Most good things do not happen overnight. Unless you win the lottery or receive a large inheritance,
getting out of debt will not happen instantly. The process takes time and takes a lot of patience. The
information contained in this article can help you make wise decisions when it comes to consolidating
Be wary of doing business with any consolidators claiming they're "non-profit." Non-profit doesn’t mean
they are a good company, nor does it mean that they do not make a lot of money. Non-profit credit
counselors are paid for by the bank which you owe money. Some consider this to be a conflict of
interest. Check with the BBB to help understand if the firm is as great as they claim to be.
Let your creditors know if you cannot afford your payments. They might want to talk about other
arrangements directly with you. Some creditors will try to help you, and some will not. Some are cold
and heartless and even if you have a severe hardship, they will not work with you. The big national
banks tend to be less helpful. Small local banks which you owe money to may be much more helpful.
If you don’t have much income and have very few assets, bankruptcy could wipe away your debts. Many
people who file bankruptcy must file a Chapter 13 bankruptcy repayment plan. In some cases a Chapter
13 can be more expensive than a debt consolidation program. Chapter 7 bankruptcy may be your only
option if you cannot afford to pay any of your debt.
Remember to make sure any debt consolidation loan has a fixed rate. A variable rate loan may cost you
much more in the long run and your payments may not be affordable down the road.
Make sure to do your homework when researching a debt consolidation firms. This will ensure that you
to find a program that you can trust to help you. You do not want a bad debt consolidation program that
puts you in a worse financial situation because this could cost you a lot of money in the long run.
Understand that taking out a debt consolidation loan will have no bad impact on your credit score, and it
may even improve it. If you do not currently have a 720 or higher credit score, you might not be able to
qualify. Credit counseling debt management plans or debt negotiation and debt settlement plans will
affect your score adversely. If your score is already damaged it might not make much difference. You
should not be concerned about taking on new debt if you cannot afford the debt you owe.
Look for a credible consumer counseling firm that is local in Texas. If you are choosing debt settlement
or debt negotiation, make sure they are in Texas too. Either option may impact your credit score
negatively if you have good credit scores right now. It should be easy to rebuild your credit score once
you eliminate the debt if you make good decisions.
Don't look at debt consolidation as a cure for all your financial woes. Debt will always pose a problem if
you are not careful about your spending habits. Once you have a great debt consolidation plan set up,
analyze your financial behavior and make the changes that will improve your situation for the indefinite
Ask how any debt consolidation company will keep your information private. You want to make sure you
Perhaps refinancing your mortgage is a good option. If you are not in a hardship but are tired of paying
high interest rates, then consider this if you have enough available equity in your home. Texas has strict
equity requirements, so this is not an option for most Texas residents.
Try to set up your debt consolidation plan to be 5 years or less. The longer your plan the more you will
likely end up paying.
Read your contract for a debt consolidation contract. If you are receiving a consolidation loan, then you
don’t want to be surprised by hidden charges. If you are using a debt consolidation program, then it is
even more important to understand all the fees involved. Keep in mind with any program you may incur
costs if you do not have the funds available in your bank account when the money is debited.
The most commons ways to use debt consolidation without a new loan is debt settlement and credit
counseling. Either program impacts your credit score in a negative way. If your credit score is already
bad, then this may not be a factor. Usually a debt settlement program is much less expensive, but it
requires that you are in a financial hardship to be effective.
Once you have a budget you need to stick to it. Your debt counselor should provide you with a budget to
help you manage your money. Let your friends and family members know that you are on a budget and
suggest inexpensive alternatives to rather than spending lots of money.
Be sure you are aware of the debts you are dealing with. Debts that don’t fall under the consolidation will
still be paid separately.
You will not be able to pay off your debts by getting be taking on more debt. If you haven’t paid your
creditors for many months you can ask your creditors to settle if you have the money to do to give it to
them in a lump sum payment. If you have less then $5,000 of debt you may want to save money working
on your debts yourself instead of hiring a company to manage, consolidate or settle your debt.
You may also be able to reduce a cell phone bill if you try your calling provider and asking for any
promotions. Sometimes they will match a competitor offer.
Make sure that everything you were told by your debt counselor is also put in writing. You do not want
to start any debt consolidation program without understanding the agreement.
The nice thing about any debt consolidation program is that you will just have one bill every month for
the debts in enrolled in the program. If you are in a credit counseling program the provider will pay all
your creditors every month. If you are in a settlement plan, they will manage the settlements with each
of your creditors throughout the program.
Don’t sign for a loan with a variable interest rate. You don’t want to end up paying a lot more than you
planned if a higher interest rate kicks in.
You must always do your homework to learn everything you can about any debt consolidation services.
You need to find a debt consolidation company that is in Texas, that is reputable and will do what they
say. Check them out on BBB.org. The Better Business Bureau is a good place to start with any company.
It can be difficult to find just the right debt consolidation company if you don’t know what to look for. If
the company is not licensed in Texas than quickly run away. Large national companies are usually
licensed in Texas but will not give you the personal attention of a more local company. Make sure the
company has been in business of a while. A decade or more shows a company is likely to be here
throughout your debt relief program.
If you receive a legitimate offer for a debt consolidation loan, be sure that the loan is affordable for you?
Even though your interest rate will be lower compare to your current debts, you might end up
transferring your debt to a lender who will be less likely to help you if your financial situation gets
worse. Debt consolidation loans are not a good choice for everyone who qualifies for one. You’ll end up
right back in this situation if you can’t meet your obligations following your consolidation. Think about
whether this is best for you. Don’t take out any loan that you cannot pay back.
Debt consolidation is something that can assist you if you come to it with the right mindset. You can’t
simply ask a few questions or skim a website to learn all that you need to. You need to do your research.
We hope the tips from this article will help you navigate through debt consolidation.