Drowning in debt isn’t fun. It’s even worse if you had to go into debt due to events beyond your control. This happens far too often, but regardless of the reason, having no debt is far better than having too much. There are many different methods of reducing or removing debt, one of which is an unsecured debt consolidation loan.
The word ‘unsecured’ simply means that you don’t have any collateral to back up your loan. Instead, your loan will be backed by your signature on a contract as well as the terms of that contract.
If you happen to have a lot of high-interest loans or credit card balances, then an unsecured debt consolidation loan could be the right choice for you. There are two good reasons for this. First, you will only have one payment to keep track of, instead of several. Second, the interest rate on a personal loan is typically much lower than other types of debt. So, not only will you have the convenience of making a single payment each month, but there is also a good chance that it will be much lower than the total amount you are paying now.
Another benefit of an unsecured debt consolidation loan is the peace of mind that it beings. You can’t quantify something like that, but it’s definitely worth noting. Think about it. You will be getting one loan to cover a bunch of various loans. Once your consolidation loan is approved, you will be able to pay off several of your creditors at the same time. Imagine not getting any more of those nagging calls from bill collectors!
Keep in mind that an unsecured debt consolidation loan can have a negative impact on your credit, at least temporarily. That’s because your credit score can be lowered when you close an account; no matter what the reason for closure is. And, as you will be paying off a lot of places at the same time, this can be reflected in your score. However, it shouldn’t last any longer than a few months. Plus, it’s often better to take the short-lived hit on your credit score than it is to have the temptation to spend now that you accounts have a zero balance.
Because you won’t have any collateral, you will have to shop around to get the best deal on your consolidation loan. The good news for you is that there are a lot of companies out there, and they are in stiff competition with each other. With luck, that competition will result in a better deal for you.
If, for whatever reason, you are turned down for one unsecured debt consolidation loan, don’t give up. Keep trying. There is sure to be a lender out there willing to work with you. You can go to a local lender, or search online for various lenders. Be sure to look into them to check if they are a good company to work with or not. Most companies are on the up and up, but it’s your money and you need to be sure.
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