Author Topic: The Unsecured Consolidation Loan - How Will it Benefit You?  (Read 1119 times)


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When you are struggling with debt that has become uncontrollable either in the amounts that you have to repay each month or the spread of your repayment dates, a problem that can lead to missed payments and therefore a bad credit mark, it is time to look at consolidating them into a single loan therefore a single payment.

The name for this type of financial product is the consolidation loan, and as with most loans you have two options available to you, these are the secured and the unsecured consolidation loans.

Generally, if you need a large loan to consolidate or if you are in quite serious financial trouble you may be left with no other option by lenders than the secured loan. The lender will prefer this option even though the interest rate is more favorable to the borrower as it enables him to offset his risk because the loan is secured against the borrowers property or other loan covering collateral, such as investments or a car perhaps.

The unsecured consolidation loan is the flip side of the secured loan and therefore needs no collateral but there is a catch; you will find that you need a relatively good credit history which, ironically, is what people are trying to achieve with an unsecured consolidation loan in the first place. The main benefit of an unsecured consolidation loan over a secured loan is that you remove the threat of losing something as important as your home should something unforeseen happen that makes it impossible for you to afford the loan repayments.

The negatives of the unsecured loan are that the interest payments are higher than a secured loan, although not significantly higher, and, as already mentioned, they are dependent upon the borrower having a pretty good credit history. A word to the wise though, before making any loan application always find out the qualifications for a particular loan and be upfront about your credit history, it may be a good idea to have a recent copy of your credit report to hand.

The reason you need to do this is because every loan application, successful or not is a black mark on your credit history. So only enter into the application process if the chances of approval are very high.