Getting into trouble financially and you want to try unsecured credit card consolidation? You need to really understand it before you take the step to go into this sort of program. You don’t want to get into a more unstable and tighter position then what you started in, so you need to know a few specific things about these types of programs before leaping into it blindly.
The way that most consumers go about getting into one of these programs is to take out a second mortgage on their house, or what is called a home equity loan. What people don’t think about or consider is you’re taking out a loan for unsecured debts and putting up your house as the collateral. There is no kind of collateral to an unsecured debt. So you have in essence put your house up as collateral for something and you may well lose your house if you are unable to pay these new payments.
The bad thing about these programs is that people don’t realize this about their house and they end up losing it just because they thought it was the best method to go about getting out of debt. You will get a lower interest rate usually when you do this method. But is a lower interest rate always the best thing?
No it’s not, even though the rate is at a lower percentage then your old charges you don’t know if there are any hidden fees. These fees can add up and make your monthly payment larger then it was before you took out this loan.
Also if you think the lower interest rate means you will be saving money it’s not the case as stated above it’s possible that you may actually be paying a higher monthly payment then you had on the unsecured debts originally. Plus keep in mind the longer it takes to pay your loan or debt off you are actually putting more money out.
But for most people it is still very tempting to go about consolidating their bills this way, heck what do they care it gives you that extra pocket change you didn’t have before. And who doesn’t like to be able to go to the store and have money in their pocket for those little things you always wanted to buy before but couldn’t afford to get? Everyone is that way, it’s easy to be.
Just remember you need to try and understand the whole process of unsecured credit card consolidation before taking the jump and possibly losing your house.