Best Mortgage Protection Policy Ireland

Best Mortgage Protection Policy Ireland

Which insurer offers the best Mortgage Protection policy in Ireland? Below we have put together a definite guide to all the best mortgage protection policies in Ireland, based on their 2018 offerings, so can immediately see which life insurance company policy is the best choice to protect your mortgage!

BEST MORTGAGE PROTECTION POLICY – WHICH POLICY?

1. MORTGAGE PROTECTION – LIFE COVER – SINGLE/JOINT COVER

This is standard reducing life cover, which your bank will insist on you having in place alongside your mortgage loan. For straight forward single, or joint life mortgage protection, to satisfy your bank, opt for: AVIVA

Why Aviva?

  • They offer premium discounts, with One Quote allowing up to 25% off.
  • They try their best to avoid GP reports / nurse medicals, so offer cover with less hassle.
  • They are the fastest to produce policy documents, with online delivery.
  • Uniquely as standard, if required they allow an increase in your policy term and an increase in your original loan of up to 40K without fresh underwriting. So, if adding an extension, converting the attic, or extending your loan term down the road, this is a big plus!
  • They offer accidental death benefit prior to policy start date, when your application is still being processed.
  • They offer “Best Doctors”, a free second medical opinion service to policy holders and their families.

Any exceptions?

  • Aviva currently have a minimum premium of €15.00 per month, so if your policy cover level, age and term means your premium comes in below €15.00, the next best policy is with Zurich Life.

 

2. MORTGAGE PROTECTION – LIFE COVER – DUAL COVER BENEFITS

If you’re a couple looking for the possibility of two life cover pay-outs, as opposed to joint cover, where the policy ends after the first claim, then for the best deal it’s: Royal London

However, we don’t recommend dual cover over joint cover unless you include a policy continuation option, as they changes of both dying your mortgage policy term is extremely low.

Why Royal London?

  • Of the 2 life insurance companies, offering mortgage protection with dual life cover benefits, they provide the lowest premium.

Important Note:

  • If opting for standard reducing cover mortgage protection, then joint life cover represents better value (with Aviva), however if including a conversion option, then dual life benefits with Royal London is the way to go.

 

3. MORTGAGE – LIFE COVER – WITH LOAN RESTRUCTURE FLEXIBILITY

If you’re happy to pay a little more to protect yourself against a change in your future financial circumstances, where you may need to restructure your mortgage, then choose: Royal London

Why Royal London?

  • Of the 3 life insurers, offering a conversion option, they are the cheapest on the market!
  • The Royal London conversion options allows conversion to another reducing cover policy, or to a level cover policy, the Irish Life and New Ireland version only allows reducing cover conversion, this means if you needed to convert to interest only, you can only do so with Royal London.

How does a Royal London Convertible Option work?

Example 1:

Stephen and Lisa, both non‑smokers aged 29, take out mortgage protection for a sum assured of €300,000 for a period of 30 years. They choose to add a Conversion Option for an increase in premiums of 5%.

Five years later, their financial circumstances change. The Conversion Option on their policy gives them the flexibility to do one of the following:

  • extend the term of the cover on their current policy in line with an extended mortgage term

or

  • convert from a decreasing term, to a level term policy to match an interest only mortgage.

Example 2:

John and Anna, both non‑smokers aged 29, take out mortgage protection for a sum assured of €300,000 for a period of 30 years. They choose to add a Conversion Option for an increase in premiums of 5%.

Five years later their first child is born, and they decide to purchase a larger house. Their policy with Royal London comes with a Guaranteed Insurability Option along with the Conversion Option they selected. This means their policy gives them the flexibility to do one of the following, without having to undergo medical underwriting again so they avoid potentially paying significantly higher premiums or having their cover declined.

  • extend the term of cover to match the extended mortgage term and increase their mortgage cover by €100,000.

or

  • convert from a decreasing term to a level term policy and increase their mortgage cover by €100,000 thereby increasing their level of personal cover.

 

4. MORTGAGE PROTECTION – LIFE & SERIOUS ILLNESS COVER

If you wish to protect your mortgage against the treat of a serious illness occurring, then you want the best Serious Illness coverage, as well as the best price, in which case the best insurers are: Zurich Life and Royal London.

Why Zurich Life, or Royal London?

  • Zurich Life, lead the market in providing the most comprehensive serious illness cover, along with Royal London.
  • Dependent on the cover details either Zurich Life, or Royal London will provide the cheapest premium.
  • For standard reducing cover mortgage protection, Zurich Life require that the serious illness and life cover amount match. Royal London allow lower level serious illness cover, subject to a minimum of 10% of the life cover amount.

 

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Ken O’Gorman – QFA

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