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Introduction

Protect your loved ones and assure them of a home even if misfortune strikes. When death or permanent disability hits, your family’s dream home can transform into a liability overnight when mortgage payments cannot be met.

Additionally, as a result of the total debt servicing ratio framework introduced by MAS, which limits the amount that financial institutions can lend a borrower, your family may be restricted from taking over your mortgage even if they can afford it. Furthermore, your family may even need to pay a seller stamp duty upon a forced sale if they cannot take over the mortgage.

Mortgage insurance protects your loved ones from the financial burden of making hefty mortgage payments that the family can no longer afford after a death or permanent disability, and allows your family to continue owning their home while maintaining their current lifestyle.

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Beginners’ Mistakes

 

Mortgage insurance is an essential element of any home loan, and one that should not be overlooked. When it comes to insurance matters, we strongly advise choosing a plan that works for you (and not one that’s simply recommended by a lender or agent). Mortgage insurance provides a level of security that you and your family cannot do without.

Before choosing a mortgage insurance plan, take note of these common beginners’ mistakes - and be sure to steer clear of them.

Failing to do research on all the different mortgage insurance policies out there. There is no one standard policy, and you should find one that best suits you. Drop us a note if you require assistance in finding out more on the available mortgage insurance offers.
Not knowing what type of coverage is offered by your selected mortgage insurance plan (death, total and permanent disability, critical illness, unemployment, etc.).
Failing to customise your policy. Most insurance policies can be customised with different types of riders.
Not getting the right coverage amount. There are policies that cover the full loan, a percentage of the loan amount or even a sum that is more than the loan. Over-coverage will add to your costs, while under-coverage may be risky. Analyse your finances and personal situation carefully to decide how much coverage is needed.
Neglecting to find out how long the coverage lasts. Some mortgage insurance policies only covers the loan up to a certain number of years, which may be before the loan is fully paid up
Neglecting to understand the exclusions that may limit the claim or disallow the claim completely.
Not analysing your personal cash flow situation to select a premium paying frequency that best fits you. The lending bank usually allows a choice of payment frequencies (one-time, annual, monthly, etc.).
Forgetting to pay the insurance premium, leading to penalty charges or policy lapses. As the premium payments is smaller than the actual home loan repayments, plus the fact that premiums may be billed annually, it is easy to let this slip through the cracks.
Not clarifying the claims process. Especially for claims in the event of death or disability, do find out (from the start) who is allowed to stand in proxy for you to initiate the claiming process.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

No, though term insurance and life insurance offer protection against death, their premium structure is fundamentally different, and thus it is not possible to convert term to life insurance.
 

Although you have no dependants, you can consider buying life insurance as a way to save towards a longer term savings target. You may also use life insurance to protect yourself against critical illness or Total and Permanent Disability (TPD)

Riders are additional options you may choose to take up with your insurance policy that offer additional protection/ benefits on top of what is included in your life insurance policy for an additional premium. Common riders include Critical Illness and Total and Permanent Disability (TPD).

Critical Illness and Total and Permanent Disability cover are typically either included in your life insurance or offered as optional riders in your life insurance policy.

Critical Illness cover protects against the possibility of major illness and triggers a pay out from the policy when the insured is first diagnosed with a critical illness that is covered by his policy.

Total and Permanent Disability cover protects against disability and triggers a pay out from the policy if the conditions of total and permanent disability as defined by your insurer are met. 

The premium payable depends on a number of factors such as your percentage of coverage, health status, age, etc.

You are usually allowed to choose your preferred payment frequency: one-time, monthly, quarterly, semi-annually or annually.

A common definition is: the inability to take part in any paid work for the rest of the insured’s life, or total physical loss.

Your insurer may have varying definitions of what a “total physical loss” means. As a general guideline, total physical loss usually refers to:

  1. The total and permanent loss of sight in both eyes
  2. The total and permanent loss of use of two limbs
  3. The total and permanent loss of sight in one eye, and the total and permanent loss of one limb 

You will typically need to provide a medical certificate by a registered medical practitioner certifying that the insured is totally and permanently disabled for period of time (usually at least six consecutive months).

Usual exclusions are deliberate acts such as self-inflicted injuries or attempted suicide. Also excluded are unlawful acts, provoked assault, or deliberate exposure to danger, as well as the effects of alcohol or drugs.

No, once the insurance benefit is activated, your policy and all riders will cease immediately and you do not have to pay premiums.

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