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  • Home loan insurance, also known as mortgage insurance, has become extremely popular in today’s world due to the increasing prices of properties. Since the events in our lives are unpredictable, most people tend to secure their future along with the future of their loved ones with the help of home loan insurance. To know how it benefits us, we must know what home loan insurance is.

    What Is Home Loan Insurance?

    A home loan insurance plan is a scheme under which the insurer will settle the outstanding Home Loan amount with the lender or the bank in case of an unforeseen situation. Some of the comprehensive home loan insurance plans offers cover for the applicant, the house, and all its contents. The premium that is paid towards home loan insurance is applicable for tax benefits.

    Why Is Home Loan Insurance Important For Lenders?

    Lenders do not like their loans to turn into bad debts. Obviously, they would want to protect their money. In order to avoid a home loan turning into a very bad debt, lenders need home loan insurance. In the event of the borrower’s demise, the lender will be losing out on a lot of money, especially when the borrower was the only earning member of the family.

    Why Is Home Loan Insurance Important For Borrowers?

    As we already know, home loan insurance plan covers the outstanding home loan amount in a situation where the borrower fails to pay his/her debts. Such a situation may arise due to the borrower’s job instability or his/her demise. You may choose a regular plan or opt for one that comes with additional features and riders more enhanced coverage. Home loan insurance is important for the borrowers as it ensures that the dependents of the borrowers don’t become homeless in his/her absence or crisis situation.

    Aspects To Be Considered Before Opting A Home Loan Insurance:

    The ways that you may choose to insure the home loan are mentioned below:

    • Term insurance – It is purchased so that all your liabilities and debts are taken care of.
    • Separate home insurance – This insurance scheme only takes care of your home loan outstanding when you are unable to pay it off.

    Most of the home loan insurance schemes offer reducing coverage with them. The size of the coverage is linked to the home loan outstanding. Thus, the sum insured goes down when an individual repays the loan amount. However, in case of a term insurance, coverage stays the same. In case of term plans, the sum assured is received by the nominee who can make the payments to the lender or the bank for settling the loan. In case if a home loan insurance plan, the insurer directly makes the payments for the home loan outstanding to the lender for settling the loan.

    Home loan insurance can be purchased either from a general insurance company or a life insurance company. The ones that are offered by the general insurance companies need to be renewed on an annual basis. The policies offered by life insurance companies are for longer terms.

    It is of utmost importance that you ask about the riders and add-on covers. It is beneficial to get a plan that covers situations like unemployment and disability, along with death. Also check if the policy covers just natural demise or accidental demise too.

    The loan tenure and insurance cover period must match. It is not advisable to opt for a shorter cover period thinking that you will extend it later. There lies a very strong chance that you might forget to extend in the long run. Also, as you grow older, it only becomes difficult for you get a good coverage. Even if you get one, it will be pretty expensive.

    When you plan to purchase a particular protection scheme, ensure that it matches all your requirements. Compare various products in the market and pick the one that suits you the best. Before you bundle up your EMI payments with premium payments, sort your expenses.

    Features Of The Home Loan Protection Plans:

    • Payment of premium – Most of the home loan protection plans are all single premium policies. This means you make to make payment for the premium only once. As the amount of the premium is pretty high, lenders often add the premium amount to the loan amount. The borrower pays the premium along with the equated monthly instalments. For example, if you borrow a loan amount of Rs.30 lakh and the home loan protection that you opt for costs Rs.1.5 lakh, you will have to pay your EMIs calculated on Rs.31.5 lakh.
    • Life cover – Most home loan protection plans offer life coverage equivalent to home loan outstanding amount. As soon as the loan amount is cleared, the cover comes to an end.
    • Riders or Add-ons – Several insurance providers offering home loans insurance schemes provide optional rider plans to enhance their cover benefits. The riders that can be availed with home loan protection plans are mentioned below:
      • Terminal Illness
      • Accidental Death
      • Jobless up to three to six months of EMI payments
      • Disability

    The policy cost along with these additional features is more expensive than the other regular home loan insurance plans.

    Benefits Of Home Loan Protection Plans?

    • In the event of unfortunate demine of the borrower, the insurer repays the outstanding loan amount to the lender or the bank.
    • Tax benefits can be availed under Section 80C of the Income Tax Act.
    • The borrower can avail add-on coverages or riders to enhance your home insurance plan. Disability rider r critical illness rider ensures that the outstanding loan amount is covered not only in case of an unfortunate demise, but also during a disability or critical illness of the borrower.

    How Are Home Loan Insurance Plans Different From The Other Insurance Schemes?

    Regular insurance plans can be purchased anytime. However, the home loan protection plans cannot be bought at any given point. It can only be purchased when you have an existing housing loan or applying for a new home loan. Also, home loan insurance schemes are reducing covers that include the outstanding amount of loan only. The cover is only available till the end of the tenure of the loan, unlike other regular insurance policies.

    Is Buying A Home Loan Insurance Plan Mandatory?

    Purchasing a home loan protection plan is not mandatory. It is completely up to your choice if you wish to buy it or not. However, it is only advisable that you protect your future with a home loan insurance plan.

    Difference Between A Home Loan Insurance And A Home Insurance:

    Home loan insurance and home insurance are completely different. However, they sound similar and people often get confused between the two of terms.

    Home Insurance Plans:

    The home insurance plans, also known as homeowner’s insurance, offers coverage to your house and its contents against perils like fire, explosion, lightning, etc. It also offers protection against theft or burglary.

    Home Loan Insurance Plans:

    The home loan insurance plans or home loan protection plans clear your home loan debt in case you are unable to repay the borrowed amount due to death, disability or critical illness.

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    Home Loan Insurance Reviews

    • HDFC Limited Home Loan
      "Good Service"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I had applied for home loan with HDFC limited on few months before, they have sanctioned a loan for 22 lakhs but due to some problem of my builder from my end I kept on hold for the loan process. They have detected for the processing fee of 11 thousands but they refunded 9 thousands rupees. The tenure of 15 years. Interest rate was nominal of 8.55%.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , kanchipuram
      Reviewed on Oct 15, 2019
    • HDFC Limited
      HDFC Limited Home Loan
      "Good"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      With HDFC limited I have taken home loan on 8 months before which was processed through them directly. They have approved for 8 lakhs but as of now I have taken only for 5 lakhs remaining 3 lakhs I will get later from their end. Due to shop will come in commercial loan so I have split the loan amount to get it. For the tenure of 15 years. The processing fee for 5000 rupees. The rate of interest 8.8%, they have sanctioned the loan within one month.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , coimbatore
      Reviewed on Oct 15, 2019
    • Punjab National Bank Home Loan
      "Average service"
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      I have availed Home loan directly through Punjab National Bank .The rate of interest and the processing fee was very high ,I have got the loan amount on delay basis and i have applied for 26 lakhs for the tenure of 15 years.I have not faced any difficulties until i have received the loan .
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , new delhi
      Reviewed on Oct 14, 2019
    • SBI Home Loan
      "Excellent Loan Service"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      SBI Home Loan is excellent because I've a salary account with them. They offered me a interest rate of 9.5% approximately. I took the loan amount of Rs. 23 lakhs so far i have got only Rs. 16 lakhs since my building is under construction. My EMI is not yet started. They sanctioned the loan in 2 working days.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , dindigul
      Reviewed on Oct 14, 2019
    • SBI Home Loan
      "Easy and best loan"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      SBI is a best bank and they had a better option. There is only simple documentation required and executive came to my place for collecting all the documents. I got the loan within 7 days. SBI did not taken any processing charges and they gave better and cheap interest. They take minimal time and better response from the customer care so i had chosen SBI for my home loan.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , agra
      Reviewed on Oct 11, 2019
    • Central Bank of India Home Loan
      "Highly recommendable bank"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      My home loan was purchased from Central bank of India. The branch offer was approved the loan immediately and they had a good behavior with the customer. I got the better clarity about the loan process as well as the rate of interest in central bank of India is less than compared to others so i have chosen this bank and the Branch Manager helped me in a better way.
      Was this review helpful? 3
      , bhubaneshwar
      Reviewed on Oct 05, 2019
    • DHFL Home Loan
      "Need to decrease interest charges"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      From DHFL I have taken a home loan almost more than a year. One of my cousin's friend working there he recommend to apply for a home loan. The process was smooth and sanctioned a loan within 6 days with sufficient amount of 20 years. The rate of interest was high.
      Was this review helpful? 3
      , vijayawada
      Reviewed on Oct 05, 2019
    • ICICI Bank Home Loan
      "Average Loan service"
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      ICICI bank has provided me a home loan at the time of i want on a immediate basis. Since the necessity is over they have provided me a timeliness loan. I taken the loan amount of Rs. 10 lakhs and the have charged me a higher interest rates which i'm not comfortable with.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , mumbai
      Reviewed on Oct 05, 2019
    • HDFC Limited Home Loan
      "Excellent"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I have balance transfer for a home loan with existing finance to HDFC LIMITED. One month before only I have a transfer of a loan. They have outstanding amount of 10 lakhs for the tenure period of 10 years. The rate of interest is 8.6% only for mortgage charges for 8 thousands need to pay for it.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , goa
      Reviewed on Oct 04, 2019
    • review Home Loan
      "Need to decrease charges & improve customer service "
      0.5 1.0/5 "Really Bad"
      I have taken a home loan with SUNDARAM FINANCE on 10 years before which was processed through them directly. The amount which was given for 13 lakhs for the tenure period of 20 years. There was lot of issues I faced with them customer service is not good response. The rate of interest was high of 14% compare to other.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , goa
      Reviewed on Oct 04, 2019
    • SBI Home Loan
      "Excellent Service"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I have taken home loan directly through State Bank Of India .The rate of interest and the processing fee was nominal ,I have got the loan amount on time and got a clear picture about the loan process ,I have availed this loan for the tenure of 20 years .I have completed only 2 years of EMI so far .,
      Was this review helpful? 3
      , vizianagaram
      Reviewed on Oct 04, 2019
    • Central Bank of India Home Loan
      "Average service"
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      I have taken Home loan directly through Central Bank OF India ,I have got the loan on exact time ,The rate of interest and the processing fee was nominal ,I have got all the details about this loan very clearly through bank agent.The process was very easy and still this loan is active .
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , ramanathapuram
      Reviewed on Oct 04, 2019
    • SBI Home Loan
      "Good"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      Nearly 11 years before I had taken a home loan with STATE BANK OF INDIA which was processed directly to them.The loan amount was sufficient for the tenure period of 15 years. The rate of interest and processing fee are nominal. They have sanctioned a loan within few days and the process was good.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , itanagar
      Reviewed on Oct 04, 2019
    • Central Bank of India Home Loan
      "Easily accessible bank"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I have just applied the home loan from Central bank of India. I had a reference over there hence i applied the home loan from Central Bank of India. Documentation process was hassle free. They have offered me a interest rate of 10.1% and the processing fee was 1% of the interest amount +18% GST charges. They have dispatched the loan 20 days. The staffs are so friendly
      Was this review helpful? 2
      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Oct 01, 2019
    • HDFC Limited Home Loan
      "Customer friendly loan service"
      0.5 4.5/5 "Excellent!"
      HDFC was the only bank which is offering for the home loan in the area where i have purchased the house so i opted with HDFC LIMITED. I had applied the loan amount of Rs. 28 lakhs and the given interest rate is 8.5% and they charged me a processing fee of nominal one. I took the loan 3 years ago and they took 40 to 50 days to sanctioned the loan.
      Was this review helpful? 2
      , ambala
      Reviewed on Oct 01, 2019
    • Punjab National Bank Home Loan
      "Very ease to get the loan"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I took a home loan with PNB Housing Finance Ltd because the terms and conditions are very liberal at that time, I have been expecting higher loan amount for my purchase. They have fulfilled my requirements and its more than 90%. The rate of interest is little bit higher and they are not following RBI guidelines. When interest rate is increased, they have started charging more but not reduced when it got reduced.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , palakkad
      Reviewed on Sep 29, 2019
    • HDFC Limited Home Loan
      "Excellent"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I have completed my home loan with HDFC BANK before 3 years ago. I did foreclosure and that time the interest rate is not much. I bought a residential property and the loan procedure is very easy because my papers are strong and clear to proceed faster.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , madurai
      Reviewed on Sep 29, 2019
    • Bank of Baroda Home Loan
      "Good Service"
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      I have applied for Home loan directly through Bank Of Baroda and got the loan on stipulated time .This loan was upto 15 years and got the loan amount on time ,The agent gave all the required information about the loan process .I have got all the required details about the loan process and there was no drawbacks faced as well.
      Was this review helpful? 2
      , surat
      Reviewed on Sep 29, 2019
    • LIC Housing Home Loan
      "Not satisfactory"
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      I am not happy with rate of interest which was given by LIC Housing Finance. I have purchased the Flat in 2017August. The loan amount was 40L and its 15 years tenure. The processing fee is not applicable. The customer service is good. But every year, they are raising the interest rate which was not good.
      Was this review helpful? 3
      , visakhapatnam
      Reviewed on Sep 28, 2019
    • Punjab National Bank Home Loan
      "Average Banking Services"
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      Chosen the home loan from PNB housing but the charges are very high and the services are not upto the mark. Its Government undertaken organization hence i got the loan from them. They do not take so much time to deliver the loan. They have sanctioned the loan in 20 days. Their interest rate is 10.75% hence now i want to transfer the loan to some other bank.
      Was this review helpful? 5
      , new delhi
      Reviewed on Sep 24, 2019
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