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As you progress through the home buying process, the question of insurance will be raised. Here are the basic types of insurance you should know something about. Be aware that most policies contain standard exclusions and exceptions.
Homeowners Insurance covers fire, theft, certain natural disasters and personal liability if someone is injured on your property. It protects the Credit Union against the loss of the property securing your mortgage. You’ll have to prove that you have adequate homeowners coverage as a condition of obtaining a mortgage.
Several things happen behind the scenes when you buy a house. For example, we will have someone perform a title search to make sure the seller has a legal right to transfer ownership, and to see if there are liens or restrictions on the property. A lawyer, abstractor or employee of the title company does the title search.
Title insurance provides protection against financial loss in case of a defect in the title turns up at some future date. Possible defects include:
Private Mortgage Insurance
When you acquire a mortgage with less than a 20% down payment, we may require you to buy mortgage insurance. This coverage helps protect the lender in case you can’t make your payments and default on the loan. Your credit union isn’t the only beneficiary. Mortgage insurance makes it possible for people with small down payments to buy the home of their choice.
Flooding is not covered by a standard homeowners insurance policy. To determine if you need flood insurance, ask your insurance professional about the flood history in your area.
If there is a potential for flooding, you will be required to purchase a policy that covers the structure and your personal belongings.
Flood insurance can be purchased from an insurance agent or company under contract with the Federal Insurance Administration (FIA), part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Flood insurance is only available where the local government has adopted adequate flood plain management regulations under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
Owners Title Insurance
A basic owner’s title insurance policy protects you against problems with the title to your property that occurred before the date of the policy. This policy is separate from the lender’s title policy. You have to buy an owner’s title insurance policy if you want insurance against any defects in your property title that will affect your interest. Even though you may pay for lender’s title insurance, it does not specifically protect your interest.
Mortgage Life Insurance
This coverage can reduce or pay off your mortgage if you die before the loan is repaid. It generally is decreasing term life coverage. The benefit payable matches your mortgage balance. Consider your entire financial picture, not just your home, in deciding what life insurance protection you need.
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