One way you can be sure that your loved ones will have the money they need after you're gone is through mortgage protection life insurance. You purchase coverage in an amount equal to the amount owed on your mortgage. This becomes the policy's death benefit. Your insurance company charges you a monthly premium throughout the term of the policy. As the loan balance decreases, the death benefit decreases too. If you die during the term of the policy, the mortgage will be paid off.
Mortgage protection life insurance is typically purchased when you buy your home; but it doesn't necessarily have to be. You can buy it at a later date if circumstances should warrant. However, keep in mind that your age is a consideration when the insurance company determines your premium.
While carrying mortgage life insurance it's a good idea to make extra mortgage payments. If you are able to do so, the policy's death benefit will be the amount your mortgage would have been had you only been making the required payments. This strategy will ultimately benefit your family because after the mortgage is paid off, they receive the remainder of your death benefits.
There are some additional things to consider before you purchase mortgage protection life insurance:
· Look for an insurance company that offers a joint mortgage protection life insurance that covers both you and your spouse and pays out when either of you die.
· Find out whether or not reissuing your policy will get you a lower premium should you refinance your mortgage.
· Ask your life insurance company if it will extend your coverage should you default on your mortgage.
There is one final caveat to keep in mind. Don't confuse private mortgage insurance with mortgage protection life insurance. You are required to purchase private mortgage insurance if you buy a house and make less than a 20 percent down payment. However, private mortgage insurance only covers a portion of the loan if you default. You should never consider it a substitution for either life insurance or mortgage protection life insurance.
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