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Cover Your Home With Mortgage Payment Protection Insurance

Jun 28, 2008
It does not matter how long you are into paying your mortgage, if you cannot keep it up then you are at risk of losing your home. You could have paid faultlessly for 10 years and then have to take time off from work after becoming ill or suffering from an accident. You could perhaps have been made redundant and so have lost your income altogether. In just a few months you could lose what you have built up if the lender chooses to take you to court for repossession. You can however choose to protect against the unknown with mortgage payment protection insurance.

By covering your monthly mortgage repayments you would not have to give a thought to juggling payments around or even worry about finding the money when the mortgage was due. You would have an income to fall back on that is tax-free. This would be the sum of money that you insured against when taking out the policy. Your premium would take this into account along with your age and the level of cover you wanted for your mortgage. You would be able to go out and look for work again with complete peace of mind that your mortgage is being taken care of.

Mortgage payment protection insurance can be taken out to suit your personal circumstances. You might want to cover against accident, sickness and unemployment together. However you could only want to safeguard against the fact that you might become ill or suffer an accident. You could decide you only need protection against unemployment only and with a specialist provider you can just protect against this.

When you take out the mortgage with the lender on the high street they will usually try and talk you into taking out protection for the loan. Never fall into the trap of thinking that because they gave you the cheapest rate of interest on the mortgage that they will give you the lowest protection policy. In the majority of cases adding payment protection onto the cost of borrowing can boost up the loan considerably. In some cases the protection is calculated over the entire mortgage and then added onto the borrowing and then interest is added on top.

Shopping around for your mortgage payment protection insurance is essential as this is the only way to compare quotes and the terms and conditions. It is the only way to get the cheapest premiums, and the savings can be huge. You do have to compare the conditions of the cover as these tell you when your policy would begin to payout and when it would end. All cover pays out for a fixed period only and then expires. Usually you can find a policy that either pays for 12 or 24 months. Providers also ask you to wait a period of time before you are able to begin claiming on the policy, this can be between 30 and 90 days. However check the small print as some providers will back date to the first date of unemployment or of being incapacitated.
About the Author
Simon Burgess is Managing Director of the award-winning British Insurance, a specialist provider of mortgage payment protection insurance .
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