Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Choosing A Debt Consolidation Lender

By William Blake

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.

With a wide range of interest rates and various services to choose from, finding the right lender can be a challenge.

Expect a lengthy application form. Along with detailing your current financial state of affairs including outstanding debts, income and assets, an interviewed about your living and spending habits may be forthcoming to help them understand your circumstances and 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")

Terms that look favorable in one area may cost you dearly 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.

Internet search engines are an effective way to research debt consolidation lenders. Comparing terms from different lenders is easy from your computer.

Although many lenders conduct their business online, call customer service and speak with a representative in person before making a final decision. Can they answer your questions effectively? Can they be reached quickly and at the hours you may need them? Are you comfortable with them?

This is likely a long-term relationship. Be sure of your choice before signing anything.

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