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Fear Not! Bankruptcy Isn't The Only Option!

Apr 5, 2008
In the past when someone got themselves in debt up to their eyeballs and saw that there was no possible way to continue in their current financial state, bankruptcy seemed to be the only solution. It did have certain advantages and would provide debt relief, but the other consequences that came along with it were not that appealing. It will take years of hard work to rebuild your credit.

Instead of bankruptcy, a lot of people who are in terrible financial difficulties are deciding to have all their bills consolidated into one. This is when you will take out one larger loan to pay off many smaller ones that you have. You will then have only one monthly payment to worry about making.

When a firm makes you a debt consolidation loan, many times they will be able to purchase your other debts at a discounted rate. This means that the creditor you owe will be completely paid off, but they may settle for less money from the consolidator in order to get most of the money owed to them instead of risking that you file bankruptcy and they end up with nothing.

In a lot of cases your home will be used as collateral for this debt consolidation. You will need to make sure that you are going to get a low interest, fixed rate before you take the debt consolidation route. People find that it may be easier to reestablish or repair their credit when they decide to consolidate the debts instead of bankruptcy.

Credit cards are often one of the main reasons that people will consolidate their debts. When their credit cards debt has gotten so big and when many cards are involved, it can seem impossible to ever get them paid off if you are only able to make the minimum payments every month. Debt consolidators can arrange a discounted payoff with credit card companies. Before you consolidate these credit card debts, see if there is anything you might work out with the credit card companies on your own. It is possible that they will also offer you a discounted payoff or find a way to stop your interest from accumulating.

In the end, debt consolidation might be the best option available for you, but always try to work out whatever you can with the creditors you owe first. If you are not able to reach any sort of solution that is going to improve your circumstances enough, then choose a debt consolidator very carefully and make sure you know exactly what you are getting into.
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Rachel Yoshida is a writer in the field of finances and is currently assisting those in need of no fax payday loans, and can help anyone get a cash advance in as little as 1 hour.
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