Debt Consolidation

A debt consolidation loan from Dr. Credit can provide the opportunity for a person to improve their credit if they use it as a financial plan instead of just shifting debt around. When a person takes out a debt consolidation loan, their credit card debt will be paid in full and they can set their sights on just paying off that one loan. A debt consolidation loan will not immediately improve a credit score, but making timely payments will improve a credit score over time.

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When getting a debt consolidation loan, the first important step is to do research. Different banks offers competitive loan rates and various repayment terms. It is a good idea for people to keep their options open because a lot of the time Credit Unions can contend with the bank’s competitive rates as well. A person should also stick to a budget when getting this type of loan. Before a person agrees to pay the monthly payments that come with a debt consolidation loan, they need to make sure their expenses work with the money they bring in every month. This will ensure that they have a monthly payment that they can actually pay.

The last thing a person needs to do is make the loan very important to them. Getting new credit cards or charging up more debt on existing credit cards is a bad idea especially while paying off a debt consolidation loan. It is important to focus on the loan and not get more debt that they cannot pay off. Part of being able to properly manage personal debt is knowing the difference between good credit and bad credit.

There of course is a difference between good credit and bad credit as well as ways to get good credit and avoid getting bad credit. A good credit history helps a person get more ideal terms and conditions when they apply for a credit card or a loan. They will get lower interest rates that saves them money over time. A person can build and keep good credit by: keeping low balances and limits on credit cards, not getting unneeded credit cards, and reestablishing good credit if they have had problems in the past (by opening new accounts and paying them off on time).

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Other ways to get and maintain good credit are: using long-held accounts (keeping and using a credit card that a person has had for a long time to maintain a good credit score) and to plan ahead because accounts can stay on a credit report for up to seven years. There are also ways to avoid bad credit and the consequences that come with it.

The ways that a person can get bad credit are: having high amounts of debt, making late payments, missing payments, and paying only the minimum amount due on bills like cell phone bills, credit cards, student loans, and car loans. Some of the consequences of bad credit include: no credit (not getting any credit even at higher interest rates for those that have really bad credit), not being able to find employment (due to the fact that employers regularly run a credit check before hiring people), and lack of housing options (since a lot of landlords will not approve a person to move in until they check their credit. Other consequences of having bad credit are: higher interest on credit cards and loans and higher insurance premiums for car, health, homeowners, and rental insurance. All hope is not lost since a credit score can be fixed.