If you’re looking for a loan to consolidate your credit cards and other debt, a debt consolidation lender will often be your best choice. They may be easier to deal with than a traditional bank, especially if your credit score is not that good.
Finding the right lender is important because there can be a wide range of interest rates and other services from one lender to another.
When you first approach them about a loan, you will be required to fill out a fairly lengthy application form, detailing your current financial situation – outstanding debts, income, assets, etc. You may also be interviewed about your living and spending habits, to help them get a better idea of how the debt accumulated.
When comparing one lender with another, some of the most important factors to consider include the following:
– Interest rate
– Monthly payment
– Length of the loan
– Lender’s commission (also known as “points”)
These factors can have a significant effect on the total amount you will have to repay. Plus, a lender with favorable terms in one area may still wind up costing more if their terms are not so good in another.
For example, if the interest rate is better from one lender but they charge you a commission, your total payable could wind up being more. A commission is generally calculated on a “points” basis – one point being 1% of the total you are borrowing.
When researching debt consolidation lenders, the internet is an invaluable resource. It makes it fast and easy to compare terms from one lender to another, without even leaving your home.
Many lenders operate completely online, but you should always contact them in person before making your final decision. Call their customer service department and speak to one of their representatives. See if they are able to answer your questions effectively, how quickly they can be reached and how comfortable you are dealing with them.
You will probably have to deal with them for several years, so you want to be sure you’re making the right choice before you sign on the dotted line.