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The Three Big Mistakes of Getting a Debt Reduction Loan (and How Not to Make These Mistakes)

November 4th, 2018 Comments off

If you’re in debt up to your eyeballs, you’re probably on the telemarketers’ list. They call, offering to give you a debt reduction loan. At first, this kind of loan sounds like a dream come true. After all, why wouldn’t you want to lump all your smaller debts into one easy-to-pay loan with a low interest rate?

Any wise man will tell you that you can’t get something for nothing. This is absolutely true when it comes to debt consolidation loans. Although they look good, these loans can be full of traps to snare the unsuspecting person, getting you in more trouble than you already were in. Here are the worst of the traps of getting a debt reduction loan:

Trap #1: You’re treating the symptom, not curing the problem.

The worst aspect of debt reduction loans is that they don’t fix the problems that caused you to be in debt. Instead, they treat the “symptom” of having debt. When you get one of these loans, you just end up with a large loan that you have to make payments on…but you will also acquire new debts when you eventually start to, once again, spend more money than you have.

Any statistician can tell you that the likelihood is high that someone who gets a consolidation loan will wind up with the same amount of debt, or more, in two years or less. And remember, they’re still making payments on their new debt consolidation loan.

Trap #2: Making your unsecured debts into secured debts.

If you have credit card debt, you should know that it is what is called “unsecured debt”. This means that the loan is not backed up by a tangible object, such as your home. Most consolidation loans are what is known as “secured debt”, or debt that is backed up by something valuable, most often the house that you live in.

The main problem with this is that when you can’t pay off your loan (and this is not uncommon), the creditor has the ability to foreclose on your home. On the original debt, the only thing the creditor could do was sue you in a court of law. They couldn’t take your home from you.

What you’ve done to yourself by taking out a secured loan (also known as a “home equity loan”) is to make your home vulnerable to foreclosure. Not too smart of you, was it?

Trap #3: Higher interest rates, not lower.

Even if you dodge the bullet of getting a secured loan by getting an unsecured loan, you’re still gonna get smacked with higher interest rates. This is because your inability to pay off your current debts makes you a credit risk, meaning that anyone who is willing to give you credit is going to charge you a higher interest rate to offset the additional risk.

They may change the loan in different ways, including a longer loan term, in order to offer you lower monthly payments than you’re making right now. However, this means that you will still pay more in the long run for your debts. As somebody who is already in debt, you probably can’t afford to do this.

So, how do you avoid these traps?

You can steer clear of all of these traps by deciding to manage your own debt. Unless you’re already filing bankruptcy, you still have the capability of getting out of debt without resorting to the help of some new lender or a so-called credit counselor. You’ll have to make some drastic changes to your lifestyle, but after you change your lifestyle, you’ll be well on your way to changing the behaviors that got you into debt in the first place.

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