Loans for consolidating debt
Pay attention here, because these crafty companies will stick it to you if you’re not careful.We’ve already covered consolidation: It’s a type of loan that rolls several unsecured debts into one single bill. Debt settlement means you hire a company to negotiate a lump-sum payment with your creditors for less than what you owe.You consult a company that promises to lower your payment to 0 per month and your interest rate to 9% by negotiating with your creditors and rolling the two loans together into one. Who wouldn’t want to pay 0 less per month in payments?But here’s the downside: It will now take you 58 months to pay off the loan.So basically, your debt would go from ,000 to ,000–60,000.
Even if you qualify for a loan with low interest, there’s no guarantee the rate will stay low.Debt settlement is a scam, and any debt relief company that charges you before they actually settle or reduce your debt is in violation of the Federal Trade Commission. When you consolidate your debts or work with a debt settlement company, you’ll only treat the symptoms of your money problems and never get to the core of why you have issues in the first place.You don’t need to consolidate your bills—you need to pay them off.Debt settlement companies also charge a fee for their "service." Often, the fee is anywhere from 15–20% of your debt.Think about it this way: If you owe ,000, your settlement fees would range from ,500–10,000.