What Is Homeowners Insurance?

When you buy your dream home and mortgage it - at the same time! - you’re acquiring the largest asset of your life and also your largest debt.

For your protection, there's homeowners insurance.

Homeowners insurance is an insurance policy that pays out cash when a home is damaged by weather, or fire, or other means.

Homeowners insurance is also known as hazard insurance.

Lenders require homeowners insurance on every home with a mortgage because when your home is damaged, it’s not just you who takes the loss. Your lender loses, too.

Insurance helps pay for repairs and replacements after a disaster. It restores homes to their original, full market value.

Imagine if you didn’t have insurance, and your roof sprung a leak. Could you immediately pay for repairs from your savings? How would that affect your budget?

Or, what if you delayed repairs for a few months while you built up sufficient reserves? What other damage might occur to your home because of the leak, and how might that cause your home’s value to drop?

Scenarios such as this are why mortgage lenders require home buyers to carry homeowners insurance. With insurance, repairs can be made immediately.

Homeowners insurance does more than protect your asset — it also protects your debt.

Dan Green

Dan Green

Dan Green is a former mortgage loan officer and an industry expert. He's appeared on NPR and CNBC, and in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and dozens of local newspapers. Dan has helped millions of first-time home buyers get educated on mortgages, real estate, and personal finance. Have mortgage questions? Ask Dan in the chat.

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