For everyone that owns a mortgage, Our Financial Plans recommends that they consider replacing the lender’s mortgage insurance with personal insurance. Follow the link below to watch CBC’s Marketplace expose the pitfalls of Mortgage Insurance sold by banks and other lenders.
If you have a mortgage on your home, chances are good you also have mortgage insurance. The idea is that if you should become seriously ill or die before paying off the mortgage, the coverage will kick in and pay it off for you. It’s meant to offer peace of mind and to reassure you that your family will be able to stay in your home if anything should happen to you.
The reality falls a little short of that. In this week’s Marketplace investigation, we meet two families who bought the coverage and thought they were protected, only to have their claims denied when they became sick or died. In each case, the insurer said the applicant person had lied on their initial application form.
It turns out a routine test at the doctor could be reason to deny your claim, if you don’t mention it. Had a cuff inflated on your bicep? That counts as being tested for high blood pressure.
As Erica Johnson reports, the bank staffers selling mortgage insurance are unlicensed and rarely trained to explain the details and legalities of those insurance products. The result is people who pay premiums and think they are covered, only to realize later that they are not.
The Advisors at Our Financial Plans can help you build a personal insurance plan that will replace your mortgage insurance. We can help you determine the right amount and type of coverage for you needs. The insurance will be underwritten up-front, will be portable in case you move lenders, and you are in full control of the contract and the beneficiaries.