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Unsecured consolidation loans

| Articles | July 17, 2011

Bills are piling up, and paying them all takes just about all the money you make – or worse, it takes every penny. Not only are there credit card bills screaming for attention, but utility, medical and store card are all due now. Oh, and don’t forget the money you owe your brother-in-law and the fact that you’re going to need to replace your windshield now. It adds up, and will it ever go away?

A loan would help you get back on your feet, help you get ahead, and help you begin to build a stronger financial future. But it takes collateral to secure a loan, right? And you don’t own a home so you have no equity to borrow against. In fact, looking around, you have nothing to offer as collateral.

There’s good news. There is such a thing as an unsecured debt consolidation loan, and it may be worth it for you to pursue this option for managing your debt. Lenders who offer unsecured debt consolidation loans do not require any collateral against the loan; they look at you and what your credit and employment history say about you. If you have been making regular payments to all your creditors and if you have a stable employment history those factors can work in your favor, showing that you as an individual are a good risk.

There are also lenders out there who will give you an unsecured consolidation loan in spite of your credit and employment history, if you need a clean slate in more ways than one.

Unsecured consolidation loans are intended to please your creditors by paying them all off, and to please you by putting some quality back in your life in the form of greater peace of mind. Instead of a long line of creditors calling and sending letters and constant reminders that you owe money, you have one obligation, one monthly payment. Gone is the uphill battle with late and over the limit fees. Imagine the long-term savings just by eliminating those fees from your life!

Be aware, though, that lenders attach higher interest rates to unsecured consolidation loans. They take a larger risk when they lend money without security, and to compensate their interest rates will be higher than on loans with collateral.

Keeping in mind the greater risk lenders take with unsecured consolidation loans, loan amounts by necessity are limited to lower amounts. Depending on the company, the limit on the amount they will loan unsecured may be as low as $1,000 or as high as $20,000.

Living with debt is just part of living nowadays, but when your debt outgrows your budget the quality of your life can become anything good. There is a difference between managing your debt and drowning it. Managing debt translates directly into quality of life, and the first step to making sense of all your outstanding bills and loans may be consolidating them all under one loan. The interest rate may be higher, but an unsecured consolidation loan is far better than bankruptcy.

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