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Debt Consolidation Explained

Aug 17, 2007
The aim of debt consolidation is to allow you to pay off your debts and have lower monthly payments. Therefore, detailed research is necessary to ensure the lowest interest rate is obtained. This is because lowering the rate means the loan costs less. This saves money and allows the loan to be paid off sooner.

If you own your own home you have an advantage over those who do not. This is because you can apply for a debt consolidation loan and use the equity in your home as security. If you refinance in this way you are more likely to get approval and get a lower rate of interest. You must be disciplined though. For this method to work you must pay off your other debts with the money from the new loan. You should only use your home as collateral if you intend to make the payments on your new loan.

If you are paying a number of loans at once such as credit cards and unsecured personal loans then a debt consolidation loan may be the answer for you. The debt consolidation process combines all the loans into one loan. This means you only have one monthly statement meaning only one monthly payment. It can be hard keeping track of all your loan payments each month. With debt consolidation, this means you will only have one payment. The process is normally a good option but the downside is the debt consolidation loan is normally over a longer period of time and so the overall cost is often higher.

It may seem a bit odd to be talking about refinancing as a way of debt negation but to be honest taking out a debt consolidation loan is one way where you can renegotiate the terms of your loans. It is not the only way though. Most lenders are often open to the possibility of renegotiating your loan as a way of reducing the risk of default. A debt consolidation loan is not the only way forward.

You can refinance your mortgage or get a second mortgage as a means of debt consolidation. Whether or not you can get a second mortgage for debt consolidation depends on how much equity you have. You are not likely to get a second mortgage if you do not have any equity. A debt consolidation loan does not have to be secured on your home but you are normally able to get a lower inter rate if the debt consolidation loan is secured.
About the Author
Shelley Green is the owner of http://www.mortgages-click.com, a site that specializes in Mortgages. Shelley Green is also the owner of Loans Click and Refinance Click.
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