WhyAskWhy asked in Business & FinanceInsurance · 1 decade ago

Accidental Death Mortgage Insurance?

We just got a letter in the mail...an offer for Accidental Death insurance for our home mortgage from Union Security Insurance Company. Should my husband die in an accident (whatever they term an accident to be; they don't have any definitions here) our mortgage would supposedly be paid off, depending on his age at the time of his death. (The benefits decrease with age.)

Is this type of insurance really necessary or advisable? What criteria should one use in determining whether or not they should purchase this type of coverage?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    This Accidental Death Mortgage Insurance is often called "Optional Insurance" by mortgage industry professionals.

    In the mortgage industry, Optional Insurance is thought to be a rip-off. If you have any sort of Life Insurance, then your beneficiaries will receive a ton of money if you die. If they choose to pay off the mortgage with that extra cash, nothing is stopping them. If they wish to buy a new house or open a new business (and leave the mortgage balance as it is), then they would have those options as well.

    I recommend against Mortgage Life Insurance (Optional Insurance). You can get a better deal on a regular Life Insurance policy that will accomplish the same objectives and offer your beneficiaries more flexibility.

    Hope that helps.

    Good luck!

    Source(s): 20 years as a Management Consultant and Project Manager in the Mortgage Banking Industry.
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    4 years ago

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    RE :Accidental Death Mortgage Insurance?

    We just got a letter in the mail...an offer for Accidental Death insurance for our home mortgage from Union Security Insurance Company. Should my husband die in an accident (whatever they term an accident to be; they don't have any definitions here) our mortgage would supposedly be paid off, depending on his age at the time of his death. (The benefits decrease with age.)

    Is this type of insurance really necessary or advisable? What criteria should one use in determining whether or not they should purchase this type of coverage?

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  • 1 decade ago

    Generally standard term life insurance would be a better deal because it would pay a fixed amount regardless of when it is needed. Mortgage insurance only pays what you owe on the mortgage, so if your mortgage had been paid down for 10 or 20 years, it would only pay the balance. Whereas, regular life insurance would still pay the face value of the policy.

    In fact if you completely paid off your mortgage, the mortgage insurance would become worthless, but regular life insurance would still have the same death benefit it originally had.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Accidental death benefits are not worth the money.You are better off using the same money and buying standard term insurance.

    Only about one in 6 people dies accidentally. Everybody dies. The best insurance is the insurance that is in force when the claim is made.

    Another option is disability income insurance. The best kind is individually owned, non-cancellable, guaranteed renewable. It needs to have both clauses, non-can, guaranteed renewable.

    Half of all men who are now age 35 will be disabled between now and their age 65, and their average disability will be two and a half years.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Usually that insurance is really cheap. It depends on your situation if you really need it or not. Its not a bad idea but keep in mind it only pays if he dies in an accident. Do you have other insurance to pay the mortgage if he would die? If you don't you should have.

    Source(s): insurance agent
  • 1 decade ago

    If you want your mortgage paid in case your husband dies, get REGULAR life insurance.

    Accidental death only pays out if he dies suddenly, and accidentally - no heart attacks, no cancer, no strokes, no suicide/murder, etc. It's like buying car insurance to cover you if you get hit by blue cars. Kinda silly.

    My advice, don't buy insurance that only pays out on ONE kind of death. You're EXTREMELY unlikely to be able to collect.

    Source(s): agent, 21+ years
  • 1 decade ago

    Check into cheap term life insurance. It will probably be cheaper and have fewer restrictions on payout. The beneficiaries can also decide how to spend the funds and not be tied to paying just the mortgage.

  • 4 years ago

    except you always take part in pastimes like skydiving or racecar or rodeo or speedboating, you're actually not as in all probability to die in an twist of destiny as you would be able to desire to think of. The loan business enterprise additionally is general with plenty approximately you, such as you have a sturdy job or a kinfolk - so they are able to estimate your risky habit enormously plenty consistent with that information. that's a sturdy deal for the coverage business enterprise - they make quite a number of money in this product. They pay out for automobile/air injuries and such, however the percentages are rather interior the coverage business enterprise's choose. i'm not asserting to purchase or not purchase, in basic terms weigh your danger - do you holiday usually? stroll a hectic highway usually the place you concern being hit? experience your motorbike down a loopy mountain direction for relaxing? In different words, in the journey that your danger of an twist of destiny is extreme - purchase it. If regular - not worth it.

  • jesse
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    This is an interesting question, and one that made me curious for a very long time.

  • trudi
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    You raise some good points in your question.

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