Save your Credit With Debt Consolidation

By: Gregg Pennington

A lot of people are having debt problems these days, and the problem does not just affect lower income people. In some areas, home foreclosures are occurring at an unprecedented rate, and people who have always had excellent credit now find themselves unable to keep up the payments on all the debt they have incurred.

Although debt problems are complex and can take many different forms, many people find themselves in trouble from irresponsible use of credit cards. Lenders bombard consumers on a daily basis, whether on tv, through the mail, or by email with "special offers" for people opening a new account. Then, they offer incentive programs to reward those who spend a certain amount of money with their credit card or line of credit.

Some debt problems are simply unavoidable. Cars break down, major appliances fail, and home repairs must be done. Debt, especially with higher interest credit cards, can add up quickly. If your debt grows to the point that you can only afford to make the minimum monthly payments, you will almost certainly find yourself in financial trouble. Before late payments cause you to fear answering your phone, you should explore debt consolidation.

Debt consolidation involves paying off multiple debts and consolidating them into one larger loan. Ideally you will want to get a lower interest rate on the consolidation loan than on your current debt, but even if you cannot, the payoff time on the debt consolidation loan will normally be longer than the time left on your current debts, so you will still be able to lower your monthly payments considerably.

The good news is that even with poor credit you may still qualify for a debt consolidation loan. You will pay a higher interest rate than would someone with immaculate credit, but if you are consolidating high interest debts, the interest rate on your new loan will probably be lower anyway.

If you happen to own a home, you have another form of debt consolidation available to you. Leveraging the equity in your home is excellent way to consolidate your debts and get a lower interest rate if your credit is less than perfect. You can choose to refinance your mortgage or apply for a home equity loan. The catch is that if you fail to make timely payments on your loan you will be at risk of losing your home to foreclosure.

An alternative to a debt consolidation loan is to contact your individual creditors and explain that you are having difficulty making your payments. More often than not they will be willing to work with you and help work out a payment plan that you can afford. Lenders would prefer to accommodate customers who are sincerely interested in repaying their debt, than having to resort to costly collection fees and possible legal action.

If contacting your creditors is disagreeable to you, many reputable credit counseling firms will be glad to take over this task for a fee. They are professionals who deal with creditors every day, and they are often capable of getting the interest rate reduced, or the interest on the debt completely eliminated. Be sure to check the company's reliability report with the Better Business Bureau.

It is better to deal with debt problems in the early stages, before your credit has been damaged, or worse, you face bankruptcy. Debt consolidation is a practical way to simplify debt repayment, save money, and prevent financial disaster.

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