Mortgage holders can save thousands by moving their mortgage protection away from the bank! (Test)
Niall O'Connor MSc CFP® QFA
The savings can quite literally be thousands – so why are consumers still reluctant to change?
If you have a mortgage, chances are you’re spending hundreds or even thousands of euro a year on life insurance. And even though the bill could add up to tens of thousands over your lifetime, odds are you’ve never bothered looking for a better deal.
While Irish people are very clued in about seeking better value for groceries, electricity and phone, National Consumer Agency research shows that life insurance and mortgage protection cover are bottom of the list when it comes to switching provider.
Life insurance is a type of cover that pays out a lump-sum in the event of someone’s early death while mortgage protection cover is a form of it – which your lender will often require you to get – which specifically pays off the mortgage.
The most recent National Consumer Agency survey showed just 3pc of people switched life insurance in the past year compared to a 35% who switched car insurance, gas, electricity or internet provider.
That’s even though you could save €5,700 over the lifetime of your policy if you do shop around, a recent NCA study found.
Differences of even a few euro a month may sound small but over a few decades they add up to thousands.
The savings can be even higher for smokers who quit because they’re deemed to be a much lower death-risk after just 12 months off the fags.
But given the huge savings, why are consumers so reluctant to switch life insurance policy?
Most people buying a home are so focused on closing that deal, they simply take whatever insurance policy the bank offers without shopping around or querying the cost.
The whole ‘where do I sign’ euphoria comes to mind when your signing for your mortgage protection plan and, then once they have it, inertia sets in and they think it’s going to be too much hassle to switch.
We would absolutely encourage people to consider switching as there’s plenty of cheaper rates to be found, and you can get a new quote with Beat The Bank in seconds online, so you’ve nothing to lose by seeing if you could make savings.
Switching is generally straightforward and we will be there to help you along the journey, which to be honest, is really straightforward and a piece of cake!
The biggest savings are generally for those who are young and healthy as the cost of cover typically rises with age, particularly over 50, though it’s still worth checking as you’ll probably have a much smaller mortgage debt left by then.
Ex-smokers who’ve managed to quit stand to gain most of all because all insurers load the policies of those who smoke because of the much higher risk of early death.
When switching, it’s vital to check the figures and put your new policy in place before you cancel your old cover, but again we will help you with all of this. We are here to help, we are here to Beat The Bank!
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