Consolidation loans are a popular debt management option, but is it right for you?

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 15:29

Consolidation Loans, Money Management


Consolidation loans are a great way to manage your debt. If you can get one, it may be a great strategy for you to help you get out of debt. 

Using a consolidation loan to manage your personal debts will:

  • Consolidate your personal debts into one monthly payment
  • Reduce interest charges
  • Will not damage your credit rating

I recommend getting a consolidation loan to many people, but it’s not always the way to go as they are often difficult to qualify for.

In order to qualify for a consolidation loan, you:

  • Must have an excellent credit rating
  • May need to have collateral as it is often required (house equity, car, etc.)
  • May need a co-signer 

Another issue with consolidation loans is that they aren’t always a complete solution. All personal debts aren’t necessarily covered in a consolidation loan, so you may have several debts that still need to be dealt with outside of your consolidation loan.

Finally, payments aren’t always affordable. Consolidation loan payments include 100% of amount owed PLUS interest, resulting in higher payments than other debt settlement options.

So, when is a consolidation loan a good option?

They are a good option if you have:

  • More assets than personal debts (not insolvent)
  • High income and can afford to pay all debts including interest
  • Own assets that can be used as collateral for loan
  • An excellent credit rating

If you’re wondering if a consolidation loan is the best option for you, contact our office for a free initial consultation. We will review all of your options with you so you can make the best decision based on your personal situation. 

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