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Consider Cheap Mortgage Insurance For Your Peace Of Mind

Dec 20, 2007
Cheap mortgage insurance can give you peace of mind and the income needed to continue repaying your mortgage without worry of losing your home if you were to become without an income. If you were to find yourself out of work due to an accident or becoming ill or if you were unfortunate enough to be made redundant the cover could be a safety net until you got back to work.

The majority of policies would start to provide you with a monthly income which would be tax free once you had been out of work for between 31 and 90 days, this depends on the provider. It would then continue for between 12 and 24 months. While taking out cheap mortgage protection can give peace of mind you do have to make sure that it is suitable for your circumstances because there are exclusions.

If you are only working part time, are self-employed, suffering a pre-existing illness or you are of retirement age then mortgage insurance would not be in your best interest. While these exclusions are the most common to all payment protection policies there can be others which are defined by the provider. This means it is essential that you have to read the terms and conditions outlined in the policy before taking out the cover.

Mortgage payment protection insurance (MPPI) has earned itself a bad reputation along with the rest of the family of protection policies but it is not the actual products themselves which should be blamed. When taken out with the correct information so you can make sure it is suitable for your circumstances a policy will do the job it is supposed to do. Mis-selling of policies occurred due to providers using poor selling techniques with the majority being sold alongside a mortgage. Not only do you not get the information needed but buying cover this way is also the dearest way of buying protection. Problems were highlighted within the sector in 2005 after a super complaint was made to the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) and the Financial Services Authority began an investigation before the OFT referred the sector to the Competition Commission who is currently conducting an in-depth review.

Some consumers are not even aware that they can take out the cover independently from a standalone provider and shop around for the cheapest premiums. Premiums for the cover are based on the amount of cover you need for your mortgage and your age at the time of taking out the cover but it does vary from provider to provider. An independent standalone provider will always offer cheap mortgage protection and should also include the information and key facts of the policy so you are able to determine if it is suited to your circumstances.

Just as the cost of the cover varies with providers so does the exclusions and terms and conditions so it is essential that you compare every cheap mortgage protection policy you are thinking of taking out not just for the cheapest quotes. Until the comparison charts appear in March 2008 which should open up the cover and explain the exclusions, the cost of the cover and which cover is most suitable, going with a specialist is your best option.
About the Author
Simon Burgess is Managing Director of the award-winning British Insurance, a specialist provider of cheap mortgage insurance, income protection insurance and loan protection insurance.
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