And what about that Credit card?
Consolidate credit card debt
People who are in debt (credit card debt) often get to hear this advice ‘Consolidate credit card debt’. So, what does that ‘Consolidate credit card debt’ mean? Well, pretty simply, ‘Consolidate credit card debt’ means consolidating the debt on various credit cards into one (or two) credit card. This consolidation can be done either through a low interest bank loan or by transferring balance to a new credit card (i.e. transferring the amount you owe, on one or more credit card, to a new credit card(s)).
So what should you do when you are looking to consolidate credit cards? Well, the key thing to look for is the APR or the annual percentage rate. Whatever method you adopt to consolidate credit cards, APR will always be the key; in fact, you could say that it is the sole criteria to look for. So, if you use a bank loan to consolidate credit card debt, the interest rate on the bank loan should be lower than the APR of the credit cards whose debt you are consolidating. Similarly, if you are moving to another credit card, you must make sure that the APR of the new credit card is lesser than the credit cards whose debt you are consolidating.
However, there is a catch that you must be aware of when laying a plan to consolidate credit card debt. The APR rates advertised by most credit card suppliers are the short term APR rates which are meant to lure you to consolidate credit card debt with them. By short term we mean APR rates that will applicable only for an initial period of less than 12 months or some other period after which the APR rates increase. When you go on to consolidate credit card debt with these credit card suppliers, they will offer you a lower (even 0%) APR for the first 6-12 months; and a much higher APR after that. You should check what this higher APR rate is. Your decision to consolidate credit card debt will be fruitful only if the new APR rate is lower than or equal to the APR on your current credit card. You might check with your current credit card supplier to see if he is able to lower your APR (if that works, it will make things really easy for you).
Before you move on to consolidate credit card debt you should understand that consolidating credit card debt will be beneficial only if you pledge to adopt and follow disciplined approach to credit card usage i.e. controlled spending and regular/timely payment of credit card dues.
Types of Loan
Home equity loans are loans that are issued out to people in need of finance, against the security of their residential houses. In this kind of loans, the houses of the borrowers are kept as collateral against the sum borrowed by them. Usually, equity home loans are borrowed by individuals who are in desperate need of money, but have no means to repay them. Individuals in need of money have to keep their home as security against the sum that is lent by them.
Home equity loans, in recent times has emerged out as the main source of finance to people who are in desperate need of cash. More and more of individuals are increasingly resorting to home equity loans for their financial needs, the main reason being the collateral and security factor. Usually, to take up a loan of such huge amount, people have to sell off their assets and dispose of their belongings to raise the finance, for their needs.
But, the one standing character of home equity loan is the fact that, the borrower needs not to submit extra collateral except the house against which he is getting the loan, like he needs to do for getting any other loan credited in his account. Also equity home loans are really beneficial and affordable since the interest that accrues, actually accrues on the amount that the borrower has drawn till that time, or while repayment of the loan, the borrower needs to pay the interest only on the amount that is yet to be repaid. All these enticing factors are drawing more and more number of individuals, looking for a loan that involves easy repayment terms.
The best part of home equity loans is that of revolving credit, once the amount of loan that the lender will lend to the borrower has been fixed by the lender, calculating on the value of the home against which loan is sanctioned, the borrower needs not to borrow the entire amount at the same time but can actually draw according to his needs, and pay the interest only on the amount that he has drawn till that time and not the entire amount of loan that has been sanctioned.
The lenders to attract more and more borrowers also give the borrowers many schemes, which make the repayment of the loan all the more easy. The fact that borrower needs not give any other collateral, or pay any extra interest makes the entire thing even more easy for the borrower.
vailable capital when you need it, and you will be less likely to default on the loan should an emergency arise.