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Tips For A First Time Debt Consolidation

Aug 2, 2008
Anything related to loans is going to be a risky process, especially if it's the borrower we are talking about. But the debt consolidation process in particular shouldn't be feared, or even avoided. Under proper conditions, it can do wonders for the right household.

An average debt consolidation loan may span up to 30 years or more. Some lenders will try to lie to borrowers and claim that the average loan will take 30 years and mention they are saving them decades in debt, but in reality, most debt consolidation loans won't have to stretch any longer than a few years. This depends on one's situation, however, yet consumers should stay open minded on their options.

Lenders are always eager to sign on new clients so that they can siphon profits from the debts each month in the form of interest rates. This is just good business practice on their part, but what isn't good practice is the methods that they forego in order to get new business. It may be common to see a rate advertised lower than other lenders- but look into the contract and consumers will likely see clauses that state a price hike will come after the first year or so.

It can't be stressed enough that a debt consolidation loan is a perfect example of a budget gone wrong. Whatever the case, the budget of a consumer fell through somewhere, and now they are turning to lenders for help in their woes. Opting for debt consolidation isn't the only step- the borrower needs to change their budget too! Consult credit counseling services for more information- sometimes government programs give advice for free!

Those who opt for a debt consolidation for the first time will want to make sure they review the contract thoroughly so as to ensure they aren't getting two-timed. Predators in the lending industry love to put in hidden fees- such as the case in the low interest rate debt consolidation loans we previously discussed. Asking for help may be required, in which case a legal consultant should be informed of the situation.

Defaulting on a debt consolidation loan is going to be the worst thing that can happen to the borrower. Likewise, they should do everything in their power to avoid this decision. If the credit counselor for the lender wants to demand higher payments each month, but it isn't required, look into keep payments low enough to keep things safe. After all, one can always pay more each month should they need to.

Final Thoughts

A lender is looking to make a profit just like anyone else who offers a product or service. They aren't completely trustworthy, so always check the contract and shop around before ultimately deciding on a final lending agreement. If all else fails, credit counselors are available for free help where applicable.
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