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The Basics Of Mortgage Payment Protection Insurance

Jun 2, 2008
Mortgage payment protection insurance has to be understood if you are to ensure that it will work for you. The more information you get from the provider, the easier it is to decide and if you stick with a specialist in payment protection, this advice and information is given freely.

Mortgage payment protection is taken out to ensure that if you should be unlucky enough to be involved in an accident and were to have to take time from work you would still be able to meet your mortgage repayment. It would also give an income if you were unable to work due to suffering sickness that kept you from working or if you became unemployed due to being made redundant.

You can choose to take out mortgage protection for accident, sickness and unemployment together. You can also choose just to protect against becoming unemployed by redundancy or for accident and sickness only. By tailoring your policy this way you are able to get the protection you need and only pay out for what you need. The cost of insurance is well worth it when you consider that if you cannot continue to make the repayments each month you are risking losing your home. Your lender can take steps to repossess your home and have you evicted by missing you a couple of repayments. You credit rating would also be affected by the eviction and this could make getting a loan in the future very hard.

Mortgage cover would begin to payout once you had been unemployed or incapacitated for a period of time. This is usually somewhere in the 30 to 90 day region, however some providers will backdate cover to the first day of unemployment. Once the cover has started providing you with the tax-free benefit it would then continue for a period between 12 and 24 months before it would expire. However this is usually ample time to recover or to find work again.

Looking around online with those providers who specialise in offering mortgage payment protection insurance will get you the cheapest cover. Mortgage protection can be bought at the time of borrowing; however this can often add hundreds more than it need onto the cost of borrowing, than had you got an independent quote. The majority of lenders on the high street go for huge premiums to make up for the cheap loans they sell and protection cover makes them profits of around 4 billion each year. When you are comparing the cost of insurance also compare the terms and conditions of the cover. This is where you can find the exclusions and these reside in the small print of all policies. They have to be compared against your circumstances at the time of applying for the cover with some providers adding in more than others.

Mortgage payment protection insurance would give you peace of mind at least for your financial situation. It would allow you to take the time attending interviews without worry of finding the money each month for your mortgage. It would also allow the policyholder to concentrate on making a full recovery also with the knowledge that their home would not be at risk of being repossessed.
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Simon Burgess is Managing Director of the award-winning British Insurance, a specialist provider of mortgage payment protection insurance .
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