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Mortgage Payment Protection Cover Could Save Your Home

Apr 16, 2008
Brits need to become more aware of an insurance protection that can help them keep up with monthly mortgage payments and other obligations, in the event of job loss. With high foreclosures and delinquency projected by some for the 2008 housing and mortgage market, it is important that people find opportunities to protect themselves when possible. Mortgage payment protection cover is an insurance product that is relatively low cost, but is often overlooked, or misunderstood by Brits.

The main reason many are unfamiliar with the protection and its benefits is that common providers of the insurance, large banks and lender institutions, are somewhat deceptive in their sales practices. They sometimes package the insurance with new mortgages or credit cards, and often give the impression to borrowers or customers that the insurance is a required or necessary part of the purchase. Most importantly, they do not let customers know that there is another option for them.

Insurance specialists or brokers are a great resource for customers looking for mortgage payment protection cover. They are generally more knowledgeable about the benefits, terms, and options available from the protection. They are also more likely to be concerned with the best interests of the customer as it relates to this particular cover.

Surprisingly, many Brits are not aware even when they have mortgage payment protection cover, or if they are, they do not know what its benefits are. This relates somewhat to the packaging method used by the larger institutions to sell the mortgage protection insurance. They often do not mention the coverage is added to the mortgage or loan, in spite of its high premium costs. When they do, they often imply that it is required to be purchased as part of the other loan product.

Mortgage protection is one of three basic payment protection insurance products available to full time employees. Retirees and part time employees are not eligible to receive payment benefits, although some institutions mis-sell the coverage anyway to these groups. The other short-term protection options are for loan and salary protection. Either option provides a monthly payment based on a predetermined percentage of normal income. Payments run from 12 to 24 months and begin 30 to 90 days following a covered event.

In February of 2009, the Competition Commission is expected to release the results of an investigation into the controversial sales practices some insurers have engaged in within the payment protection insurance industry. The results should lead to more protection for consumers, while the current business environment is more advantageous for sellers of the insurance.

Mortgage payment protection cover is a great opportunity for home owners and heads of households to provider for the financial well-being of families in the event of job loss. Brits cannot rely on State-based aid to sustain them. They must look to protect themselves. Insurance brokers typically offer the payment protection plans for 40 to 80 per cent less than institutional providers. They are also experts in understanding the needs of consumers and matching those needs with the right coverage and benefits.
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Simon Burgess is Managing Director of the award-winning British Insurance, a specialist provider of mortgage payment protection cover.
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