policy can affect your premium.
Reducing Term Cover: As you pay more off your mortgage, the amount that the policy covers reduces in line with the outstanding balance of your mortgage. Under normal circumstances the policy will end once the mortgage is paid off. It is the most common and the cheapest form of mortgage protection. Generally, your premium does not change, although the level of cover reduces.
-Level Term policy: The amount you are insured for and the premium you pay remains level. This is usually used in the case of interest only mortgages as it gives you the same amount of cover throughout the term of the mortgage. If you die before your mortgage is paid off, the insurance company will pay out the original insured amount. This will pay off the mortgage and any remaining balance will go to your estate.