Planning to Take A Home Equity Insurance? The Do’s and Don’ts Of It

Perhaps you want to fund expensive expenses such as your children’s college education, or you are suddenly faced with large and unexpected medical bills, or you want to make major home improvements or repairs. A great way to get money is to choose a home insurance. Depending on your credit history and the insurance-to-value ratio of your property, you can get a secure and comfortable insurance against your home.

What are real estate insurances?

These are insurances obtained using the borrower’s home equity or market value as collateral. Equity is calculated using the difference between the market value and the outstanding mortgage balance.

Home buying insurances have recently made a comeback somewhat after many years of a lean market. For those with a good credit rating, the rates are lower than other forms of borrowing such as personal/auto insurances or credit cards.


Real estate purchase insurances may be easy to obtain if you meet the eligibility criteria and make financial sense if you have equity, but there are many inherent risks:

• Variable or variable interest rates – they can always go up in the future

• It’s very easy to spend it – you may end up with ‘buyer’s remorse’ after squandering on a bunch of unnecessary things

• Full repayment – if you are not a financial expert and maintain tight control, you may find yourself in trouble at the end of the insurance term

• Loss of property – defaulting leads to foreclosure and you could lose your home itself

This is why exploiting the value of your home can be very risky if you take out a home purchase insurance without fully understanding the process and its ramifications.

What to do and what not to do

Protect yourself and your family by educating yourself well before you start taking out a home insurance. Waiting can be a disaster if you are not aware of the ramifications and repercussions.

Here are some pointers to keep in mind:

I do

• Remember that it is still a form of mortgage

• Keep accurate records of all payments and charges including billing statements, bank records, canceled checks, etc. so you can challenge inaccuracies with solid proof.

• Read the insurance contract very carefully

• Never engage unlicensed contractors to do work in your home

• Use the insurance amount to make real improvements to your home or any specific purpose you took the insurance for

• The insurance amount can be used to overcome unexpected events / crises if you do not have an emergency fund

• It can be used to build a retirement egg nest

• Check if tax benefits or deductions are available

don’t do

• It’s tempting, but never use a capital insurance to buy a bigger house to buy a TV, boats, cars, cruises, vacations, etc.

• If you plan to sell your home soon, avoid getting a home insurance

• Don’t take out an unnecessarily large insurance – make it realistic. If the market goes down, you may be stuck in a massive payout situation

• Don’t get pressured by intense marketing tactics – educate yourself and inform yourself

• Consult your family before getting a insurance

• Never sign documents that contain blank spaces or a document that you have not read well and do not understand

• If necessary, have documents checked by an expert

• Assess your ability to pay and judge whether you really can

Today, interest rates are at historic lows and the economy is on the mend. Many property owners are considering getting a home insurance and it is indeed a great option if you have the credit rating and eligibility. In addition, if you also thoroughly evaluate the risks and benefits, get in touch with a reliable, well-known and reputable institution or organization and do your research well.