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 their mortgage protection, right?
There are five major reasons you should avoid the bank for mortgage protection.
If you buy mortgage protection from the bank group scheme, known as a block policy, the bank can cancel your policy should you ever switch your mortgage to a new bank in the future
Let’s fast forward 5 years to 2023, 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 bank who are full of apologies but explain that as you took out a block 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 which means you’ll pay even more.
If those health issues are serious, it may be impossible to get cover.
What happens then?
You’re stuck with your current bank and their rip off mortgage costing you €000’s extra per year.
As you can see, buying mortgage protection from your bank could have serious repercussions down the line.
If you buy from a broker, you can take the policy with you even if you switch lender in the future. It’s your policy so you can assign it to any lender.
Permanent TSB, KBC Bank, Ulster Bank, 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
Going with the bank gives you no choice, they force you to take whatever they offer no matter how crappy that policy is.
You’ll be stuck with a joint life policy.
If you’re unmarried, did you know you should take out two single life policies to minimise inheritance tax.
Here’s a fun game…if your bank advises two single life policies, fair play, you’ve got a decent advisor.
If not, well, you know what to do.
Your bank can’t apply to another insurer so you’ll have to go to a broker.
But because the bank has declined you, you’ll have to declare this on your new application. This will put the underwriters at the other insurers on alert 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?
Use a broker who specialises in getting cover for clients with quirky health issues. You’ll get cover from the most sympathetic lender at the best price with the least amount of hassle.
I’m here to guide you through the mortgage protection minefield. Let me help.
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