Sorting Through Debt Consolidation Services
Debt consolidation services are everywhere. Your bank or financial institution likely offers some debt consolidation service. You likely see books about debt consolidation services. Of course, there are many companies - mortgage companies, lenders, debt help companies - all offering debt consolidation services. You may have a hard time sorting out what various debt consolidation services offer and what different companies mean when they say "debt consolidation." As you may have noticed already, the term seems to be used differently by everyone. The first thing you need to figure out about debt consolidation services is what sort of debt consolidation services a specific company is offering. Most debt consolidation services essentially offer a type of loan to repay your creditors, but loan types differ widely. Some debt consolidation services offer home equity loans whereby your home's value is used as collateral. This type of debt consolidations service requires home equity, but often carries low interest rates and gives you plenty of time to repay your loan. Personal lines of credit and personal loans work in a similar way, although they may not offer the same amount of time to repay your debt and they may not offer the same low interest rates as a home equity loan. On the other hand, you will not need as much capital for these debt consolidation services. To make matters more confusing, there are some debt consolidation services that do not seem to be loans at all. At these debt help companies, you are told that the experts negotiate with your creditors and then pay them through the money you give the debt help company. If you opt for debt consolidation services, you need to research the company you are dealing with carefully, since you will still be held responsible for any unpaid debts. How much is the company charging you for their debt consolidation services? How often are creditors paid via the company? How much of the money you give to the company actually goes to the creditors? Are all your creditors being paid through this company? The problem with some debt consolidation services is that they place the money you give them each month into an account - and then remove monthly fees each month while not repaying your creditors. This is a huge problem, since your interest rates keep rising and since your creditors may pursue legal action against you for unpaid debts. You need to proceed with extreme caution when dealing with debt consolidation companies that offer these types of debt consolidation services. Ideally, when you opt for debt consolidation services, all your creditors should be paid off in full at once, and you should then owe money to one company only at a reduced interest rate and at lower monthly payments.
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