Choose Your Mortgage Protection Insurance Wisely

By: Simon Burgess

When it comes to getting the best deal and the cheapest premium on your mortgage protection insurance then without a doubt the only way to go is to shop around and go with a specialist provider. A specialist provider can make sure that you understand the policy and that it is suitable for your particular needs, as well as highlighting any exclusion within them. Of course, you should always make sure that you read the small print too to make doubly sure that the policy is right for you.

Mortgage protection insurance can be a worthwhile safety net, after all, your monthly mortgage repayments are surely your biggest financial outlay and that is why you should give some consideration as to how you would meet your commitments if your income should stop. In cases where you become out of work through having an accident, prolonged sickness or involuntary unemployment, a policy will normally pay out for up to a period of 12-24 months once you have been out of work for a predefined period of time.

The majority of policies - around 80% - are usually sold alongside the mortgage and are taken from the same provider, which is usually the high street bank or lender. However, while the high street lender can offer you great deals when it comes to the interest rate on your mortgage, very few offer low premium mortgage protection insurance. They make up the profits 'lost' from the cheap mortgage deal by whacking it on to your mortgage protection insurance cover.

Generally, the high street banks and lenders will, in comparison to a standalone provider, charge way over the odds for the cover, meaning that you could be paying thousands more than you should be. An independent provider can not only offer you the cheapest premiums but you will also benefit from their expertise in the area. A specialist will know the product inside out and can help you to make sure that you won't be buying a product that isn't suitable for your needs.

It is important to understand the product and the majority of specialist providers will give plenty of free information and great advice on their website.

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