For most of us our home is the single largest investment we will ever have which is why we need a safety net for our partners and children who also depend on this investment. Mortgage life insurance is a life insurance policy which is designed to pay off the balance of the mortgage should the policy-holder die before the loan is paid off.
However recent figures from a survey undertaken by Sainsbury’s Life Insurance reveal that in the UK millions of borrowers (with billions of dollars worth of home loan debt between them) have failed to take out mortgage protection. In fact a staggering 43% of British mortgagees have no life cover. The recent recession has meant that UK borrowers, struggling to keep up with mounting debts, have cut back on life insurance cover.
A recent survey has shown that nearly a third of 35 to 44 year olds have no life insurance cover protecting their mortgage payments, and 34% of 45 to 54 year olds are in a similar situation. This means that many people with children are unprotected, as well as younger mortgage holders.
According to Lucy Hunter, at Sainsbury’s Life Insurance ‘Life insurance provides financial cover should the unthinkable happen, enabling people to be secure in the knowledge that their dependents could receive a cash lump sum if they were to die.”
This is particularly important for home owners who need to have the reassurance that, should the unthinkable happen, their families would be covered and able to continue living in the family home without the burden of financial responsibility – life insurance is basically ensuring financial security for the future.
Source: The Insurance Blogger.com November 2010.
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