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Get the Best Deal on a Consolidation Loan

A debt consolidation loan is always the best idea when you cannot keep up with paying multiple credit bills. It can be described as an express loan of a higher amount which can be used to pay off multiple personal debts. It reduces your number of monthly payments and lowers interest rates.

Top Tips to Help You Get the Consolidation Loan You Need

Here is a look at some ideas that can help you get the best deal.

Decide on the Loan Type

When you decide to take on a debt consolidation loan it's not like you are getting out of debt. Actually, you are getting into more debt but more conveniently. You are shuffling your debt around so that you can pay it off.

There are various types of consolidation loans.

  • Personal Loan

There are two types of personal loans: secured and unsecured loans.

A secured personal loan means that you have to put out collateral when you are taking the consolidation loan. Collateral can be a home or a car, etc.

If you are unable to pay off your loan then the lender will repossess your property. Such a loan has lower interest and greater borrowing power.

Unsecured loans, on the other hand, require no collateral but are based on your credit score. If you have bad credit you might get approved or not. If you do get approved you’ll have to pay a high interest rate.

  • Home Equity

Your home can always be put up as collateral if you are looking to get a consolidation loan approved. And you should have some sort of equity in it, to be able to qualify for this loan.

The interest rates are a bit lower but you risk losing your home. Therefore it is not always the best idea to use your home as equity.

  • Know How Much You Need to Borrow

When you decide to take a consolidation loan it means you have to borrow enough money to pay off your multiple personal debts. Therefore you should crunch your numbers and determine what is the total amount of your multiple debts.

Most lenders have a limit to how much you can borrow. This will depend on several factors like creditworthiness and financial health.

If you get approved you have to be decisive as to the amount you will need. A lender will typically give you the largest offer because it will be beneficial to him in the long run. Once you know the total of your multiple debt you will have a realistic figure of how much you need.

  • Have Good Credit

Your credit score is the most important factor which will determine whether your consolidation loan gets approved or not. Before applying for a loan it is always a good idea to check your credit score.

You can check your score once a year so that you are aware of the information. There are times when the score has inaccurate information which could limit your chances of getting a loan.

If you have a good credit score you get to enjoy the benefits of leading a stress free life. Here is a look at some of the benefits of a good credit score.

- Better chances of having loans approved

-Enjoy lower interest rates

- More leverage to negotiate your loan and interest rates

- Easier approval for higher loan limits

  • Find the Right Consolidation Company

Lenders have one thing in common: they all want to give you a loan. However, there has been a rise in the number of scams out there. You can easily be fooled.

Always borrow from a legitimate bank or a credit union. This means you have to shop around and do your homework.

Choose a lender who is likely to approve your loan quickly. But don’t jump at the first offer. Always be sure to review the terms of payment and determine if you can keep up with them.

Tip: A debt consolidation loan makes payments easier. However, there are risks involved. For instance, you might choose a loan which has a higher interest than your multiple personal loans. This is where you must be decisive. You don’t want to make payments for the rest of your life.

Choose a loan which you will be able to afford and has the lowest possible interest rate.

This article does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the editors or management of EconoTimes

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