Debt Consolidation Loans
Having many loans and debts running in parallel cannot only be overwhelming but also financially destructive. If you are in such a situation a good solution is to gather the different debts into a single one that has an affordable monthly payment. This is also called a debt consolidation loan.
When is a Debt consolidation loan a good solution?
If you have a steady income and a good credit history and you can afford the proposed monthly payments then this might be a good solution for you. However, if you are struggling with many unsecured debts it may be hard to prove that you have a good rating.
Which individuals are eligible for a debt consolidation loan?
Here are some of the criteria you must meet in order to qualify for a Debt consolidation loan:
You must have a steady job and income to prove and make sure that you can pay the installments.
Have overall financial stability so that you can afford to pay your debt instalment even in the event of unexpected circumstances such as health deterioration or a change in the economy.
Your credit rating must be positive
This is your first consolidated a debt
It might be possible to secure a Debt consolidation loan even if your credit rating is poor. This can be the case if you are the owner of your home. Make sure though to not put your home at risk of repossession in the event that you might not be able to make the payments.
Can you receive a Debt Consolidation Loan?
In any case, Debt consolidation loans are given to individuals by analyzing each case separately based on the documentation provided to the creditors and the specific lending criteria each creditor has.
If you are struggling with your debts it is absolutely crucial to get some professional advice from a debt expert before you move forward with a Debt consolidation loan. This will help you make the best decision for you and your family.
Debt consolidation loans have both advantages and disadvantages which you should consider together with your debt advisor.
Advantages of a debt consolidation loan
Manageable payments of all your debts in a single instalment paid monthly and which is affordable to you
Consolidation loans are not recorded on a public insolvency register as they are an informal solution
It gives you a longer time frame to repay your debts.
The total amount you will repay each month will now be lower and within your current financial capabilities.
A positive impact on your credit rating and your credit history but only if you manage to make all the monthly payments on time as agreed
Disadvantages of a debt consolidation loan
There is no writing off of your debt or forgiveness which means you have to repay everything in full including interest
Debt consolidation loans are hard to obtain in the case that you have a poor credit history.
The interest rates might change over time.
The total amount you will repay will be larger as the total loan is repaid for a longer period of time adding up more interest.
Your property will be at risk if you fail to make any payments and legal action can be taken against you.
What process should you follow to get a Debt consolidation loan?
There are some common steps and actions to obtain a Debt consolidation loan and eventually become debt-free. However, keep in mind that each case is different and will be evaluated by the advisor and the loan provider separately.
To begin with, it is important that you search and negotiate for the best deal.
There are many companies offering consolidation loans. You can compare their terms and conditions, interest rates and decide what is best for you.
The second step is the application process
After having compared all the available options you might want to decide which is the best provider for your Debt consolidation loan and proceed with the application process. Proof of your financial situation (such as income, salary, real estate owned) will be needed to show the creditor your ability to pay off your debt. Your credit history and score will also be taken into consideration.
Next step is to repay the smaller debts with the new debt consolidation loan
If your application is approved and you receive the loan, the next step is to distribute it between your existing creditors. Here you might even opt for a debt settlement offer since you are paying off the debt all at once.
The final step is to begin paying your installments for your Debt consolidation loan
Make sure you are making your monthly payments on time not only to manage to clear your debt but also to obtain a positive credit score.