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Debt Consolidation - Your Options And The Facts

Aug 17, 2007
Debt consolidation is becoming a very popular method to get debt under control. Many people find themselves with numerous debts to numerous creditors.

When this happens a person is paying out interest to each lender on each account, which can really add up. It take years to pay down debts individually. This is where debt consolidation helps.

Debt consolidation is getting a single loan which you use to pay all your debts off. Then you have one loan payment to one lender. It simplifies things and also may reduce the amount of interest you are paying.

The key is to find a debt consolidation loan with the lowest possible interest rate. In most cases the debt consolidation loan will be a secured loan. This means you will have to offer collateral for the loan.

When getting a debt consolidation loan there are many things to consider. If you are using it for credit cards it can be a great way to reduce interest charges. However, if you are still using the credit card you will be likely to just run up the bill again and be stuck in the same situation.

It is very important to spend only what you can pay back to avoid more problems when it comes to credit cards. With other types of debt you should weigh your options and see if a debt consolidation loan is really the best choice. Look at the terms of the debt consolidation loan to make sure you will not be paying more in the long run.

Some things to consider before getting a debt consolidation loan are as follows:

- Find out how much money will be saved each month by getting the loan. If you are not going to be saving or if you are going to end up paying more each month, then it probably is not a good idea.

- Look at the length of time left on each debt. If you only have a couple months left to pay on some debts then it would probably not be in your best interest to consolidate them. Consolidating will extend the length of time you will pay. It would be easier to pay off those debts and consolidate only the ones with a long length of time left.

- Check into how much the debt consolidation loan will cost you total and compare that to how much your debts are going to cost you. You should save with the consolidation or it may not be worth it.

Basically when it comes to debt consolidation you have to think smart. It may seem great to consolidate to get one bill every month instead of numerous bills.

You may save money up front each month, but overall you have to look out for what is good in the long run. Dont be too quick to consolidate if you will not benefit in the end, you do need to look at the bigger picture.

For example taking out a secured loan could really slash your monthly payments and provide a quick fix, but in the long run you may well be paying back a lot more.

That said however a secured loan could be a quick solution, as you can pay off the loan when you come to remortgage. This is great because secured loans have very small early repayment charges. You have many options, so make sure that that you study each one carefully.
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James Copper writes on all areas of finance and debt. He works for Any Loans who help borrowers find the most suitable debt consolidation loan or a secured loan.
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