Individuals usually work with a debt-relief organization or credit-counseling service.
These organizations do not make actual loans; instead, they try to renegotiate the borrower’s current debts with creditors.) Freeman says that debt consolidation loans are most helpful for those who have multiple debts, owe ,000 or more, are receiving frequent calls or letters from collection agencies, have accounts with high interest rates or monthly payments, are having difficulty making payments or are unable to negotiate lower interest rates on loans.
If you were to pay off each credit card separately, you would be spending 0 per month for 28 months and you would end up paying a total of around ,441.73 in interest.
Say that you currently have three credit cards that charge a 28% APR; they are maxed out at ,000 each and you're spending 0 a month on each card's minimum payment.
Consumers can use debt consolidation as a tool to deal with student loan debt, credit card debt and other types of debt.
There are several ways consumers can lump debts into a single payment.
They also tend to have higher interest rates and lower qualifying amounts.
Even so, the interest rates are still typically less than the rates on credit cards. “Typically, the loan has to be paid off in three to five years,” says Harrine Freeman, CEO and owner of H. Freeman Enterprises, a credit repair and credit-counseling service in Bethesda, Md., and author of “How to Get Out of Debt.” These types of loans don’t erase the debt; they simply transfer all your debts to a different lender or type of loan.Debt consolidation loan interest payments are most often tax deductible when home equity is involved.