Is Home Loan Insurance the Best Option to Cover your Liability?
May 14, 2013

Author: PersonalFN Content & Research Team

Indians have unshakable belief in real estate as an asset class. However, with burgeoning prices in almost all parts of the country, buying real estate has become a costly affair these days. Many people seeking to buy their first dream home are being forced either to postpone their decision or to buy with financed capital. Although promising job prospects and salary hikes have empowered dual income families to opt for high value loans; most of such homebuyers are saddled with hefty EMIs. Home loan EMI has significant bearing on one's financial plan. In case of any untoward event claiming life of the principal earner in the family; financial plan of the family may go completely out of whack. On the other hand, it's also a risk to the financing company as their cash flows will be negatively impacted if the home loan borrower or his family is unable to repay the loan. Auctioning house would be an extreme option. To avoid this intimidating situation; home financers insist borrowers on buying home loan insurance cover.

What is home loan insurance Cover?

In simple words, it is an Insurance plan that covers only your outstanding loan liability (as per the original schedule in most cases). In case of death of the borrower; the proceeds of home loan insurance cover help the family repay outstanding loan. Nowadays home loan insurance plans are available with some variations and provide borrowers with added unique features. Some Insurance plans provide critical illness cover at nominal added premium while others also cover home and its contents. Usually these are single premium plans.

Be aware of some commonly observed mal-practices

Banks and non-banking financial companies tie up with select insurance providers and bundle home loan products with home loan insurance plans. Banks might try to promote home loan insurance only of companies who they have tied up with. Furthermore, they may not offer you an option to pay separately for your home loan insurance and include the sum paid towards premium in loan amount; which in effect will increase your EMI. There is a possibility that banks may try to push products which are unsuitable to cover such risks. For instance, banks may push endowment plans which may not provide you adequate cover and would prove to be cost ineffective. However, no law compels you to buy from the insurance company that has tie-up with your financer.

How should you cover your liability?

At first sight you might be convinced with buying single premium home loan insurance to cover your outstanding liability. However, there are certain disadvantages of doing so. For Instance,

  • Should you retire your entire loan at one go through the windfall gains you may have earned; you would end up paying excess premium to get covered for relatively short duration.
  • In case you want to transfer your home loan from your existing financer to a new financer; transferring your existing home loan insurance policy, though possible, may be irksome.
  • In most cases, amount of insurance cover comes down with the amount of outstanding liability. Since the insurance cover works as per the original payment schedule; the policy may leave you underinsured in case you opt for loan restructuring.

An Alternative to Home Loan Insurance Plans

Term Plan is a simple product which might provide you cost-effective insurance against all your liabilities including home loan. Being insured with adequate amount (through term Insurance) for the appropriate tenure doesn't only help you manage your financial risk but may also give you better bargaining power against banks hard pushing their bundled loan products. Banks and other non-banking financing companies might always be keen to sell you a fresh insurance policy but you should analyse whether you really need it.

Financial planning would help you arrive at the right amount of cover you may need to get yourself insured with while timely reviews would keep your insurance portfolio trimmed and cost-effective.

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Aug 31, 2018

Need Liabilities Insurance Against HOME LONE 1050000
Aug 31, 2018

Need Liabilities Insurance Against HOME LONE 1050000
Jan 19, 2014

Well it is very important to cover any liability and home loan obviously is a big liability, When you approach a bank for home loan they are very happy to attach an insurance with it, Many a times without your notice also

Let us examine carefully with an example

You took a home loan of  30 lakhs from any xyz bank attached is an insurance premium which is a single premium in most case somewhere around say 80000

Since it is attached with your home loan now your home loan becomes 30,80,000 this principle amount will float in your EMI and an additional interest would be added on your insurance cover also

Worried?? Confused??? Call me we will have more discussion on this and of course a solution!!!!!
Jan 30, 2018

Want to buy Insurance policy for availing Home Loan of Rs.900000 from hdfc ltd.
May 06, 2016

pl share your contact no.

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