Does homeowners insurance pay off your mortgage if the house is lost?

Homeowners Insurance and Total Loss.

It all depends on what type of coverage you have. If you have replacement coverage, The insurance will pay to rebuild your house so your mortgage continues as usual. If you are not rebuilding then it will pay your mortgage within policy limits. So it is important that you have adequate coverage on your policy.

If your not rebuilding, the insurance company will generally pay the Mortgage Company first before any remaining money is disbursed to the home buyer. Usually the check is issued with both the buyer and the mortgage company as payees. You must however continue to make your monthly mortgage payment until the insurance settlement comes through. If you miss monthly payments you can wreck your credit just when you need it most.

You usually will not need to pay off the mortgage yourself. The check is issued to you and the company. You send it into them, they sign off on it and send it back to you. You then endorse it to pay the contractor to keep building your new home. Meanwhile, you keep paying your mortgage. The mortgagee is only listed on the policy so they are notified if the policy is canceled so they can force place coverage on the policy because they have an insurable interest.

You have the OPTION of paying it off and taking out a new mortgage to build a new home with whatever you have left over or whatever you can afford with that new mortgage.