When you are purchasing a home, there are many different things that need to be considered – most of which are very important. Protecting yourself and your family is crucial for the future. One of the things that you absolutely need to think about is mortgage life insurance – but what is mortgage life insurance?
When you purchase a home, often one of the first things that you will have to think about is how to protect your mortgage. There are many different types of mortgage life insurance out there that will protect you or your loved ones in the event that someone passes away.So, what is mortgage life insurance? Mortgage life insurance is sold by different types of companies. Many times your bank (or the insurance division of your bank) will offer you mortgage life insurance when they offer you mortgage financing or will market these products to you once you are a client.
This is sometimes referred to as mortgage life insurance, mortgage protection insurance or mortgage insurance. It is important to know that there are key differences when it comes to obtaining mortgage insurance through the lender who holds your mortgage vs. seeking out the insurance yourself, through a trusted insurance broker.Let’s look at some of the key differences:
When will the policy be underwritten? When you obtain mortgage life insurance through a good insurance broker, the policy will be underwritten at the time that you obtain the insurance. This means that you will have to complete an in-depth medical questionnaire. This ensures that if something does happen in the future that the insurance company will have difficulty getting out of paying your claim. When you take out insurance through your mortgage lender, in most cases your policy is not underwritten until something happens. When you obtain the insurance, very little information will be asked of you, but in the future if you end up having to claim, the insurance company will ask questions then and will raise reasons to deny your claim.Who does the policy protect? When you obtain mortgage life insurance through an insurance broker they represent you, not your mortgage lender. When you arrange your mortgage life insurance through your mortgage lender they will list themselves as the beneficiary on your policy. Your insurance broker will provide you with the option of listing your loved ones, allowing your loved ones to determine how the proceeds of your mortgage life insurance will be distributed.
How much coverage will I have? In many cases, when your mortgage lender arranges your insurance, your policy will state that the balance of your mortgage will be paid off upon death. While your monthly mortgage life insurance premiums will stay the same for the life of the mortgage, over time your mortgage balance will decrease as will the amount that will have to be paid out on a claim in the event that there is a death. For example, say you have a mortgage for $200,000 and your mortgage life insurance payment is $22 per/mo. 5 Years into your mortgage your balance is $170,000, your spouse passes away, the insurance company will pay your bank the $170,000. When you obtain mortgage life insurance through your insurance broker, the face value of the policy will remain the same for the duration of your policy term. So, if you have a mortgage for $200,000, you arrange mortgage life insurance in the amount of your mortgage and your mortgage life insurance payment is $22 per/mo. 5 years into your mortgage your balance is $170,000, your spouse passes away, the insurance company will pay you the full $200,000.What happens when you renew? As you know, your mortgage is likely to renew every 1 to 5 years. Every time you refinance your home, if you have obtained mortgage life insurance through your mortgage lender, you will be quoted on a new policy. This could change your rates exponentially because, as we age, insurance becomes more expensive. When your mortgage life insurance term policy is arranged through a mortgage broker it doesn’t matter if you sell, buy another property, or refinance, because your mortgage life insurance is not directly tied to your mortgage.
If you have just purchased a home or are thinking about getting insurance to protect your mortgage, mortgage life insurance arranged through a trusted insurance broker who deals with all of the life insurance companies is the way to go. Don’t get sucked into the convenience of obtaining life insurance through your mortgage lender without first knowing all about it. Instead, consider a mortgage life insurance policy that truly protects you and your family.For more information about mortgage life insurance, please contact Gary Mandel at Independent Financial Concepts Group at 416-849-1653 or visit www.wecoveryou.ca.