Interest rate insurance policies protect policyholders from adverse changes in interest rates for those with variable rate loans or mortgages. Rate of interest insurance coverage protects the holder of a variable rate mortgage or loan from increasing interest rates. It is typically provided individually of the original borrowing and generally as an option to a remortgage onto a fixed rate.
As the insurance coverage secures just against the danger of the payments increasing since of interest rates, there is no requirement for the insurer to check the credit status of the buyer or the value of any secured property. The lack of arrangement and valuation charges bank and legal charges implies that interest rate insurance can be cheaper to offer than a remortgage. The absence of credit checks and evaluations indicates it can be made available to all holders of a variable rate loan.
As interest rate insurance secures the holder from rising interest rates, however, it does not raise their preliminary pay rate. If interest rates fall, the insurance policyholder will see an advantage in decreased payments on their home mortgage or loan when compared to a fixed-rate alternative.