Debt consolidation is the process of consolidating (combining) your debts through a consolidation loan that allows you to repay most or all of the creditors you owe money at once.
This allows you to make your debt more manageable and gives you only 1 payment to make which eliminates the risk of missed or late payments.
Another major benefit of consolidating your debt is you can consolidate your highest interest rate loans into a lower interest monthly payment.
This can help you save thousands in interest charges depending on your amount of debt.
Can I Include All Of My Debts In A Consolidation Loan?
You can include all of your unsecured debts in a consolidation loan but you cannot include a secured debt like a mortgage for example with a debt consolidation loan.
Will I Qualify For A Debt Consolidation Loan?
If you have a high enough credit score you will likely qualify for a debt consolidation loan if you meet the other requirements for the loan.
In the case your credit score is poor you will likely have to consider another method of dealing with your debts such as a consumer proposal or going bankrupt.
If you are starting to experience financial difficulties it might be best for you to look into a consolidation loan before your credit becomes too poor.
What Should I Do Before Applying For a Debt Consolidation Loan?
First of all, you might want to consider checking your credit score to see if there’s a chance you will be approved for a debt consolidation loan.
Before you apply for your loan you should make a list of all of your debts, even those you are not going to consolidate, as it is best to inform the loan officer about all of your debts when you apply for your consolidation loan.
When the loan officer runs your credit check they will have access to the information on all of your debts anyway so it is best to be honest and clear up front.
What Should I Do Before Choosing a Debt Consolidation Loan?
When you are shopping around for a debt consolidation loan, do not be afraid to shop around if you are not happy with the interest rate being offered by the first financial institution.
Some finance companies might offer a consolidation loan with an extraordinarily high interest rate (usually for people with poor credit) so you must always review all of the terms and conditions before you sign any agreements for a debt consolidation loan.
The finance company that offered you your debt consolidation loan might pay your other creditors directly so it is important you clarify this point with your lender.
What Are The Advantages Of Consolidating My Debts?
The advantages of getting a consolidation loan to consolidate your debts include saving on interest charges, and having your creditors paid in full quickly which can help you maintain a good credit rating, or improve your credit score.
Where Can I Get A Debt Consolidation Loan?
A debt consolidation loan is available through banks, credit unions or caisses populaires (the francophone equivalent of a credit union).