Things to take care of while taking home loans in case of the sudden death of the borrower

A person who does proper financial planning never falls victim to financial problems. It is necessary that while taking home loans, the borrower should have proper financial planning. The borrower should keep a sufficient amount of savings in the bank account before taking home loans. Even if an individual has a high income, the person who does proper savings and financial investments never fall short of the savings. Proper financial planning helps individuals protect themselves and their families from financial problems like sudden job loss, the sudden requirement of medical expenses, or the death of an earning family member. So the earning member of the family must keep savings instead of spending foolishly for a better tomorrow. There are various financial instruments being available for the borrowers to invest and grow their money for the betterment and financial safety of the family members. Making fixed deposits is also a better option but does not yield better than other financial instruments like stocks, mutual funds, or SIP.

Making a nominee in every investment is also essential for the financial investments being done. The borrower of the home loan should have such systematic financial planning that even in case of the sudden death of the borrower during the tenure of the loans, the house purchased for the family’s financial safety should not go away. There are many instances that whenever if the sole breadwinner of the family is lost by the family, in that case, the family members often face financial problems due to which they may have to mortgage their jewelry and also the house. Making a nominee in every financial investment helps the nominee claim the money in case of the sudden death of the investor. Also, the family members should know where the borrower has invested all the money. There should not be any unclaimed funds lying into any of the accounts that the family members would not be aware of. There are many funds being lying unclaimed with the banks, insurance companies, and other investments. It is estimated that the un-claimed funds have been amounting to Rs.83,000 crores across India, which haven’t been claimed by the persons who own it in spite of the account becoming dormant.

Things to do to take care of in case of the sudden death of the family member while Home loans have been taken

  • Take a life insurance policy to protect the family:

The home loan borrower should take a life insurance policy amounting to a higher value so that while repaying home loans if sudden death happens of the borrower, the family members should not lose their own house to the bank. Instead, whatever the amount the borrower’s family gets a life insurance amount, the life insurance company can claim the amount of the policy, and the family members can pay the pending amount from the claim settlement received from the life insurance company.

  • Make the family members aware of all the savings:

The borrower should inform their spouse about the financial investments being made and where all the money has been invested like stocks, mutual funds, EPF, PPF, insurance policy. etc. So that there should not be any un-claimed value which the family members may not be aware of & thus may not withdraw in case of the sudden death of the borrowers.

  • Keep hefty savings for the protection of the family:

The borrower should keep a sufficient amount of funds in savings in a bank account and various financial instruments for the safety of the family members. The borrower should reduce the spending carelessly while the home loans are being taken as it can help the borrower increase maximum savings from whatever the salary is being received.

  • Make maximum down-payment as far as possible:

The lender’s interest amount is high as the amount is calculated on a compounded annual basis. Thus to reduce the value of repayment, the borrower should reduce the liability on himself and try to do maximum down-payment so that in case any unfortunate incident happens in case of the borrower. In that case, there should not be any excessive burden of the repayment on the borrower’s family.

  • Do regular medical health checkups:

The borrower should do regular health checkups, especially if the borrower’s age is more than 45+ years. The early diagnostics of the health issues can help save the borrower from protecting themselves from the dangerous health problems internally and can cure more early. Late diagnostics of the health problems can cause many complications in the treatment, and chances of being fatal increase.

The above points should be taken care-off while taking home loans to protect the family members from unfortunate incidents. The borrowers should try to make maximum savings and reduce unnecessary expenses while taking loans. Proper financial planning can help the borrower protect the family from facing any financial issues and also protect the purchased home.