Debt Consolidation: Good Credit VS Bad Credit

By: Paras Shah

Maybe you had college fees to pay, got divorced, lost your job or have a large medical or legal bill to pay.

Even if there was no single, major event that caused your situation, it is all too easy to use a credit card for day to day expenses until your monthly paycheck comes in. Maybe you took out loans in order to pay for the amounts on the credit cards and found that you could not pay back the lender. Eventually you ran out of avenues to obtain further credit, and you have not managed to pay back what you owe. If you are unable to pay your utilities you could be disconnected; non payment of taxes and you could face imprisonment.

This situation can be aggravated by multiple demands, harassment, and increasingly threatening communications from lenders for repayments. All the while the money is outstanding, you will be having interest and late payment charges added to the total, multiplied by all these people you owe. You will find that obtaining credit is more and more difficult until your credit rating is so bad that you cannot gain funds from anywhere.

If you have defaulted on a mortgage or other loan secured on your home, you and your family could become homeless adding more stress and worry to your situation.

If you benefit from receiving a regular income, then a debt consolidation loan is designed to help you get out of this downward spiral. The loaned sum is enough to settle with all the people requesting payment such as medical fees, attorney’s fees, and college fees, federal state or local tax demands and those debts are then settled outright. Angry communications will stop. You now only have to deal with one person or organization that has agreed to consolidate your credit card debt, and you have one simple payment every month.

Debt consolidation loans are designed so that you have payments, which you know you can afford over a term which you can support. The interest rate and length of term over which your debt consolidation depends on the individual lender and what you negotiate with them. Once agreed, the term and interest rate are usually fixed which will help you plan your other finances around this predictable monthly payment. A longer term will mean that you pay more interest in the long run. If you add up the late payment penalties and the high interest charges (credit cards companies usually apply stringent interest and penalties for late payment) you will find that a debt consolidation loan is far cheaper, and far less stressfulFind Article, than juggling multiple lenders or risking personal bankruptcy.

Once you have taken the decision to consolidate your debt you can begin to repair your credit rating. A debt consolidation loan could well be the answer to your problems if you are in this situation. Make sure you check with a professional financial advisor to see if you are entitled to any concessions or tax breaks.

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