The Importance of Mortgage Protection Insurance

 

Purchasing a home is a major expense that requires a significant and long term financial commitment. When you initially apply for a mortgage, you are approved for loan funding based on your financial status at the time of application. Most people do not expect that their financial situations will get worse over time, but in some cases that is exactly what happens. Whether through the loss of employment or the death of a family member, it is an unfortunate fact that many people find themselves in situations that keep them from being able to keep up with their home loan payments.

Importance of Mortgage Protection Insurance

For many families, making mortgage payments would become difficult or even impossible in the event of the death of one or more members of the household. Before investing in a home, it is important to stop and think about how the house payments could be made if a major source of household income were to become permanently unavailable as the result of an unanticipated death.

While no one wants to think that their family will ever face a worst case scenario, it’s necessary to make contingency plans for every possible situation. Mortgages are such a large expense that it is important to consider how one’s family would be able to avoid the threat of foreclosure, in addition to losing a loved one, if such a situation were to arise. Fortunately, it is possible to protect your family from having to face the possibility of such a situation by investing in mortgage protection insurance.

Simply put, mortgage protection insurance is a life insurance policy that will pay off your mortgage following the death of one or more covered individuals. The primary purpose of this type of coverage is to reduce the financial burden placed on surviving family members following the death of a loved one. Homeowners who invest in this type of insurance coverage are making an important commitment to their families. This type of coverage can ensure that one’s family will never be forced out of its home as the result of income loss following the death of a family member.

Who Needs Mortgage Protection Insurance?

In single income households, or families in which one partner earns the majority of the money, many people think that the only covered life needs to be that of the primary breadwinner. However, it is likely that the death of a non-working spouse, or one who works part time, can also have a serious impact on a family’s ability to continue to afford to make mortgage loan payments.

Many people make the mistake of focusing only on income loss following death. They neglect to think about the expenses that will increase if either adult household member is no longer around. For example, if the non-working spouse is staying home with young children, the family does not have to pay for full-time child care. However, if that parent were no longer there, the working parent would have to pay for child care, which is a significant expense, in order to continue working.

Where to Get Mortgage Protection Insurance

There are a number of different options for making sure that your family remains financially able to stay in its home following the unexpected death of one or more members of the household. Many banks and other lenders offer mortgage protection insurance policies that can be purchased at the time you settle on your home loan.

These types of policies are specific to one’s mortgage, and proceeds are disbursed to pay off the remaining loan balance upon the occurrence of a covered event. It is also possible that the company who carries your homeowners’ coverage offers a mortgage protection policy. Payments for these types of polices can generally be included in the ongoing payments for homeowners insurance that are included in your monthly loan payment.

No matter which coverage option you select, the important thing is to make sure that your family is protected even under the worst possible circumstances. When you think about the alternative, the cost of mortgage protection insurance really seems to be quite small. When you purchase mortgage insurance protection, you are investing in peace of mind for yourself and for your family.

At Sherlock we have a solid partnership with a major Mortgage Protection Insurance Provider and can assist you with securing a policy today. Contact the team at Sherlock Holmes Lending Solutions to discuss your mortgage protection insurance options.

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Seven Steps to Eliminate Credit Card Debt

Here are Seven common sense guidelines to eliminate credit card debt:

1) DO make a budget listing all your fixed expenses. Rent or mortgage, car insurance, car payments, mobile phones, utilities, day care, fixed loans, etc. Then try to estimate a reasonable budget for discretionary items like food, entertainment, clothes, etc.

2) DO make a second list of all your outstanding balances and sort by balance, minimum payment, and interest charges if you have multiple credit card debts.

You may think the wisest thing to do is paying off the credit card with the highest interest rate. However, there are 2 preferred methods to follow.

First, you should reduce the number of credit cards. Pay off the smallest balance first with larger payments until the number of credit cards you have in debt is down to one. Your ultimate goal is zero, or when you can pay your monthly balance in full every month.

The other strategy is to pay the balance on any card exceeding 50 percent of your credit limit because balances above this level may affect your credit score.

3) DO use cash or a debit card linked to your bank account. You can’t spend what you don’t have.

4) DO look for extra income. Most likely your rent or mortgage is your biggest expense, so consider a roommate if possible. If you like your occasional privacy, consider an International student for shorter periods of time.

5) DO look for the little things that add up in your expenses. Maybe change your phone plan if you are constantly going over the monthly minutes? How about that $3.50 latte or cappuccino every work day? That’s almost $1,000 a year!

6) DON’T sign up with a new credit card with a 0% Interest Rate for the first 6 months.

You probably receive a lot of junk mail enticing you to sign up with a new credit card with a 0% Interest Rate for the first 6 months before it jumps to 18% or even higher. Then 6 months later you would transfer your huge balance to another piece of plastic. Unfortunately, the biggest risk is they are simply giving you more credit to spend, and the number of cards and liability increases.

Unless you are extremely disciplined, this doesn’t really work as you end up bigger and deeper in the hole! Reducing the number of credit cards is the goal.

7) DO consider refinancing your home (if you have one) and consolidating all your debts into one

Logically, a 4.50-5.50% home loan is a lot less than 18% on a credit card. You can’t spend what you don’t have. You will be asked to have all your cards cut up (except maybe one with a small credit limit) and you have reduced the number of credit cards. You are now paying back that debt at far lower interest rates – often we find that the overall new monthly mortgage payment incorporating the consolidated debts is lower or at least equal to what you were previously paying out across several loans (credit cards included). Plus – the temptation has now been removed as you no longer have the credit cards!

Melanie Burns

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Here are Seven common sense guidelines to eliminate credit card debt: 1) DO make a budget listing all your fixed expenses. Rent or mortgage, car insurance, car payments, mobile phones, utilities, day care, fixed loans, etc. Then try to estimate a reasonable budget for discretionary items like food, entertainment, clothes, etc. 2) DO make a…

If Real Estate Investment Is So Great, Why Doesn’t Everyone Do It?

Oh, that’s an easy one. I can answer that in one word. FEAR.

Real Estate investment is a great way to change just about everything in your life, but it’s one of those things where doing it for the FIRST time is the toughest. In fact, the second is exponentially easier! It’s fear folks, plain and simple! And why it is fear doesn’t make much sense to me. Consider that:

– “Everyone knows that the surest path from low income to millionaire is through real estate.” This appears to be a well-documented truism. I’ve seen a similar statement in some of the most prestigious financial resources on the planet.

– I rarely hear of someone losing it all from real estate. I might be living in la-la land, but for the most part I only hear of people prospering from real estate investing. Sure, occasionally I hear of a deal going bad or growing complicated, but not to the point of ruining people.

– There are a lot of properties available. People are still selling, divorcing, dying, or just not paying the bills and getting their homes sold out from under them. Much of the mortgagee auction activity is not SEEN by the public, but most of it is available to the public.

– There are a lot of properties available at below market prices. That’s been my experience anyway. Of course, I have people right here in my area that tell me they can’t find properties. I just smile and nod my head.

– Rental demand is strong and rents never go down!

So with all this common knowledge and raw opportunity out there, why isn’t everyone investing in real estate?

Here’s my theory.

* Real estate transactions are more involved than going to K-Mart for a pair of undies, so that scares people. You have to learn a little bit. Mind you, this isn’t a lot of learning, but it is apparently enough to keep some on the sidelines.

* The numbers are big. I’ve seen folks nearly FREEZE UP mentally talking about large amounts of money. Merely talking about a $400,000 mortgage causes some people to break out in a sweat.

* Horror stories. Everyone’s heard about some scam, sink hole, meteor or something else on the fringes of believability that has happened somewhere at sometime. I mean, there is SOME risk involved.

* Fear of taking action! It’s hard to do something you’ve never done, and harder to do something you’ve never done before in a subject matter on which you aren’t an expert! People fear something, which makes facing that fear hard. What I’m referring to is what I call, “IT’S EASIER NOT TO.”

So what does one do to face fear and make a change in their life,

Ah, that’s just as easy as the first question. I can also answer that in one word…KNOWLEDGE.

Once properly armed with the knowledge they need, most people can overcome their fears to the point of taking action.

So if you are contemplating taking your financial future into your own hands by investing in real estate, FOCUS on one thing for the next 3-6 months. Buy books or courses, got to real estate investing club meetings, visit websites and get on discussion groups. Let those things be your action steps for awhile. I suspect you’ll be ready to dive into the market with the knowledge you’ll gain.

 “Knowledge Always Precedes the Money.”

Author: Melanie Burns

If you have found a property, or are looking at refinancing to access equity so you can take the leap into Real Estate Investment then contact us to discuss your home loan options. Whether you are self-employed, PAYG, credit impaired, looking to invest via Self Managed Super or looking to construct, or even if you are seeking funding for a commercial property the team at Sherlock Holmes are mortgage specialists here to help you finance your dreams!

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Oh, that’s an easy one. I can answer that in one word. FEAR. Real Estate investment is a great way to change just about everything in your life, but it’s one of those things where doing it for the FIRST time is the toughest. In fact, the second is exponentially easier! It’s fear folks, plain…

Buying A Home With Bad Credit – A few key tips to keep in mind

You can buy a home with a bad credit history; you just need to find the right mortgage financing package. Before you sign up with the first company that offers you a loan, remember to research offers to be assured you are getting a fair deal.
Know Your Credit Rating
Your credit report/history is one of the biggest factors in determining the interest rate you will pay for your loan and the features (or lack thereof) of the loan that will be available to you.  Lenders will require a deposit of generally between 10-20% if their are impairments on your credit file.  The more severe the impairments – the greater the deposit. It is always a good idea to obtain a copy of your credit file prior to applying for finance. This is a good time to make sure all the information is correct. Any discrepancies should be checked out and corrected before applying for a loan.

 

Know The Fees

Arm yourself with information so you will know what are reasonable fees for your type of loan. Mortgage brokers are paid for their work through points paid up front or through the lifetime of the loan by the lender. Lenders also make money through points.It is reasonable to expect to pay up to 2-4% above normal variable interest rates for credit impaired mortgage, but any higher and you should be wary. There are always exceptions to this, so use your best judgment and compare.

Read The Fine Print

Once you get an offer from a broker, make sure you read the fine print. Interest rates are easy to compare, but you should also look over the fees that are involved which can add up to thousands of dollars. Also, be sure to understand any fees for late or missed payments.To discuss your mortgage options please feel free to contact us and we can review your options and provide you with a free comprehensive loan assessment.
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