By Jessica Peterson
Debt consolidation can save you from debt problems, can improve your credit score and save you thousands of dollars. However, not all debt can be consolidated and given that there are different consolidation programs you should check if the one you chose or the one that the agent chose for you is really to your advantage.
There are many reasons why debt consolidation may not be the right solution for you. Debt consolidation cannot solve debt problems for all kind of debts. Debt consolidation may be too expensive if debt has already affected your credit and you don’t have collateral. And certain debt consolidation programs may be nothing but scams. Thus, you need to be well aware of what you are getting into.
Debt Not To Be Consolidated
For starters, you should understand than not all debt is suitable to be consolidated. The reasons for this are varied. Most subsidized loans already carry very low interest rates and thus, it makes no sense to consolidate those loans by using a more expensive loan. This is always true, unless of course what you need is to reduce the monthly payments by extending the loan repayment period.
There are many subsidized loans. Government loans for students, private loans for students, government loans for first time home buyers, government loans for starting businesses, government loans for research disciplines, etc. are just a few examples of subsidized loans that are not suitable for consolidation.
There are loans that being secured are not suitable for consolidation. Though refinancing can be a form of consolidation if other loans and debt are repaid with the exceeding cash obtained from a cash-out refinance loan, truth is that very seldom a home loan or home equity loan is included in a debt consolidation program.
Debt Suitable For Consolidation
Generally speaking only debt which is unsecured in nature and secured debt taken when your credit score was low (bad credit debt) is suitable for debt consolidation. The latter will be suitable only if your credit score has improved or if you can provide better collateral and thus obtain a more competitive interest rate.
Examples of unsecured debt are: unsecured personal loans and personal lines of credit, credit card debt, store card debt, pay day loans, cash advance loans, certain student debt, bank account overdraw agreements, bank pre-approved personal loans. All of these can be consolidated into a single loan or the terms negotiated by a debt consolidation agent.
Debt consolidation in the form of a loan carries the advantage of obtaining a single and lower monthly payment that will simplify your budget while you work on your expenses. Debt consolidation in the form of negotiation is also an excellent tool that can provide a solution by reducing rates, eliminating debt generated by interests or extending the repayment programs so as to make debt more affordable.
And finally, both methods can be combined offering an excellent way of eliminating debt, managing finances and improving credit score in the same debt consolidation program.
Jessica Peterson writes finance articles for http://www.Yourloanservices.com where she shares her knowledge about how to get money for a starting-up business, consolidating any kind of debt, repairing a home even with a bad credit history and more.