MRTA insurance covers the policyholder during the term of the policy by paying off any outstanding mortgage payments that the policyholder’s spouse may be left with.
Some MRTA policies, such as Prudential’s PRUmortgage that is distributed through SCBSL, also offer the option of adding cover against total and permanent disability until the policyholder turns 70.
The key difference between MRTA and other types of insurance policies relates to the sum assured. Most insurance policies typically set a pre-determined sum assured at the start of the policy term and that remains the same throughout the term of the policy.
In the case of an MRTA, the sum assured can be set at an amount up to the mortgage loan amount at the time the policy is purchased. However, MRTAs are decreasing term policies, which means the sum assured reduces yearly. The rate at which it reduces usually depends on the mortgage interest rate that is determined at the onset of the policy.
This generally means that there is no cash value at the end of a policy term, as opposed to most other endowment or whole life policies that might have cash value at maturity.
The obvious benefit is that MRTA protects your family from losing their home. But there are additional benefits that different plans offer — think of these as benefits that make a particular plan more attractive.
For example, PRUmortgage offers flexible terms of 10 to 35 years with a choice of interest rates that range from one to seven per cent. Also, you may not have to undergo a medical examination if the policy is taken up within three months from the mortgage loan and for a sum assured of under S$1 million.
Also, an Accelerated Terminal Illness or Disability Benefit Advance may be paid out if the policyholder becomes totally or permanently disabled, or is diagnosed with a terminal illness. Once this amount is paid out, the sum assured for death will usually be reduced accordingly.
PRUmortgage also offers joint-life (for a couple) or single-life policies. There may be a premium discount available if you purchase as a joint-life policy.
There may be some standard exclusions depending on the terms of your particular MRTA policy.
These exclusions may include things like a pre-existing terminal illness, self-inflicted injuries, AIDS, AIDS-related complex, pregnancy or any related complication, participating in hazardous activities, any aerial activity, competitive or professional sports, and the improper use of alcohol.
Any exclusions that apply to your specific MRTA should be listed in your policy document. Read it carefully and make sure you understand any and all exclusions.
In Singapore, you can generally apply for an MRTA directly with the insurance company or through a banking institution, which offers insurance solutions to its clients.
Policyholders will need to file a claim directly with the insurer; the claims process tends to differ slightly between insurers.
Taking out a mortgage protection policy will offer you the peace of mind of knowing that in case of a terminal illness or death, your loved ones won’t lose the family home. You can find out more about mortgage protection insurance distributed through SCBSL here.
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