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Decreasing Term Life Insurance vs Level Term Life Insurance

Decreasing term life insurance is is also packaged as mortgage life insurance, which is simply a decreasing term policy. We offer these types of life insurance policies.

However, we also offer superior level term life insurance policies that do not decrease in value over the life of the term and cost around the same or less than decreasing term life.

Therefore, if you looking for the best life insurance companies or no exam life insurance for mortgage protection, please give us a call.

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Mortgage Decreasing Term Life Insurance vs Level Term Life Insurance

Every few days we speak to a client who asks, “Do you sell mortgage protection life insurance?”

Our reply is something to the effect of, “Yes, we sell life insurance that will cover your mortgage and provide needed income to your family.”

You see, most people searching for mortgage life insurance have been directed to get just that—mortgage insurance. The problem is, mortgage insurance is kind of a misleading name for a product that pays the Bank and not your family.

But before I get into that, let me make an important point.

Private Mortgage Insurance

Before we get into the specifics of mortgage life insurance, let me clear the air. Mortgage protection insurance is not Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI).

PMI is required when a home buyer does not have the 20% down payment required by the lender. The PMI is insurance for the lender. If the borrower defaults on the loan the PMI allows the lender to still get paid. You and your family, however, receive nothing.

With that said, let’s take a look at mortgage life insurance. Mortgage protection life insurance has three things you need to be aware of: decreasing term, more expensive, and death benefit pays out to the lender, not your family.

About Mortgage Life Insurance

Decreasing term

A decreasing term life insurance policy works like this. Let’s say your home value is $300,000. You take out mortgage life insurance for the same amount—$300,000.

Now as the years go by you are slowly paying down the balance on your mortgage. As your mortgage balance drops, so does the death benefit. Your insurance is a decreasing term.

In other words, it is a term life insurance policy (the term would coincide with the life of your mortgage) with a decreasing face value or decreasing death benefit (the death benefit coincides with the amount you owe on your mortgage).

Therefore, if your mortgage is down to $50,000, that mortgage protection policy you have been paying on for 25 years is only worth $50,000 if you die.

In most situations, you could have bought a 30 year $300,000 level term life insurance policy for the same amount of premium. That term policy would still pay out $300,000, even though your mortgage is down to $50,000.


Life insurance mortgage protection from probably the same lender or banking institution you got your loan from is expensive.

One reason for the elevated cost is due to the policy having very little underwriting. Very little underwriting means the insurance company knows very little about your health. And when an insurance company knows very little about your health, your premium is going to be high—much higher in fact than similar fully underwritten level term life insurance.

You might hear an agent talk about the advantage of a simplified issue life insurance product like mortgage life insurance. It is easy to get, there is little to no underwriting or medical exam, and it goes in force in a very little time.

However, there are plenty of other simplified issue term and universal life insurance policies available that require no medical exam. They can be just as easy to get, just as fast, and a whole lot less expensive. And sometimes it is better to choose no exam versus taking an exam for life insurance.

Pays the Lender, not your family

Here is the real kicker. Mortgage life insurance does not send the money to your family when they need it most. Instead, the lender (i.e. the Bank) gets the money.

Now, if you are the primary bread winner, or a single parent, your family still has to figure out how it is going to come up with income replacement to pay all the other bills you left behind. This often results in your family having to sell the home your insurance just paid off, causing further emotional pain to your family.

So what is the alternative?


About Level Term Life Insurance

Level Term

Level term life insurance offers a fixed death benefit and premium for the life of the policy. In other words, your face amount stays the same.

Therefore, your death benefit on $300,000 level term life insurance is still $300,000 no matter what the balance of your mortgage is. Plus, term is going to be a whole lot more affordable.

And for those of you who are worried about the term expiring before the mortgage is paid off, 30 year term life insurance can be bought to cover the life of the mortgage.

However, often a 20 year term will suffice because in 20 years you will have moved or paid down so much of the mortgage as to not need life insurance.

Further, the money you saved buying cheap life insurance for 20 years, as opposed to 30 years, can be used to pay off the mortgage faster by allowing your to apply a larger payment to the principle of your mortgage. And the more principle you pay down, the less interest you will pay, and the faster you will pay down your mortgage.


Level term life insurance is way more affordable than mortgage decreasing term life insurance. In fact, depending on what Bank you are being offered your mortgage life insurance from, term life insurance rates may be half the price. Therefore, you can either buy twice as much term life insurance, or pay a much lower premium for level term life insurance mortgage protection.

Mortgage Life Insurance Rates

The following sample level term life insurance rates are based on a male in excellent health from A rated carriers. Rates are for informational purposes only and must be qualified for.

20 Year Term Mortgage Life Insurance Rates

Coverage Age 35 Age 40 Age 45 Age 50 Age 55
1000000 37.24 52.78 94.9 146.03 235.99
750000 30.19 43.16 74.95 115.94 186.44
500000 21.97 29.36 50.84 79.2 123.97
250000 13.97 18.18 28.88 43.31 65.44

30 Year Term Mortgage Life Insurance Rates

Coverage Age 35 Age 40 Age 45 Age 50 Age 55
1000000 70.41 102.34 165.29 259.88 497.52
750000 56.14 79.7 125.55 198.94 390.01
500000 39.27 53.95 85.55 134.35 262.63
250000 22.66 30.84 46.2 73.28 135.32

Sample mortgage life insurance rates from the following: Principal Life, Lincoln Life, North American Company, Protective Life, American National Life, Transamerica Life, Minnesota Life, Banner Life, AGLA


Pays your family, not the Bank

With level term life insurance, when you die your family gets the proceeds, not a Bank. Then your family can use the money for whatever they need the money for.

Since interest rates on homes are around 4-4.5% right now, maybe your family opts to pay off high interest rate debt or simply invest the proceeds. Maybe they choose to pay off the mortgage or maybe they move.

The point is, with term your family can choose. With mortgage protection insurance, the decision is out of your family’s hands.

Bottom line

The bottom line is this: at TermLife2Go we have numerous types of life insurance policies for virtually everyone.

Whether you need a simplified issue, no medical exam life insurance policy or a level term life insurance policy, we can get you covered.

If you have been given a quote from your lender all you need to do is give us a call and we can compare what we have to what your lender is offering. Then you get to make the final decision on what product is best for you.

About TermLife2Go

At TermLife2Go, we’re looking for lifetime customers that will recommend their friends and family to us which is why we place customer satisfaction above all else. Our goal here at TermLife2Go is to get you and your family the best possible life insurance policy available for you.

So what are you waiting for?  Just give us a call to see just what we can do for you!

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2 comments… add one
  • Tyneah C

    Trying to get mortgage insurance for my mother

    • Sounds good, just give us a call and we’ll see what your mother can qualify for.



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