Consolidating your outstanding debts can be a great way to get a debt problem under control, but if you’ve had the debt problem for long enough that it’s had a negative impact on your credit rating then you might find getting the loan to consolidate much harder.
Finding a bad credit consolidation loan doesn’t have to be difficult, however, it simply requires taking a little more time and effort in shopping around and comparing different lenders. In addition to simply helping you to manage some of your debts, however, a bad credit consolidation loan can be the first step toward repairing your credit and helping to ease your overall financial burden.
The following information about bad credit consolidation loans should help you to find a lender willing to work with you and guide you toward finding the loan that’s best for you and your financial needs.
How debt consolidation works
Basically, debt consolidation is a simple process. When you apply for your bad credit consolidation loan, you will end up using the money received from the loan to pay off (either in part or completely) some or all of your outstanding or overdue debts.
Once these debts have been paid off, they are no longer negatively affecting your credit report and are no longer taxing your monthly budget. In their place, you have a single payment to make, the payment for your bad credit consolidation loan. This will likely save you quite a bit of money each month, as it’s not very likely that the monthly payments for one loan will be higher than the combined payments of old or overdue debts.
Securing the loan
Needless to say, a bad credit consolidation loan is probably going to have to be a secured loan… in addition to the difficulty of getting an unsecured loan with bad credit, it’s much easier to get a lower interest rate with a secured loan.
In order to get the lowest interest rate that you can, you should use the best collateral that you have available; the equity that you’ve built up in your home or other real estate generally is one of the preferred methods of securing loans for debt consolidation, though other high value items such as automobiles or precious metals can also be used. Once you’ve decided on how you’re going to guarantee repayment of the loan, then it’s time to find a lender.
Shopping for a lender
When you start looking for a lender to approve your bad credit consolidation loan, you should keep in mind that you will likely need to visit a wide variety of lenders both physical and online.
Take the time to outline the debts that you plan on consolidating for the lender so that they can see where the money is going to go, and try to keep the total amount well under the value of the collateral that you plan on using. Request loan quotes from all of the lenders that you’re considering, comparing the quotes in order to determine which one has the best interest rate and repayment terms.
Debt consolidation and credit repair
Once you consolidate your debts and begin repayment of the loan, you have a wonderful opportunity to begin improving your credit simply by paying off your loan. As the older debts that you’ve paid off begin to age, they’ll slowly start to disappear from your credit report, so long as you keep your new payments up to date, however, the positive effects that they generate will begin to bring up your credit score.