Debt Consolidation

Debt consolidation is a financial strategy which can assist you in managing numerous debts, e.g. home loan, personal loans, credit cards, etc. It can involve a number of solutions including budgeting assistance, arrangement of debt consolidation loans and mortgage finance, informal creditor arrangements, personal insolvency agreements and bankruptcy assistance.

How will debt consolidation benefit me?

At the heart of debt consolidation is the interest rate you may be paying. Banks and finance companies charge higher interest rates for debt that is unsecured; .e.g. personal loan and credit card interest rates are usually 4-10% higher than a mortgage or home loan interest rate. So if you can consolidate your debt under your mortgage then you will be paying substantially less interest.

Debt consolidation will also alleviate the pressure of making numerous debt repayments and reduce the amount you pay each month. For example, if you have two or more personal loans or credit cards with a total outstanding balance of $30,000, you are required to make repayments of approximately $800 per month. By consolidating all your debts into a single loan with a lower interest rate and over a longer term, you may be able reduce your monthly repayments substantially to approximately $550 per month and save $250 per month.

Repayment plans are often tailored to suit your budget and lifestyle needs. Debt consolidation can also provide budgeting assistance to help you keep on top of your repayments and avoid getting into further debt.

Things to know about applying for a debt consolidation loan

Important factors to consider when considering a debt consolidation loan:

  • The solution will have a real benefit to you and not just a short term fix
  • You have achieved control over your debts
  • Your repayments will be reduced and not increased
  • You are fully informed of the consequences of the steps you are taking
  • There are no hidden costs within the debt consolidation loan
  • You are better off as a result of the solution you have chosen.

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