Plus: Most Haven Life customers are in our best price range, which means they pay our cheapest monthly premium. Here's why and why it may not be the case with other carriers.
Today is the best day to apply for life insurance. There is no opinion. It is a fact.
Here we explain: You are younger today than you will be tomorrow. And there is never a better time to buy life insurance coverage than when you are young and healthy. This is because insurers tend to charge you a lower monthly premium, in theory that you will pay those premiums years, even decades, into the future. You get a low interest rate, the insurers get a customer with low risk and everyone wins. Sounds simple, and it is. But before you compete to get a lot of quotes for coverage, there is something you should know.
Not all life insurance rates are created equal.
A quote is an estimate of how much you will pay for coverage, aka your final interest or premium. But a premium, determined by an interest rate class and … okay, it looks like we might lose you. Let's back up.
Every insurer uses so-called life insurance classes – basically groups of policyholders who have a similar risk. And even if you think that being young and healthy would automatically place you in the best class, it turns out that the criteria for the best class vary greatly from insurer to insurer. Some may have stricter rules regarding, for example, the use of marijuana. Some may have different definitions of healthy – some may use body mass index, for example, while others rely on a different set of statistics.
So just because you are a short-lived member of Ultra Preferred Super Elite Extra Special Status on Carrier A does not mean that you will be considered the same with Carrier B. Each insurer uses different actuarial formulas and algorithms to assess a potential customer, and that the information is patent-protected information that they do not want to disclose. A trade secret, if you will.
But in a spirit of openness, let's break down how this works on Haven Life so you can use this information to help you buy the best coverage, at the best price, for you.  In this article:
What are life insurance classes and how do they work?
You're completely unique (unless you're a triplet or something). But there are limits to how familiar your insurance company can become with your unique characteristics. An insurance company gets a broad picture of your health – including your age, hobbies, medical history and any problems that may arise during a life insurance medical examination – and then places you in a group with other individuals with similar levels of risk. These groups are called interest classes, because they are used to set your interest rate (also known as your monthly premium payment) for your life insurance. Think of interest rate classes that exist in a spectrum, from high risk to low risk. The higher your risk, the higher your premium payment. The lower the risk, the lower the premium.
Again, every insurer does this differently. (This is what keeps the actuaries in business.) Just because you are in a good (low risk) interest rate class for one insurance company, does not mean you will be in the best interest rate class with another.
For example, the Haven Term policy uses a total of five class classes. The best of these is called Ultra Preferred Non-Tobacco. If you are young and healthy, there is a good chance that you will fit into this class and pay our lowest price for coverage. As of March 2021, the majority of current Haven Term policyholders, approximately 60%, belong to UPNT's interest rate class. health and how much coverage you need, your life insurance shopping trip can continue to get some quote for an estimate of the price. But what about class class for your life insurance? Lack of applying for life insurance four different times, how can you get an idea of what price range you can fit into and how strict the carrier's guidelines for insurance are? Ultimately, this answer will determine how likely it is that your quote will match your final price.
As with so much in life, at least in grades K to 12, it starts with doing your homework. Before you apply for life insurance coverage, pick up the phone (or click "write email") and ask the agency you are considering applying through how many get the best price. They may not want to tell you, or they may not be able to tell you, but file this under "Do not hurt to ask." If
If you ask Haven Life, we would tell you that in a survey of Haven Term applicants between December 2020 and March 2021, 70% said that their final offer either matched or was cheaper than their quote.
Now that you're an official "smart life insurance dealer" (there really should be a brand for it), get a quote, ask some questions and find yourself coverage with confidence.
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Haven Life is a customer-centric life insurance agency that is supported and wholly owned by the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual). We believe that navigating life insurance decisions, your personal finances and your general health can be refreshingly easy.
Our content is created for educational purposes only. Haven Life does not support the companies, products, services or strategies discussed here, but we hope they can make your life a little less difficult if they suit your situation.
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Haven Term is a term Life Insurance Insurance (DTC and ICC17DTC in certain states, including NC) issued by Massachusetts Mutual. Life Insurance Company (MassMutual), Springfield, MA 01111-0001 and offered exclusively through Haven Life Insurance Agency, LLC. In NY, Haven Term is DTC-NY 1017. In CA, Haven Term is DTC-CA 042017. Haven Term Simplified is a Simplified Life Insurance Issue (ICC19PCM-SI 0819 in certain states, including NC) issued by C.M. Life Insurance Companies, Enfield, CT 06082. Numbers and functions for insurance forms and riders may vary by state and may not be available in all states. Our California agency license number is OK71922 and in Arkansas 100139527.
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