A debt consolidation loan is a loan that is normally secured on your property. Such a loan will typically enable you to pay off all your debts, leaving you with only one loan to repay. This not only saves you money but can also benefit your credit rating.
With that said, a consolidation loan must still be viewed as a serious step and close-to-last resort rather than a casual means of attacking a non-urgent financial situation.
The following are a few means of consolidating your debts.
Combine Them Together
By doing this you will know exactly how much you owe in total. This will also make paying them back easier since you know how much you need to borrow. Taking this step will also make your debts easier to control since it will reduce your monthly payments to one.
Alternative Interest Rates
Every credit card has a different interest rate, and these can vary wildly from under 10% to well over 20%. It is a good – no, a great - idea to compare cards and loan rates; you could save yourself a lot of money in the long run.
Visit a Lender
Seek the advice of a lender and see if they can help you. There should be no shortage of lenders in your local phone directory; or alternatively, you can ask a real estate agent to recommend one. You might even prefer to check online for a lender with an honest reputation.
Your Best Available Option
There are many different loan types, rates, payment lengths, loan amounts, etc. With all those options, it is still up to you to select a loan type that will be the best overall fit for your financial circumstances. Once you determine the equity in your home and your means of repayment, use this valuable knowledge to help you make the best decision.
As a side note, be aware that interest paid on loans and credit cards is not tax deductible.
Apply, but Read the Small Print
Make sure you have filled the correct application forms and provided the required information to the lender you select.
You will need to provide all the information available from your credit card payments in order for those debts to be properly paid off and have them put to rest. Unfortunately, this process could take 3-4 weeks, so be patient.
By using debt consolidation you will be able to significantly reduce the total and monthly amounts you owe. However you must be diligent keep up your repayments or you could stumble into a worse position than when you took out your loan.