Wednesday, February 28, 2007


Credit Card Debt Consolidation – Why And When Should You Consider Consolidation

It is very important for a cardholder to learn about credit card debt consolidation. Consolidating credit card debt is an important personal finance tool, especially if he or she wants to improve their credit rating eventually. Consolidating credit card debt can be advantageous in many ways. However, before deciding to consolidate, there are certain criteria to take into account. Here are some pointers on how to go about consolidating your debt.

Situations Where You Should Consider Consolidation

Credit card debt consolidation can be done for various reasons, of which the most obvious one is to get better rates of interest. In case consolidating your credit card debt gets you better interest rates than your present rates, why would not you consolidate? It is wise to use credit card debt consolidation to save your precious money.

First, make a list of the interest rate charged by each of your credit cards. Against each of these rates, jot down the new rate that can save you money. If the new rates are lower compared to the old rates' average, then it would make sense for you to consolidate your credit card debt. Suppose your list already has cards that offer you low rates, exclude them from your consolidation. Consolidating credit card debt has the other major advantage of making life easy for you. Paying one bill takes a lot less stress and time. But that cannot be the sole reason for you to think about credit card debt consolidation if you are going to end up paying more in the long run.

One important advantage of credit card debt consolidation is that it can help you get out of a credit card debt problem. With consolidation, the monthly payments are lower than they would be in case you did not consolidate your credit card debt. Also, there is an improvement in credit scores by closing the other accounts.

Whom To Contact For Consolidation of Credit Card Dues

The best way to seek help for credit card debt consolidation is through someone who is professionally qualified. The market is full of credit card companies and banks that will be ready to offer their services. For your part, it is necessary to get all the facts you need to go in for credit card debt consolidation so that it turns out to be monetarily beneficial to you. Pick a consolidation plan that does not have hidden fees. Equipping yourself with this sort of information before taking a decision can only help save money in the long run.

Take a good long look at your debts before you decide to go in for credit card debt consolidation. Having this information ready will make it easier for you when you get in touch with a professional who can assist you with the process. It is quite all right to make it clear that you are looking for the best deal. You deserve the most profitable deal when you make the decision to consolidate your credit card debt.

Monday, February 26, 2007


Debt Consolidation: What are the Options?

Knowing that you need help to get out from under your debt, you search for solutions. One possible solution is debt consolidation. There is more than one way to consolidate debt, and some are less than helpful.

First of all, you will want to take your financial temperature. Calculate how much you owe for each credit card and other loans. Figure up how much you have been spending each month and compare it to how much you have in income. An accredited credit counselor may be the best way to go to help you figure out your financial health. You also might find it handy to use an online debt calculator to give an estimate on how quickly you will pay off your debts.

Once you have determined your financial status, you can make a much more informed decision on what type of debt consolidation might be right for you. Some banks and other creditors offer debt consolidation loans. However, if you have poor credit due to late or missed payments, you most likely will receive a high interest rate on the loan that won't save you over what you are already paying for interest. Also, you may not qualify for this type of loan.

Another possible debt consolidation option is to sign up for a debt management plan. A debt management plan also allows you to consolidate your payment down to one a month, but you still owe that money to each of the creditors. Instead, you will pay the debt management company each month that will then pay on each bill a specified amount. This can save you by allowing you to gain lower interest and fees on the accounts.

Seeking help for mounting debts is a wise course to pursue, but make sure you proceed with wisdom as well. If you do not have the patience to learn about all of the debt consolidation options, then you should at least make sure you choose the right debt consolidation company. A reputable debt consolidation company will have a satisfactory rating with the Better Business Bureau and will gladly tell you how their fees are determined. Once you are comfortable with your choice, make sure that you follow through on your selected course of action.

Sunday, February 25, 2007


Help Hurricane Katrina Victims

There are many economical single female parents that don’t have got a batch to donate to those affected by hurricane Katrina, however most feel awful and wishing they could. Here are some economical single female parent ideas that may allow one to if donating cash is not an option.

Clean out your closets.

Go through your cupboard and take old clothing or new clothing that you never have on and donate them. Think of the people that just lost their home, their personal belongings, and their normal day-to-day activities such as as work, school, etc. These people will take what they can get. Don’t halt at your clothing closet. Continue on to linen cupboards and donate towels, cleaning products, travel to your larder and donate non perishable items, donate anything you can believe of that you may or may not utilize everyday. Most likely, person will utilize it and be glad to have got got it.

Give blood.

Go to your local Red Cross and donate your points that you have collected as well as giving blood. During this emergency situation, people are going to need medical aid and your blood could salvage a life!

Raise money.

If you can’t afford to give money, rise money instead. There’s been people selling lemonade and donating their contributions to this cause. If you don’t have got got anywhere to donate your points to or they are physical objects not easier transportable, have a garage sale and sell them. Then take the money and donate it to the cause. Find out if your children’s school is doing anything to lend items. They may be collecting playthings to give to the children of those affected.

Take a household or individual into your home.

There are schools that are taking students that have got been displaced. Some however may not have got available lodging or the students may not be able to afford it so if you dwell near a campus you may look into contacting the school and allow them cognize you’d be willing to assist out a student until they can get back on their feet.

The options are plentiful if you believe creatively. You may be a economical single female parent but there are still ways to assist out even when money is tight. These subsisters have got lost everything and could utilize whatever they can get!

For more than economical single female parent tips and ideas travel to SavingDimes and SingleMotherResources.

Friday, February 23, 2007


Katrina, Trees & Heaven

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trails of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
(James the Apostle of Jesus)

Hurricane Katrina on August 29, 2005 destroyed the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. To those who died in this storm I offer my prayers to their families and friends. To the homeless in Biloxi, Mississippi my heart and prayers are with you and your memory will be with me for life.
(Bob Wilkerson)

Hurricane Katrina

Droplets of rain dribbled from the sky. The wind was swirling, the movement of the trees started to acknowledge her presence. Dark, sinister clouds proclaimed her arrival but I wasn't about to leave. I listened to the warnings all day but still remained steadfast in the decision not to leave. I believed Katrina would drift farther west. This scary picture of drowning kept leaping across my mind. I denied the images and remained resolute in my decision to stay on the coast.

The storm keep getting stronger, bigger and she kept turning toward the east and it wasn't looking good for Biloxi. I thought about leaving but the traffic was so bad and I really didn't know where to go. I knew the roads were jammed and going to a shelter was out of the question. I kept trying to believe the storm would move farther into Louisiana. I had Faith in God. I believed God would protect me. However, I didn't know if God was telling me to leave or stay. I was really confused. I knew that faith required actions but I was undetermined what action God wanted me to take. I guess it should have been an easy decision but it wasn't. My soon to be wife, who was in California, was begging me to leave but I just couldn't. I had worked so hard to help the homeless in Biloxi and now just leave. I had been through hurricanes before and survived. The weather reports keep saying this was going to be the storm of century and I was starting to believe they were right. After watching the news all day, I realized we were going to get hit hard. I didn't want to leave my job. I didn't want to believe my work with the hopeless was over. I had to make a decision. Katrina was moving into South Louisiana. I was extremely confused and scared. I had to make a decision soon.

Two days prior to Katrina's arrival I was sitting in my office in Biloxi, Mississippi. Suddenly the door opened and in walked a homeless man. I had been working with him for a while but he was having a hard time giving up alcohol. "Hey Dude, what's up." I said with a smile. I always enjoyed seeing him. I loved this guy. My heart was on his side and I just believed that one day he would walk free from alcohol and the bondage of homelessness.

I knew he wanted to smoke so we stepped out on the porch. It was hot, horribly hot in South Mississippi. He rolled up a cig, crouched down on his haunches and said, "Bob did you know a hurricane is coming this way?"

"Really, where is it now" I ask? I really wasn't too concerned.

"It is crossing over into the Gulf and they are saying it is going to be a bad one." He stood to his feet and looked towards the Gulf of Mexico.

"Where is the sucker headed?"

"The word on the streets is it is coming straight towards us or New Orleans." He had a worried look on his face.

We both stood in silence for a few seconds then I spoke. "My friend we just have to have faith that God will protect us." I opened the door to my office so I could hear the phone ring.

"Bob the police are going to start rounding us up soon." The Biloxi police department had a reputation for picking up the homeless and moving them to jail before a storm hit. I had also heard the police would let them go just before the storm hit. I don't know if that was true or not. However, I had heard other homeless talk of mistreatment by the police.

"You know God will take care of us my friend but we also have to take action." I put my hand on his shoulder and continued, " we also have to have enough since to take action. Maybe you should starting heading north just in case it hits."

He nodded in agreement and then ask, "What are you going to do Bob?"

"I ain't going anywhere." I shrugged my shoulders and acted tough. "I guess I am going to hang around and help Rita down at the soup kitchen." I had no idea the time the storm was going to be the largest to hit the Gulf in a century.

We continued talking about the storm, our plans, and the hope it miss us. Hurricane Dennis clipped us a little earlier in the year so we were not that worried about Katrina. I had no idea what was about to happen. I also didn't realize I would never see the my friend again. I found out later my friend did survive but I still haven't seen or talk to him.
Night was approaching and the wind was picking up. I loaded my clothes in car, still unsure if I would leave or not. I watched the sky. The clouds were moving faster and faster in a circular motion. Questions exploded in my mind. Would I take the risk and stay or would I take the risk and leave. Finally, I made the decision. I took a long look at all the things I had accumulated then I looked at the car. The thought of swimming in 150 mph wind with trees falling raced through my mind. Finally, I walked into the kitchen grabbed a gallon of water and headed for the car. I drove out of Biloxi, Mississippi at 7:00pm on the night Katrina was coming into the coast. I didn't know exactly where I was going. I did have California on my mind but I only had 14 dollars in my pocket and ¾ of a tank of gas. I turned the radio on and just kept driving and praying that I would get away.

To my surprise and delight the roads where clear and the rain wasn't that bad. I drove to Jackson, MS, turned right and ended up in Cambria, CA. My fiancé lived in CA and I really didn't have anywhere else to go so I drove for two days straight. Frighten, oh yes. I knew by the time I reached Texas the storm had ruined Biloxi. I was in contact with Mary, via cell phone so I knew there was no turning back. I had never been to Cambria but I was confident God was guiding my path. As of today, I have been in California for three months, got married, and started a ministry called Challenger Christian Ministries, with intentions of doing the type work I did in Biloxi.
I am so thankful I left Biloxi. I am not sure if I would have survived or not. The office was gone and the home I rented was under water for a time. I lost everything but my clothes and car. However, the one thing that I never lost was my desire to serve my Lord. I will not be defeated because nothing in God's world happens by mistake. I am thankful I took the risk that night. I could have been trapped on the road right in the middle of the biggest hurricane to ever hit the coast. I listened to the voice of God and obeyed. Thank God I did. He is Lord of the storm and Lord of my life. I refuse to be depressed, discouraged or beaten by circumstances. However, the storm wasn't over. I had no clue what was coming and I have to admit depression did come, discouragement did invaded my thoughts and once again, I was taken to the brink of insanity.

California Pine Trees

I couldn't believe my eyes. I was numb, scared and holding back the tears. I had escaped the horror of Katrina and now this. Four months after Katrina took my office and flooded my home and now this. I left Biloxi, Mississippi and all the destruction and now this. Disbelief was an understatement. Shock, denial and anger fired off in my heart like a bolt of electricity. My wife hung up the cell phone and franticly began to praise God. I cussed and went into shock. I just couldn't believe it. We were coming over a mountain when we received the phone call. The wind was blowing so hard I had a tough time keeping the car on the road. My mind was blank. During desperate times, I have a tendency to just shut down emotionally. After hearing the news, I was completely shut down. I over heard the conversation my wife had with her son. I couldn't believe it. This phone call and the events of January 2, 2006 would once again alter the course of my life, affect my faith and push me a little closer to the breaking point.

Rain was coming down like bullets. The wind was furious yet we had to get home. When we finally arrived at the house it was still raining and trees, big, tall and pines trees were still popping like firecrackers. We could see them falling and the sound of fire trucks and ambulances filled the air. As we stepped out of the car a fireman appeared and told us to leave the area but we didn't. My new wife was frantic. She couldn't find her son. We knew he was alive because he phoned us after his narrow escape. Yet she wanted to see him, touch him, and hold him. Kyle, her son, was nowhere to be found. Mary, my wife, was running around screaming his name, totally ignoring the destruction of her house. I, on the other hand, was calm on the outside but scared to death on the inside.

As my wife searched for her son, I stood speechless in front of what used to be our house. I couldn't believe my eyes. A tree approximately 6 feet in diameter and over 100 feet tall fell during the storm and totally destroyed the top floor of our house and caused sever damage to the down stairs. In a split second life had changed again. It had only been four months since hurricane Katrina altered my life now this. What else could happen? This had to be the end of the storms but it wasn't. My faith was beginning to grow weaker, my marriage was off to a horrible start and it was just the beginning of a tidal wave of grief, heartache and questions.
After the tree hit the house the Red Cross put us up in a motel for several nights. Men from the church helped us clear the wreckage so we could see what we had left. We moved from house to house trying to find a place to live while the house was being rebuilt. We were under tremendous pressure and didn't have any idea which way to go. One of the hardest parts of this ordeal was to see the pain in my wife's face. Her house, her things, her antiques, her paintings and collectable glass and her cat was gone. The Tree killed her cat named Paws. To her Paws was like a kid. The poor old cat was just too old to move when the tree fell. In my wife's house was a life time of accumulation and now it was destroyed. My heart was broken for her and her son. I tried to comfort her but I didn't do a very good job. In fact, it was her faith in the Lord Jesus that kept us going. She is a really trooper. In fact, she is my hero. She cried and praised the Lord at the same time. My tendency was to cuss a little, praise a little and wonder what life had next. I actually had people that didn't want to get to close to me because of the events that had occurred in my life. I didn't really blame them and I know that were kidding but I was beginning to pray that an earthquake didn't occur and so far it hasn't, thank God.

Return to the Destruction of Biloxi

I really didn't want to return to Biloxi but it seemed like the right think to do. Both of us were excited about the invitation to return to work with the Mental Health Association of Mississippi. In fact they offer both of us a job so we bought a motor home and returned to Biloxi to help with survivors of the storm.

I wasn't prepared for what I saw on the coast of Mississippi. I just wasn't prepared for all the destruction. I had seen the pictures but the pictures didn't really tell the story of what happened on the coast of Mississippi. It was as if a bomb had gone off. I couldn't believe my eyes. I felt a surge of pain and shock when I first saw the coast. I knew many had died (some were my friends) and so… so much was gone. I cried.

Mary and I went to work almost immediately. There was and so much need. Yes, the physical destruction was beyond comprehension but the emotional, spiritual and psychological need was even greater. Anger was the primary emotion of the many who had survived the storm. Aggression, depression, suicide, homicide was at an all time high. I believe it would be safe to say we say a car wreck almost everyday. People were in pain, hostile towards FEMA, God, and anyone else they could think of to blame. I have to say I was angry, frightened and in the beginning stages of PTSD just like many on the coast.

We arrived about six months after the storm had hit but it was if it was yesterday. Everywhere we went people wanted to tell their stories. People needed to talk about what had happen to them and how they survived. The main conversation of almost everyone me met was about Katrina. I went to work as an Out Reach Provider or counselor and Mary went to work as a case manager. It was absolutely unbelievable, the people that came through our doors. Hurting, angry people came out of the wood work. We started a survivors group so people could talk about what had happened to them. It was sad, draining and totally out of my scope of training. I was use to working with the homeless, alcoholics and drug addicts not people who had experienced this type of devastation. We were all wounded and doing our best to help the wounded. Then the strangest thing happened. Without much warning, we had an argument with the leaders of our agency and we made the decision to quit. This was a major decision and our leaving this job almost killed my wife and I became more angry, depressed and my since of purpose was gone. I had built my identity around what I did instead of who I was in Christ and I was paying the price for this mistake.

My Mother Died

I was close to the breaking point when I received the phone call. The phone rang, I picked up knowing this could be the call I didn't want to get and it was. My sister said, "Bobby mother just died." We were expecting it, in fact, my mother told me she would wait until I got home to die but now she was really dead. My heart broke but my face and my words didn't reflect how bad it actually hurt. Mother was one of the greatest Christian women I had known. She believed what she believed about Jesus and nothing could change her love for Jesus. It didn't matter what I had done or how many times I had been to jail she loved me. I knew she was always praying for me and now she was gone. I have no doubt my mother is in heaven.

Mary and I decided to return to California. We didn't have a single clue as to what we would do now. We believed with all of our heart that God had sent us to Mississippi and I am sure He did but now our mission was over. I am not sure what we accomplished but I was just about ready to give up on this thing called life.

The house in California was still being rebuilt and I flooded the motor home. I was really starting to crumble. I took a drink. I mean I took a drink and got drunk and Three hours after the drink I was in jail. I couldn't believe it. I was once again as hopeless as I had ever been. The insanity of alcoholism had returned and death was close.


Debt Management - Give Desired Shape to Your Credit History

Are your lenders waking you up in the night with embarrassing or harassing calls?

Time is ripe for debt management. Kiss all your lenders and debtors goodbye with successful debt management.

Yes this is possible! And you can do it!

Debt Management is nothing but managing your financial condition efficiently so that you can live your life completely and happily.

Whether you take one loan or several loans, you have to do debt management. With one or two loans, debt management is not a difficult job. But when it comes to several debts, especially when it is beyond your ability to cope up with, it is then when you require a little smart planning.

Generally, loans and debts are considered bad. And it is considered a sin to get into a debt trap. But in the increasing consumerism these days, it is no more a sin if you take up several loans to fulfill several kinds of financial requirements.

However falling into a debt trap or getting drowned under piling debts and their APRs can get vicious. It has several consequences:

One can earn a bad mark on credit history.

One can loose social credibility.

One can get harassing calls from lenders at odd times.

One can incur increasing unhappiness in the family.

One can loose peace of mind.

To avoid any of the circumstances, one needs successful debt management.

Basically debt management helps you in different kinds of circumstances:

1. When you have started taking loans and you want successful debt consolidation all the way.

2. When you have taken several loans and you think the situation might just go out of your control.

3. When the situation is out of control and you are getting overburdened with piling debts.

4. When you have a bad credit history or you're repaying several debts such that no lender is providing you any further loan.

You can go for a debt management company to make a shrewd plan for you so that you can give the desired shape to your credit history. Or you can also do your debt management on your own by judiciously planning your debts.

Thursday, February 22, 2007


Debt Consolidation Loans - Knowledge is Power

A debt consolidation loan pays for multiple other loans or lines of credit. If you find yourself swimming in debt, this might be a good option. Debt consolidation loan is the best option when you have maxed out your credit cards and are yet paying for your car and house.

A debt consolidator will help you in making a single payment instead of making multiple payments. Managing your finances gets much easier. Also the interest rates on a debt consolidation loan are less since most of the debt consolidation loans are nothing but a home equity loan. Another good part is that since the interest rates are low, your payment is significantly reduced. If you have any issues or come up with questions, you have to make a single call to your credit counsellor instead of making several calls. One more advantage lies in the fact that the interest paid to a mortgage can be used as a tax write-off. This benefits you from a tax perspective.

Before you run out to get a debt consolidation loan, you also need to factor in the cons associated with this loan. For one, it is very easy to fall further into the debt trap. Since you will be left with more money at the end of the month, you will consider blowing it away rather than paying up for your debt. With the current economic situation, most mortgages are 30 year mortgages and this means you will end up paying your loan for the next 30 years. In terms of dollar amounts and over the lifetime of the loan, you will be spending much more than if you were to pay off the individual loans. The debt consolidation loan is against your home. This makes a debt consolidation loan a secured loan. Your creditors will take away whatever secured your loan and in this case it is your home.

As you can clearly see, debt consolidation loan are not for everyone. You have to look at the advantages and the disadvantages and make the correct decision for yourself.

Monday, February 19, 2007


What You Should Know about Home Loans

Everyone wants a house for itself. So do you. But how do you do it? What are your options? Well, the most common option is to make a mortgage over the house you will buy. This means that your house will be used as guarantee for the payment of the loan.

But deciding which mortgage supplier to use may be a complicated activity because there are a lot of different mortgage suppliers which are offering all kinds of deals. You should pay attention to the conditions and deals offered by the mortgage suppliers because buying a house is a very important action, maybe the most important financial move of your life. The reason for all this thoroughness is the fact that the rates you would be paying monthly vary from one lender to another and this has a huge impact on your financial situation. You can save a lot of money and you can also finish paying off your loan earlier if you pay attention to the mortgage rates aspect. So do some research before signing the mortgage with a lender.

Here is some information you may find useful whenever shopping around for a mortgage.

For instance, there are two types of mortgage rates: the fixed rate mortgage and the variable rate mortgage. The fixed rate mortgage means that you will pay the same amount of money every month and the interest rate will stay the same, it will not vary. And, of course, you will pay the same monthly repayment for the entire term of the mortgage loan. The fixed rate mortgage is usually used for home loans of 10 to 30 years.

But if you are paying a fixed rate for the first 5 years of your loan, and then you start paying a variable rate, it means you have a variable or adjustable mortgage loan or an ARM.

The thing you should know about ARM is the fact that the monthly rate can change from one month to another upwards or downwards, depending on the level of a certain market index which is usually being used for setting the ARM. The Prime Rate, the LIBOR or the Treasury Index can be the market index used for setting your rate. But this market index varies from one mortgage supplier to another.

The important aspect of this adjustable rate is the fact that the risk of variable interest rates is transferred to you, the borrower. The bank is no longer concerned with fluctuations of the interest rates. This is the reason why this type of mortgage is a bit cheaper than the fixed mortgage rate.

But the advantage offered by this type of mortgage is the fact that you will be saving a lot from getting an ARM instead of a fixed rate mortgage. But this advantage is usually working if you are talking about a short term mortgage of maximum 10 years. So, in the end, the risk of a variable interest rate may seem less dangerous if you can save some money out of it.

Let’s talk about the fees the mortgage supplier may charge you for giving home loans. These fees regard the lender insurance of the home loans, the entry and exit fees and the home loans administration fees. The lender may charge you even some closing costs fees. And if a representative is being used to close the deal for home loans, this one will also charge a fee.

The bank will also charge you a fee for the surveyor who is inspecting the property to evaluate it in order to set the mortgage value. But don’t worry; this is not a thorough assessment of the house, so the surveyor will not notice all the fault a property may have.

In conclusion, looking for home loans is not an easy thing to do. But doing your homework before going to close the deal for a home loan will save you a lot of troubles later! So assess thoroughly all the mortgage options and chose the home loans which suits you best!

Saturday, February 17, 2007


Debt Management Brings a Significant Change in Debt Scenario

Have you ever thought what would be the effect of uncontrolled expenditure? While the desire to purchase goes on to be unsatisfied, the income alkali gives up much earlier. The consequence is debts. Debts up to a certain degree are admissible. Debts need to be managed to maintain them within this level. The procedure involving the usage of respective techniques to control the amount of debts is known as debt management.

Outside agencies may not always be the 1s who carry out debt management. In fact, the first measure towards debt management, i.e. accepting that debts are a menace, is taken by the borrower himself. This is an of import measure because no amount of debt management tips will be small helpful if the borrower makes not have got adequate motive to convey about a change in his financial situation.

Debt management help, for debts on a smaller scale of measurement necessitate more than engagement of the individual himself. For debts that are not large and where the measure is more than of a preventative nature, debt management will include suggesting tips. One or two face-to-face sessions is what will be required. Along with the suggestions, debt management agencies will also state about the problems that the people will confront while incorporating the debt management tips. The individual himself have to use the debt management tips. All the debt management agency would make is supply a helping manus whenever the individual falters.

Debt management on a smaller scale of measurement is known as debt counselling. The tips that are offered to control the debts word form a portion of the ancient wisdom that is handed from generation to generation. The thought is to remind people of the knowledge. The following represent the major debt management techniques adopted at this stage:

There must be a restricted outgo proportionately to the income.
If possible, people must seek to augment their income to do the further expenses.
If a debt is incurred, it must be repaid or proper readyings must be made for its repayment

These and respective other debt management tips will be offered to assist convey about a existent change in debt scenario. This volition necessitate forbearance and doggedness on the portion of the borrower. Debt guidance can be a long drawn process. However, instead of creating cosmetic changes or a impermanent healing of the debts as in debt consolidation loans and mortgages, debt counselling have a long-term effect on the individual’s debt scenario.

Nevertheless, the importance of debt consolidation loans and mortgages as a debt management tool cannot be discounted. When standing on the edge of bankruptcy, it will be imperative to unclutter the huge hill of debts already incurred. Once the finances recover health, only then should debt counselling be practiced. Situations like the 1 discussed above necessitate an instant solution to debts and not a drawn-out one. Debt consolidation loans guarantee the fastest release from the debts.

Debt consolidation loan is a personal loan that is employed to settle down the debts. For the intent of easiness in settlement, all debts taken from respective lenders are consolidated. The sum of the debts is the right measurement of the amount of debt consolidation loan that must be drawn. The full debt consolidation loan may not be consumed by the debts. It depends on the manner debt settlement is negotiated. This is the ground why it is very necessary to engage the services of a proper debt consolidation agency. One of the principal distinguishing characteristics of debt consolidation loans is that the loan supplier assists in the settlement of debts. There is an active engagement of the loan provider. In this method of debt management, the function of borrower stops once he shows the listing of debts to be settled.

Debt consolidation mortgages, another popular debt management tool, is a second mortgage that includes certain debts in an existent mortgage. As in a debt consolidation loan, the borrowers will not be helped in settlement of debts. However, the advantage of this method is that debts are settled at the rate of a mortgage. Home equity loans also offer this advantage to the borrowers even though aid from the loan supplier may be absent.

Whatever be the method of debt management adopted, it must be effectual towards debts. The ultimate purpose of debt management must be to happen a long permanent solution for debts. This tin be brought about lone by increasing consciousness for the bad personal effects of debts and taking the necessary stairway to control them.

Friday, February 16, 2007


Do You Need a Debt Consolidation Loan?

If you are in financial troubles owed to debt or have got built up a assortment of debts over time, a debt consolidation loan may be for you. But before you take that route, you should see all the options.

However you got into debt - unexpected financial difficulties, illness, loss of providing member of the household or overspending - you can turn to respective organisations and charities for advice. These include the Citizen's Advice Bureaux, the Consumer Credit Guidance service, the Community Legal Service (England and Wales) or phone call the National Debtline on 0808 808 4000. Remember debt consolidation is one option and you should not experience pressured into taking it. These organisations can assist you see the alternatives.

Your ain lenders can also be surprisingly sympathetic about restructuring repayments. Talk to them as well.

Having said that, many borrowers can profit from consolidating their debts on better interest rate terms. Some credit cards cost up to 17.9 % (e.g. MBNA) and shop cards can cost more. Consolidating your debt could cut interest payments by up to two thirds.

It may be more than convenient to do one payment rather than several. Or you can better your cash flow in the short term by reducing monthly outgoings. But this may cost you more than over clip because you are paying the debt off over a longer clip period of time.

Be careful if you are borrowing larger sums of money of money (over £ 25000) as your loan is likely to be secured as a second mortgage rather than an unsecured personal loan. Many ads do it sound like debt consolidation will work out your financial problems. But taking out a secured loan intends you are gambling your house that you can refund the debts. You need to be certain of your ability to refund before doing this.

Most people simply desire to consolidate unsecured personal debts, overdrafts or credit cards. Taking out a second mortgage to make this could intend you lose your home if you neglect to pay the debt even though you maintain up the payments on your first mortgage. You should also see insuring this sort of loan, although not necessarily with the lending company. You may happen a cheaper policy elsewhere.

Make certain you deal with the causes of your debt as well as restructuring your credit. There is small point in taking out a debt consolidation loan if you go on to dwell beyond your means. If you don't exert financial subject you run the hazard of getting into the same problem again in two or three old age time.

Before taking out a loan, believe about how much you can afford to refund per month. You need to cognize -

- what the APR is
- whether it is variable
- what the overall cost of the loan is
- if the rate of repayment can change for other reasons
- what haps if you lose a payment
- what haps if you refund early or refinance
- if you have got secured the loan on your home, what are the effects of defaulting
- what haps if you make up one's mind to travel house

Things to be wary of are -

- firms which specialise in debt consolidation; they generally cost more than in interest and fees
- claims to better credit records; only you can make this and it takes time
- offers to impart extra money, for example, to purchase a car; extra debt sets your home at additional risk

Finally, store around for the best credit and payment protection deals. You make not have got to get them from the same company and you may not get the best deal if you do. To see a choice of both debt consolidation loans and low rate personal loans, land sites like provide for the United Kingdom market.

Thursday, February 15, 2007


What You Need to Know About Debt Consolidation Loans UK

Should you happen yourself over your caput in debt, you might desire to begin looking into debt consolidation loans United Kingdom . These loans are designed for the individual who needs aid in taking care of their outstanding debt, keeping them from bankruptcy.

Much like conventional secured loans, debt consolidation loans United Kingdom are more than or less marketed toward those with credit problems… enabling them to consolidate a part (if not all) of their debts into a single lower monthly payment.

Debt consolidation loans United Kingdom be given to have got a few advantages over conventional loans… they're usually easier for people with poor credit to get, they sometimes offer better rates than other loans that the individual could apply for, and some debtors will even offer lower repayment rates to people who are consolidating their debt.

How debt consolidation loans United Kingdom work

Since debt consolidation loans United Kingdom are still loans, they need to be applied for at a bank or other lender. Some companies specialise in this type of loan almost exclusively, whereas others deal in these loans as well as more than conventional home or auto loans. In most cases, you need to be able to demo the assorted debts that you throw as well as statements of income, a stable residence, and collateral.

Once you've been approved for your loan, the existent consolidation can happen in respective different ways. In some cases, the lender will process the payments for you (as is the lawsuit with some companies that specialise in debt consolidation loans United Kingdom .) In other cases, you'll be issued either a check or a line of credit and are responsible for making the debt payments yourself.

Either way, the money that you borrow is used to pay off some or all of your debt and instead of paying your outstanding debts you simply pay the money to refund the loan.

Debt consolidation loans United Kingdom are often secured loans

In most cases, debt consolidation loans United Kingdom are secured loans, meaning that they have got some kind of collateral required as a security for the loan. Automobiles and existent estate are most often used as collateral, though depending upon the lender cherished metallic elements or other valuables can sometimes be used.

Regardless of the collateral used, its intent is to see that the loan will be repaid… after all, if you don't refund the money that was lent to you, then the lender is able to take ownership of your collateral and sell it in order to retrieve their lost money (often for considerably less than the value of the collateral.)

Keep in mind, however, that pretty much all lenders who offer debt consolidation loans United Kingdom would much rather you simply refund the loan than have got got to sell off your collateral.

After all, they get off a batch cheaper and with a batch less clip involved if they don't have to engage person to take possession, then happen a seller, and procedure the sale… because of this, many lenders are willing to work with you to assist you catch up should you fall behind on your payments.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2007


Securing Debt Consolidation Secured Loans

If you're wish most people, then you've got debt in your life… and if that debt is getting out of hand, you might desire to see debt consolidation secured loans.

These loans are designed for people who happen themselves in debt beyond their agency to reasonably pay it back; the loans pay off either a part or the sum of money sum of their debts so that there is only a low monthly loan payment instead of the assorted debts that were consolidated.

Being a type of secured loan, collateral of some sort is required so that the loans can be extended even to those people who have got got had credit problems in the past.

Debt consolidation secured loans are utile in avoiding bankruptcy as well as simply getting a person's life back on track.

Determining the best collateral

Collateral is some property of value that is used to vouch that a lender will get their money back, either by repayment or by repossessing and merchandising the collateral property.

In debt consolidation secured loans, it is used to vouch that the lender will be repaid even though the individual borrowing the money may have had credit problems in the past; because of this, specific types of collateral are preferred over others. Real Number estate and vehicles such as as cars and motortrucks are the most common collateral for debt consolidation secured loans, in no small portion because of the easiness with which a lender can determine the value and happen a market for them.

The collateral with the highest value should be used to vouch the debt consolidation secured loans, since a greater value in comparison to the loan amount can assist you to get lower interest rates and better loan terms… significance that you may stop up paying less than you would if you used collateral with a lower value to vouch your debt consolidation secured loans.

Shopping for the best deal

Like most things, the rates that you are offered for debt consolidation secured loans may change from lender to lender.

You should get quotes from respective different lenders on the same loan amount and collateral, not dedicating yourself to any peculiar debt consolidation secured loans until you've had a opportunity to fully research your options.

Check with locally-owned banks and finance companies first, as they are sometimes more than flexible with their rates, and take clip to carefully compare all of the quotes that you have for debt consolidation secured loans. After you've determined which lender have the best offer, travel back to them and complete your application.

Make certain that you refund your loan on clip (or early, if possible)… not only tin it better your credit score, but it can also assist set up good business human relationships that can aid you to get better rates in the future.

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