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Consolidate Your Bills with a Low Interest Rate Loan

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If you're in trouble managing multiple bills, you can consolidate them into a single loan payable at a low interest rate. Debt consolidation loans are available as unsecured personal loans and secured loans or mortgages.If you want to know what a debt consolidation loan is all about, check out the topics given below:

What is a debt consolidation loan?

It is a loan that consolidates multiple unsecured debts into one easy, monthly payment. Once the banks and financial institutions approve your unsecured or secured loan (debt consolidation loans are available as unsecured personal loans and secured loans or mortgages) at a lower interest rate, you can start repaying all of your bills. So, once your bills are paid, you'll only be required to make one low monthly payment on the consolidation loan.

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When should you consider a debt consolidation loan?

  • If you cannot stay current on your bill payments.
  • If you'd like to replace all of your bills into one easy monthly payment.
  • If you'd like to save money after making monthly bill payments.
  • If you find it difficult to deal with several creditors at a time.
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What are the advantages of an unsecured debt consolidation loan?

An unsecured debt consolidation loan has 6 potential 6 benefits:

  1. Consolidate bills: Using debt consolidation loans, you can pay off all or most of your unsecured bills (credit cards, payday loans, medical bills etc) at once. You're then left with a single loan payment, which you'll repay through an affordable payment plan.
  2. Reduce stress: Paying off multiple bills using a single debt consolidation loan reduces your stress level and helps you to avoid dealing with several creditors at one time.
  3. Eliminate collection calls: Having paid off your bills and unsecured debt with your consolidation loan, you can avoid harassing calls/ letters from creditors and collection agencies.
  4. Low interest rate: These loans are often available at rates lower interest rates than your credit cards. so your monthly payments will be lower than most of your current bill payments.
  5. Long term loan: Low debt consolidation loans (low interest consolidation loans) are usually available for a longer term than regular loans. Low rates and longer term are the 2 reasons why the monthly payments on a consolidation loan are comparatively lower.
  6. Budgeting gets easier: Unsecured debt consolidation loans help you replace several bills with one easy manageable payment which makes budgeting easier.
  7. Credit score: When you pay off your debts with a single debt consolidation loan, it may have a positive impact on your credit.
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How do you choose the right consolidation loan?

Given below are 3 tips to help you choose the right debt consolidation loan.

  1. Shop around: Shop around with a number of financial institutions prior to choosing a low interest rate consolidation loan. The interest rates on the loans will vary. As such, you need to find which company requires you to pay the least monthly installment on your loan. If possible, try and negotiate a better rate with the companies. Check the company profile and service background also.
  2. Watch out for the costs: Before you sign on any document, make sure you're aware of the loan costs you'll have to pay. Be sure the company to breaks down the costs of taking out a consolidation loan.
  3. Add up interest and fees: Calculate the monthly payments, interest and charges on your existing bills. Then compare the figure with what you need to pay for the low debt consolidation loan. Make sure your monthly payment on the consolidation loan is less than your current bill payments.
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How do you qualify for the loan?

You need to have a good credit score and income in order to qualify for unsecured debt consolidation loans. The purpose is to make sure that you can make payments on the consolidation loan in addition to repaying your monthly bills and expenses. Moreover, you won't get such a loan if the total amount you owe is too low.

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How much does it cost to take out the loan?

There may be fees associated with taking out a debt consolidation loans. It depends upon the financial institution that offers the loan. Normally, the interest rates on the consolidation loans are lower than that of your credit cards. However, some financial companies charge extremely high rates on the loans. It is always better to take out a loan from a financial institution that charges low interest rates on the loans.

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What should you check before applying for a loan?

Here are the 4 things you need to check before you apply for a consumer debt consolidation loan.

  1. Check your credit report: Your credit report will help you identify financial/credit problems that can be eliminated using low debt consolidation loans.
  2. Total amount due: You need to calculate the total amount you owe. This is essential as it will help you decide how large of a consolidation loan to take out in order to pay off your dues.
  3. Type of bills: First, decide which of your bills (credit cards, payday loans, etc) you'll pay off using the consolidation loan. You do not want to include bills with lower interest rates than the loan. You can manage those bills separately.
  4. Plan a budget: You need to work out a monthly budget and find out what amount you can pay towards the consolidation loan on a monthly basis. You should apply for a consolidation loan that's affordable.
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What are the disadvantages of a consolidation loan?

Usually, unsecured debt consolidation loans involve a longer repayment term. So, even if your monthly payment is low, you actually end up paying much more in total interest throughout the term of the loan. Moreover, unsecured debt consolidation loan doesn't provide you with any tax benefit. This is because the interest on a personal loan is not tax deductible.

Low interest rate debt consolidation loans can help you to consolidate all your debts into a single manageable payment. On one hand, it helps to bring your finances back on track while on the other hand, it may also create a positive impact on your credit. However, if you don't qualify for a debt consolidation loan, you may want to consider an alternate consolidation program as the way out of your debt problems.

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