Thanks to Gordon Brown, Chancellor of the Exchequer, increasing interest rates as an early Christmas present many of us will find the demands on our pocket a little harder this year. So what should you do if, when the New Year breaks, you find yourself one of the millions overcome by debt and searching for an escape route?
More people than ever struggle with debt in the UK and debt consolidation has never been more accessible option, its everywhere we turn!
'Consolidate debt and cut your monthly bills by half'
It is all too easy to understand why people seek salvation in these schemes, why we see them as an overnight solution to the nightmares the burden of debt can bring. That is not to say that they can not carry benefits, but they should be approached with caution. Sound financial advice can create for you, a manageable repayment scheme, which will not seriously damage your credit rating.
When you consolidate debt you obtain one loan, to pay off multiple existing debts, such as credit cards, store cards or loans which may be used using an unsecured personal loan or a loan secured on your property.
You may also want to consider a remortgage of your property, to take advantage of the many attractive deals on offer, and release enough equity to pay off your short term and very expensive debts.
A loan such as this can create lower monthly repayments and give you one clear date for completion. There is no doubt the possibility of defaulting on payments is reduced if you concern yourself with one, rather than multiple deadlines. However it is important to always examine all your options in their inheritance. A poorly chosen scheme can result in you paying more in the long term and it can involve additional costs, which you may not have budgeted for.
Seeking the advice of a professional, who can assess your individual situation and choose the best policy for you, is a shrewd move for any consumer.
There are multiple options in terms of debt consolidation, one of which is to create a saving through the remortgaging of property. It has been estimated that around 1.85million people have used equity released from their property to amalgamate and reduce existing debts. If the terms of the mortgage are clearly understood this can be an effective way to condense the hassle of numerous payments into one, and an option well worth exploring.
Alternately you may consider a secured loan (a debt consolidation loan for homeowners), when doing so it is important to contemplate the specifics involved in securing a repayment scheme against your home. This can also be an effective way of managing out of control debts, but seeking the advice of a professional can ensure you obtain the best terms for your loan and can earn you a much better rate of interest.
The fury of spiraling debts can make the consideration of the appropriate repayment scheme all the more confusing. The key to managing your debts and releasing the stress they can bring is to understand the options available and seek out the one that is best for you. The knowledge of an independent advisor can enable you to maximize your credit options, whilst finding you the swiftest and cheapest policy that will not do anything damage to your credit history.