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What Is Debt Consolidation?

Oct 13, 2007
Debt consolidation is one of the best answers for borrowers who have too many debts to pay. Consolidation is often the first step that should be considered by someone looking to deal with their debt problem, as it is seen as making the overall debt easier to handle.

Debt consolidation is taking out one loan to pay off others. Restructuring your existing debt with your those you owe money to, it gives you a solution for lowering interest rates on bills, reducing monthly payment obligations or even just to simplify your finances. Debt consolidation is NOT a loan, and it does not require you to take out a second mortgage on your home.

If you are finding it hard to keep up with your monthly payments and are losing track of when your bills are due, or if you find that at the end of each month your monthly income no longer covers all your expenses, then you may want to consider consolidating your debt. Through debt consolidation, you can combine all your loans and other debts into one single payment, making it easier to keep track and hopefully end up costing you less.

Debt consolidation is usually undertaken via an unsecured loan, which means that the lender requires no security and that the lender trusts that you will honor the commitment. When your lenders start complaining about your delayed loan payments, and when you start feeling that you are paying back too much interest, its time for you to think seriously about a debt consolidation loan program. These are the warning bells of when your debt starts to overtake you.

Many different lenders in the market offer debt consolidation loans to people looking for this kind of financial help and a number of plans can be offered to you. If a borrower does not have to apply for and obtain a larger sum of loan money, then the best option is to opt for an unsecured debt consolidation loan. The mode of payment can be decided mutually leading you to an easy way of lessening your debt burden and moving towards financial independence. The amount you need, your credit rating, your monthly income and ability to pay, the perceived risk to the loan company and whether the loan is secured or unsecured will affect the terms of the debt consolidation program.

With credit card costs and interests rates constantly changing for the worse, more and more people are increasingly concerned about their level of debt. A lot of people owe money on credit cards and with the current increased rate in bankruptcy declarations, most people would prefer to start sorting out their debt consolidation problems sooner, rather than be forced into it later.

Shopping around for the best deal should allow you to reduce the interest rate on your debt consolidation loan. As long as you remove your credit cards from your wallet, (even better if you cut them up), you will see your level of debt gradually decrease month by month.

Debt consolidation is one step in realizing that you have problems that have to be taken care of before its too late. One of the things you should determine before you research the world of debt consolidation is how much you owe on all your existing loans, together with the current interest rates. Debt may be one frightening thing but debt consolidation is a solution to help keep the nightmares at bay.

Before you go out and start searching for a consolidation loan there are a few things that you will want to think about. Taking up a debt consolidation loan becomes a little easier if you have the ownership of any major assets such as a car, house, shares, etc. A wide range of consolidation loans are available from your regular banks, credit unions, online banks, as well as from supermarkets or general finance firms. My advice would be to talk to your own bank first (they know you best) before trying the wider market.
About the Author
Sharron Nixon is a 44 year old mother of 3 who lives in New Zealand. Check out Sharron's website:
www.sharronnixon.com/debt-consolidation to find out what debt consolidation is, and whether its something you should consider.
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