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Go With A Specialist Provider For Your Mortgage Insurance And Avoid Being "ripped-off"

Jan 28, 2008
Since the investigation began into the payment protection sector in 2005, mortgage insurance along with the rest of the family of protection policies has often been branded as "rip-off". This stems from the fact that cover bought alongside the mortgage at the time of borrowing was sometimes sold to individuals that could not benefit from it. The cover was also found to be in some cases wildly overpriced, adding hundreds of thousands of pounds onto the amount a homeowner had borrowed on their mortgage.

When the Financial Services Authority began investigating they handed out fines to several high street names and introduced ways that selling techniques could be improved. While some firms took heed many are still using poor techniques and are failing to improve them. At the end of 2007, not only did a mortgage company receive a fine but the Chief Executive also had to reach deep into his pocket and pay a personal fine. The Financial Services Authority say they will continue to do all they can to make mortgage insurance more transparent and ensure the consumer gets a better deal.

You do have options when it comes to taking out a mortgage payment protection insurance policy. You do not have to take cover that is offered alongside your mortgage but can instead choose to buy it independently. By choosing to take out a policy this way you can save an enormous amount on the premiums while getting a policy that is sold and backed up by experience. A standalone specialist will only sell payment protection products and so are able to provide the consumer with pertinent information regarding their mortgage protection needs.

It is essential to read the terms and conditions that come with the cover as this is where the exclusions are to be found. There are exclusions which are to be found residing in all policies. Being retired, suffering a pre-existing illness, if you are self-employed or only work in a part time position are all included. Providers can add in others so checking the conditions over is a must when comparing cover.

The majority of mortgage insurance policies will begin to provide the policy holder with a tax free income between one to three months after they have become unable to work. Some insurers will back date the claim to day one, so check out the small print. Once cover has started it would then continue for between 12 and 24 months depending on the terms in the policy. This income is a lifeline and it makes the difference between struggling to find your repayments or having peace of mind that your home is not at risk of repossession. The State cannot be relied upon to be your safety net. While some individuals who are claiming income support could be eligible to receive help, the financial assistance given can be very little and is often not the full amount of your mortgage. You would also have to wait for many months before you would see any benefit which of course adds stress and anxiety.
About the Author
Simon Burgess is Managing Director of the award-winning British Insurance, a specialist provider of mortgage insurance, loan protection insurance and income protection insurance.
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