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One of the biggest reasons why mortgage insurance cover and related protection policies are hard to understand is the lack of information given at the time of selling. Mis-selling only occurs through ignorance of the product and not knowing what it can and cannot deliver. As long as the consumer has the information and key facts regarding a policy and has made sure it is suitable, it will protect their mortgage. Getting behind on your mortgage repayments puts you at high risk of being repossessed but with mortgage protection it does not have to be this way.

If you find that mortgage protection insurance is suitable for your circumstances, it can act as a safety net should you find yourself in a situation where you are unable to work. This can be due to an accident, illness or through unemployment caused by no fault of your own, for example redundancy. You pay a premium for your policy, which is decided at the outset and is based on your age and the amount of monthly mortgage repayments.

Mortgage payment protection would begin to provide the policy holder with a tax-free income after 30 to 90 days of being incapacitated or unemployed. Once the policy has begun to provide benefit it will, if necessary, continue to do so for between 12 to 24 months. The exact duration of the payout is stated in the terms and conditions, which hold vital information regarding the policy and therefore are a must-read before signing up.

All policies have certain exclusions, depending on the provider, and some exclusions are in the majority of cover. Those individuals who are retired, self-employed, suffer from an existing illness or who only work on a part-time basis will have to go over terms and conditions very carefully to ensure they will be eligible for a payout. There are clauses in a policy aimed at specific exclusions; for instance, if you have not been bothered by the illness in the two-year period from taking on the cover then you would be eligible to claim. In addition, if you are self-employed and have ceased trading altogether through no fault of your own then you could be eligible for the cover. A specialist provider will make sure that you are able to read the terms and conditions in full, which enables you to make a more informed choice.

The cost of mortgage payment protection insurance varies drastically depending on where you choose to take it. At the time of borrowing the high street lender will usually offer protection and in some cases it can be added on without the consumer being aware. The quotes the majority of high street lenders give can cost as much as five times more than a quote from an independent provider. Some high street lenders have been known to work out how much protection for the mortgage would cost and then add it onto the amount of the loan, then add interest on top. A specialist, in contrast, will give you a monthly quote for just the insurance.

Mortgage insurance cover is confusing to the majority of individuals but with the help of an independent provider and the internet it does not have to be this way. There is a vast amount of information to be found on the websites of payment protection specialists and the consumer should take full advantage of the articles and FAQs.

Submitted by:

Simon Burgess

Simon Burgess is Managing Director of the award-winning British Insurance (http://www.britishinsurance.com), a specialist provider of low cost income payment protection insurance (PPI), mortgage payment protection insurance (MPPI) and loan payment protection insurance.



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