Debt consolidation may be answer for anyone drowning in a sea of unpaid bills. Debt consolidation lumps all of your unsecured debts including credit card bills, doctor, dentist, veterinary, and other service provider bills – any bills that are not secured by collateral or property such as an automobile or a house – into one monthly payment.
Types of Debt Consolidation
There are several ways to achieve debt consolidation, including one that does not require borrowing more money. Debt consolidation options include:
1. Home Equity Loans – A popular method of debt consolidation, home equity loan is a mortgage based on amount of equity you have invested in your home. It should be noted that home equity loans are secured by your house, which means if you fail to make payments on schedule, and according to terms of loan, you risk losing your house.
2. Personal Loans – Many banks and other lenders offer unsecured personal loans based on your annual income. The amount that can be borrowed will vary from person to person, and not everyone will qualify for this type of loan. To use personal loan proceeds for debt consolidation simply deposit loan money into your bank account and write checks to your creditors, or ask lender to disburse money to your creditors for you.
3. Private Loans – Some people may be able to borrow from family or friends and arrange very individual terms. Borrowing from others in your personal life can be tricky business and it is advisable to make sure any arrangements are made in writing.