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Where To Buy Mortgage Protection Insurance?

You’re almost there.

The bank has eventually given you mortgage approval.

You’ve found your dream home.

The vendor has accepted your offer.

Now, all you need to do is meet with your bank and buy mortgage protection, right?

There are five reasons you should avoid the bank for mortgage protection.

1) It will cost more if you buy mortgage protection from the bank

The banks don’t deal with Zurich, Royal London or Aviva.

Over the 25 years of this mortgage, going with the bank’s policy will cost you €3303 more than buying a Zurich policy through a broker.

2) The bank owns your policy if you buy from them

If you purchase mortgage protection from a bank group scheme, known as a block policy, the bank will cancel your policy if you ever move your mortgage.

Let’s fast-forward five years, and there’s a new mortgage provider in Ireland offering tracker rates for the first time in forever.

You want one; to get one, you have to switch your mortgage.

You mention this to your banker who explains that as you took out a block mortgage protection policy, they’ll have to cancel it should you redeem your mortgage.

So you’ll have to reapply for mortgage protection all over again.

You’ll be older, which means you’ll pay more.

You may have suffered health issues, so you’ll pay even more.

If those health issues are severe, it may be impossible to get mortgage insurance.

What happens then?

You’re stuck with your current bank, and their rip-off mortgage costs you €000s extra per year.

As you can see, buying mortgage protection from your bank could have unforeseen repercussions.

If you buy from a broker, you will keep the policy even if you switch lenders in the future.

It’s your policy, so you can assign it to any lender.

3) Banks can only offer mortgage protection quotes from one insurer.

Permanent TSB, AIB, and EBS are all tied agents of Irish Life.

Those banks can only sell life insurance from Irish Life. They cannot advise on policies from

  • Aviva
  • Royal London
  • New Ireland
  • Zurich Life

Bank of Ireland can only sell policies from New Ireland (Bank of Ireland Life)

This means you don’t get access to the value-added benefits available at the other insurers.

4) Banks sell you a policy; they don’t advise.

If you’re unmarried, did you know you should take out two single-life policies to minimise inheritance tax?

Or, if you add serious illness cover to your policy, the bank will receive the proceeds of your claim.

If you are discussing cover with your bank, check if they mention either of these or if they are just too busy selling you a policy even to care.

5) What if the bank’s insurer can’t offer you cover?

You’re in trouble if the bank’s insurers refuse to offer cover.

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The bank can’t help you because they don’t have another insurer to apply to, so they will recommend applying through a broker

(wouldn’t it have been easier to do so in the first place)

However, because the bank has declined you, you must declare this on your new application.

This will alert the underwriters at the other insurers, affecting your chances of getting the best price.

The same applies if your bank applies a loading to your premium.

So, what should you do if you’re worried about a health condition affecting your cover?

Use a broker specialising in getting cover for clients with quirky health issues.


We’ll get you covered by the most sympathetic lender at the best price with the least hassle.

Over to you…

I’m here to guide you through the mortgage protection minefield. 

Please complete this questionnaire if you’d like me to review your financial situation and recommend how to protect yourself best when getting a mortgage.

Thanks for reading


Editor’s Note: We first published this blog in 2018 and have regularly updated it.

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