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May 18, 2018

How Should you Go Forward With a Construction Loan?

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Talk to an architect or contractor to make a plan for your home. Designing a customized home is always costly, and there are plenty of chances that your budget will be crossed. Interestingly, most of the times, homeowners end up in altering the home plans to suit their pocket. Hence, enquire about a construction loan only when you are sure of the home plan.

Now comes the most important task…choosing a home construction loan that suits your budget. The best idea is to shop around. You will come across a number of lender banks, offering home construction loans with different interest rates and facilities. Compare the amount of down payment each bank demands. You may seek expert consultation on the variety of home construction loans that are available to you. Most lender banks usually require a down payment of 10% in order to qualify. This amount is however increased in case you do not have any private mortgage insurance. A number of ways that you can use to get a home construction loan with minimum down payment. Just consult and expert and he will guide you to get the best home construction loan for your dream house.

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Mortgages Rules For Canadian Home Buyers to Be Tightened

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On July 9th, the Department of Finance moved to tighten Canada’s mortgages markets by announcing changes to the requirements for federally-backed mortgage insurance. The changes set minimum credit scores that home purchasers must meet to qualify for mortgage insurance on so-called ‘high-ratio mortgages” while restricting amortization terms to 35 years and requiring a minimum 5% down payment on mortgages insured through the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) or other government-backed private mortgage insurers.
The tightening of Canada’s mortgage insurance rules, which will take effect on October 15th, is widely seen as a measure to further tighten Canadian mortgages market and forestall the credit problems that have crippled the U.S housing market. In announcing the changes, the Department of Finance characterized them as “a responsible and measured approach by the government to ensure Canada’s housing market remains strong and to reduce the risk of a U. S.-style housing bubble developing in Canada.”
Under the Bank Act, mortgages from federally-regulated lenders, including banks, credit unions, and caisses depots, must be insured where the value of the mortgage exceeds 80% of the value of the property or home being purchased or financed. Such high-ratio mortgages are insured primarily through the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation, a federal Crown Corporation, but also through a handful of private mortgage insurers – Genworth Financial Canada, AIG and PMI Mortgage Insurance. The federal government guarantees the obligations of these mortgage insurers to lenders in the event of their not covering the costs of defaulted mortgages.
Effective October 15th, new federal rules will require that the loan-to-value ratios for federally-backed mortgages not exceed 95%, that amortization periods not exceed 35 years and that prospective borrowers have a minimum credit score of 620 and a debt service ratio (the percentage of income that goes to servicing existing debts and housing costs) of no more than 45%. The new rules will also require evidence of the reasonableness of the mortgaged property’s value and of the borrower’s source and level of income.
The new rule changes come at a time when Canadian real estate markets are already cooling off. Growth in housing prices showed a very moderate 1.1% year-over-year gain in May, according to the latest numbers from the Canadian Real Estate Association, as Canadian markets and consumer expectations have adjusted in response to the constant barrage of bad news about the worst U.S. housing market slump since the Great Depression and sobering forecasts about the state of a Canadian economy that is coming to grips with escalating energy and commodity prices.
The tightening of amortization periods and loan-to-value ratios will likely have a further dampening effect on Canadian housing markets, which already have sharply increased levels of resale and new home listings. However, this dampening effect may not be felt until after October 15th when the new rules come into effect. In the short term, the move to tighten mortgage lending standards could have the opposite effect – providing an impetus for Canadians to take the plunge into highly leveraged, no-money-down mortgages before the October 15th deadline.
(An October 15th implementation date was chosen to give home purchasers with mortgage pre-approvals the opportunity to exercise their options before the pre-approvals expire at the end of their usual 90-day term. Note, also, that the mortgages of existing home owners with high-ratio mortgages, amortization periods in excess of 35 years and substandard credit scores will be grandfathered under the new rules so that they will not be precluded from obtaining mortgage insurance when it comes time to refinance their homes.)
Industry feelings have been mixed about this latest move to ensure the solidity of Canada’s mortgages and housing markets. Most industry analysts applaud the move to ensure that Canadian home purchasers do not get sucked into the same speculative frenzy that fueled the meltdown of U.S housing prices when the sub-prime mortgage market unraveled. Other analysts seem to be expressing the view that this is a case of too-little-too-late or mere window dressing.
Derek Holt, Scotiabank’s vice president of economics, acknowledged that mortgage lending rules had been “modestly tightened” but noted that, “The changes are more about optics.” Meanwhile, a more pessimistic analysis came from BMO Nesbitt Burn’s deputy chief economist, who observed that the rule change is “a bit like closing the barn door after the horse has already run down the road.”
Canada’s mortgages and housing markets have not experienced the wild speculative bubble that erupted and burst south of our border, largely due to much more conservative lending practices here at home. Canadians were not privy to such innovative and speculative mortgage products as the so-called NINJA mortgages (“no income, no job, no assets), where borrowers could qualify for mortgages without adequate proof of income or employment that would enable then to afford the requisite mortgage payments, and only a small percentage of Canadians took out the sub-prime mortgages that scuppered U.S. markets. As a result, the percentage of Canadian mortgages in arrears are at the lowest levels – 0.27 per cent – they have been at since 1990, whereas Americans are facing mortgage foreclosures at a rate not seen since the Great Depression. This tightening of Canada’s mortgage insurance rules seem to be largely a pre-emptive move to reassure Canadian markets and ensure that Canadian home buyers do not go down the same path trodden by snake-bitten home buyers south of the border.

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May 15, 2018

How to Refinance Even After Bankruptcy

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If you have filed for bankruptcy in the past, then you already know how difficult it can be to get a refinance loan or a home equity loan. But if you are willing to take the time to dig a little deeper into the topic, you may be surprised at the number of very viable and downright attractive offers and options. The fact that you have a bankruptcy on your credit report or a past or existing debt consolidation loan does not seem to deter many lenders from various sources in the same way that it may cause traditional lenders to run for the hills.

In fact, many of these lenders are more than willing to offer you an attractive program or rate for a home equity loan or a refinance loan. The reason for this is that they have looked at the bankruptcy statistics and realize that the majority of people who filed bankruptcy did not do so out of their personal financial mismanagement, but more often due to an unexpected financial setback which was totally out of their control, such as a job layoff or huge and unexpected medical bills that your health insurance did not cover.

If your bankruptcy was in the very recent past, even with Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy filings, you may have to wait six months after you have filed to be eligible for all the programs that a potential lender may have to offer you.

Whether or not you have filed bankruptcy, you must realize that in most cases you are able to retain your home, where that is typically not one of the assets that needs to be liquidated to satisfy a bankruptcy judgment. In that light, you almost certainly have some equity in your home, so lenders will look at it as a loan they are making that already has a substantial piece of collateral on it, in the form of your home. In other words, when a lender makes a loan offer, one of the major factors that determines the program or rate they will offer you is their risk factor. That risk factor is partially determined by the applicant’s credit score, but it is also heavily influenced by the collateral that is used to secure the loan, so in the case of having your home equity loan or refinance loan secured by your house, the lender’s risk is minimal.

Even with the loan secured by your home, the fact that you did file bankruptcy will not go unnoticed by the lender. The worst thing you could possibly do is to try to cover it up, because that fact is highlighted in your credit report and is virtually impossible to hide. Based on your filing, you will likely need to pay a slightly higher interest rate that somebody else with perfect credit and no bankruptcy on their credit history, but even so, this could reduce your payments and give you a bit of financial breathing room as you are getting your financial act back in order.

Finding a lender who will consider you with a bankruptcy on your credit report is not hard, but you will need to look beyond the traditional lenders. There are actually companies who specialize in loans such as this. A bit of searching can yield just the right lender as you work towards rebuilding your excellent credit history and putting the bankruptcy behind you.

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May 8, 2018

Treatment of sickness and injury benefits on your tax return

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The following guidelines will help you in deciding the tax treatment on sickness and injury benefits:

You are entitled to a tax credit if you are permanently and totally disabled at the time of your retirement.

If you receive money for personal injury or sickness because of an accident on a health plan paid by your employer, you need to report such income on your tax return.  However, if you and your employer pay for the plan jointly, only the amount received by you on the basis of contribution from your employer will be treated as your income. If you receive any money by way of a reimbursement for medical expenses incurred by you after the plan was established, that money is not includible in your income.

If you paid the entire cost of such an insurance plan, the amounts received by you under such plan are not to be included on your tax return.

Cafeteria plans –if you are covered by a cafeteria plan, and the amount of insurance premium was not included in your income, IRS assumes that you have not paid for the premiums and so you have to include the benefits you receive out of such plan in your income.  However if the amount of premiums was already included in your income, you are assumed to have paid the premiums and consequently the benefits are not taxable.

If you receive money from a retirement or profit sharing plan, which is not providing for a disability retirement, it cannot be treated as disability pension.  Such payment must be reported as annuity or pension.  It has to be included in your income in the year of its receipt.

If you retire on disability, any payment which you receive towards accrued annual leave is regarded as a salary payment and not a disability payment.

When you retire on disability, the disability pension you receive under a plan which is paid by your employer is treated as your salary Up to the time you reach minimum retirement age.  Once you reach minimum retirement age, the payments received are taxable as a pension on annuity.

Various military and government disability pensions are not taxable.  The payments relating to service connected disability are excludible from your income.  If you receive a disability pension on the basis of years of service, that has to be included in your income.  However if it is a service connected disability, it is not to be included in income.  Similarly, disability benefits received from the VA are not to be included in your income.

A claim for the refund or credit must be filed within three years from the date return was filed.  However, if you are in receipt of a retroactive service connected disability rating determination, the limitation is extended by one more year from the date of determination.  So if you retired in 2004 and continue to receive a pension which was based on your years of service and later on July 10, 2008 you receive determination retroactive to 2004, you can claim a refund for the taxes paid on your pension for the years 2005, 2006 and 2007.  For this extended period of one year applies to all the claims for refund filed after June 17, 2008.

If you are in receipt of any payment for injuries resulting directly from a terrorist or a military action, such payments are not includible in your income.

Amounts received from long term care insurance contracts are not includible on your tax return as your income.  You must file form 8853 with your return to claim such exclusion.

The money received as workers’ compensation under the workers’ compensation act is fully excludible on your tax return.  However if you return to work later, the payments you receive by way of salary will be taxable.

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May 6, 2018

High Ratio Mortgages: Refinancing Options For Canadian Home Owners

With housing prices stalled, or even having falling in some local markets, Canadian home owners seeking mortgage refinancing and who are looking at a high ratio mortgage – i.e., home owners who are refinancing a mortgage where the mortgage exceeds 80% of a home’s current market value, or those looking at a second mortgage but who lack the requisite 20% down payment – need not be discouraged. Mortgage loan insurance is available, and affordable, commercially through the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), a federal crown corporation, or through private mortgage loan insurers such as Genworth Financial Canada.
Most federally regulated lending institutions in Canada – the banks, credit unions and caisses populaires that compete for the bulk of the Canadian mortgages market – are prohibited by regulations under the Canadian Bank Act from providing mortgages without mortgage loan insurance for amounts that exceed 80% of the value of the home or property purchases with less than a 20% down payment.
Homeowners who initially started out with a high ratio mortgage, or whose home equity is flirting with the 20% equity ratio under the Bank Act can readily access affordable mortgage loan insurance for high ratio mortgages. The CMHC explains that “mortgage loan insurance helps protects lenders against mortgage default, and enables consumers to purchase homes with little or no downpayment – with interest rates comparable to those with a 20% downpayment.” Similarly, mortgage insurance is available for high ratio second mortgages where home owners do not meet the 20% equity threshold and need financing but are unwilling or unable to renegotiate their first mortgage because the interest rate on their first mortgage loan is significantly lower than current interest rates, termination penalties are too high, or they would not re-qualify for the same mortgage amount today.
As with any other form of insurance, there are insurance premiums to be paid, although they need not be prohibitive nor unduly expensive. Insurance premiums for high ratio mortgage loans vary and can range between 0.65% and 2.75% depending upon how much of the home’s value is to be financed.
The structure and costs of a high ratio mortgage will, of course, vary between lenders, as will the price and coverage for mortgage loan insurance. The best step for a homeowner who is looking at his or her refinancing options and is at or past the cusp where mandatory mortgage insurance coverage kicks in, is to comparison shop with the assistance of an experienced mortgage broker. The options that are available when looking at refinancing a high ratio mortgage or financing a high ratio second mortgage can vary significantly between lenders and insurers.
Some options that are available to qualifying home owners who are looking at a high ratio second mortgage include:
– High Ratio, equity based 2nd mortgages up to 85%
– Insured second mortgages that are typically available for up to 95% of the property value;
– High-ratio second mortgages that are usually available for up to 100% of the property value, albeit with limited fees;
– Open 2nd mortgages and Lines of Credit typically available for up to 90% of the property value;
– Mortgage amortizations of up to 35 years, or interest only mortgages; and
– Loan terms ranging from 1 – 5 years.
Those homeowners who are looking at refinancing and are faced with the prospects of refinancing with high ratio mortgages, or who may be seeking second mortgage financing in order to avoid the real and hidden costs of refinancing their first mortgage, should seek the services of an accredited Canadian mortgage broker so that they can investigate the full range of mortgage and insurance options that are available to them.

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April 6, 2018

Mortgage Calculator and Fixed Rate Mortgages

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A mortgage calculator is a useful tool to help we budget for our new mortgage. A good mortgage calculator allows us to calculate our monthly payments based on our desired interest rate, taxes, and insurance. Here is how this useful tool can help we avoid common mistakes when refinancing our mortgage.

Mortgage calculators can provide us valuable information about our mortgage. A good mortgage calculator will show us monthly payment information and amortization tables to help us understand how our mortgage works. Amortization with a mortgage calculator describes the process of paying interest and principle graphically; using a mortgage calculator can help us get our head around a complicated financial concept like amortization.

In many parts of the country the average price for a home has gone up significantly over the past few years. This makes it difficult for many people to qualify for the financing they need using a traditional mortgage lender. Many of these individuals have turned to 80/20 mortgages to secure 100 percent of the mortgage financing they need.

Internet mortgage leads are indispensable for mortgage lending companies and brokers. The mortgage leads are lifelines to their business. That’s why they always look for qualified and cost-effective Internet mortgage leads. Borrowers often search for mortgage lending companies on the web. Initially they get in touch with the lead generation companies with their loan requests. They submit their requests to the mortgage lead generation companies by filling out an online application form. The lead generation companies send the applications, after screening them carefully, to the mortgage brokers and lending companies. Here the screening is necessary to ascertain the reliability of the loan application. The mortgage applications then become leads. Mortgage brokers and lending companies in turn contact the borrower via e-mail or telephone.

Lead generation companies use advanced technology to find suitable Internet mortgage leads. Here the quality of Internet mortgage leads depends on how sophisticated the lead generation process is. Mortgage-generating companies always aim to offer suitable and profitable mortgage leads to lending companies.

The major advantage of a fixed rate mortgage is that it presents a predictable housing cost for the life of the loan. A fixed rate mortgage guarantees that our interest rate stays the same, which means that our monthly principle and interest payments through the entire term of the mortgage remain unchanged. With a fixed rate mortgage, our monthly payments would only increase due to increases in property taxes or insurance rates.

In general, fixed rate mortgages are seen as the safer alternative to an adjustable rate mortgage. An ARM is considered riskier than a fixed rate mortgage because our payment may change significantly. If we have an ARM, it may be best to lock in a fixed rate mortgage now, in advance of our current loan adjustment.

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March 26, 2018

Mortgage Brokers in Australia

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Mortgage Brokers In Australia most people go to mortgage brokers to get access to a greater range of mortgage options, for better service and for the mortgage broker’s ability to negotiate with lenders. A mortgage broker offers loans from a panel of financial institutions, including banks and non-banks. In Australia there are literally hundreds of lenders with many options, that were traditionally available in the past and competition amongst lenders for customers is fierce with new home loan products available every day. Using a mortgage broker is now an essential part of sourcing the market for the right home loan. In plain terms, mortgage brokers evaluate your situation against the 20 or 30 lenders on their panel for the best deal. Specialised mortgage lenders offer competitive products to first home buyers, self employed and business people, retirees, new Australians and immigrants, previous bankrupts and people with a bad or poor credit history. One of the great advantages of using a good mortgage broker is that they have access to many of these lenders and their products. The mortgage broker should be able to provide you with the cheapest home loan to the most competitive home loan in the current financial market. The mortgage broker should be able to provide you with at least three options of which lender suits you best. The mortgage broker should be able to explain in detail each home loan product he/she is offering and why they have chosen these home loan options for you. The options the mortgage broker provided is from the information that you have provided to them. This will show if the mortgage broker has done their homework correctly. Mortgage Brokers usually run their own businesses. Lenders work with mortgage brokers because they effectively give the lender a bigger “shop front” without carrying a traditional employee or “bricks and mortar” overhead. Some lenders like Citibank, ING, Macquarie Bank and Heritage have few or no branches and partly rely on mortgage brokers to represent their products. Other lenders like CBA, Westpac, ANZ, NAB and St George have their own branch networks, but simply extend their access to Customers through the mortgage broker network. The lender pays the broker fees or commissions for your business. Just as if you were dealing with a bank manager or lender, these fees do not change the interest rate you pay on a home loan. To be sure you are being recommended to the right lender, just ask your mortgage broker to show you all the lenders on their panel, and what your loan options would be, against each lender’s criteria. What a Broker should do for you When you first meet with a broker, they should always start by asking you to explain your entire finance situation, including future plans. Little things can make a big difference to making sure you get the right home loan for your situation now and with flexibility for future changes. Have your key documents on hand to refer to when meeting with the broker so you can give the most accurate details to ensure you get the right home loan. Your Mortgage Broker should: Discuss and confirm loan scenarios and options in writing Explain all documents of the loan application and assist in completing the loan application Explain the loan process, from start of the application to closing Explain all associated costs, fees and disbursements of the loan application Communicate with you throughout the loan process Follow up the lender for you from application through conditional and on to unconditional approval Negotiate with their lender or lenders to achieve the best deal How do I know a mortgage broker is any good? Establish the right mortgage broker for you and check his/hers experience and qualifications. A good mortgage broker will be committed to the industry’s code of practice. It is vital to ensure you’re getting the best loan for your needs. Below is a checklist that will help you know if your mortgage broker is a good person For residential loans, all of the mortgage broker’s services should be free – remember mortgage broker’s are paid commissions from the lenders The right mortgage broker will take the time to really understand your entire finance situation, both now and into the future Your mortgage broker should have a range of home loans from a wide variety of lenders, for example, banks and non-banks, conforming and non-conforming lenders Check that your mortgage broker is not just an agent for one lender Check the qualifications and experience of your mortgage broker, even ask for references from previous borrowers Is the mortgage broker a member of MFAA – Mortgage & Finance Association of Australia / FBAA – Finance Brokers Association Australia Ensure your mortgage broker discloses all commission and payments received by the lenders Ask your mortgage broker to show you how the loans they offer compare to your own situation (on a computer). Good mortgage brokers should have the appropriate software and be able to clearly outline options requested by you Ask your mortgage broker how they comply with the Privacy Act to ensure security of your personal and financial details Your mortgage broker should have appropriate insurances (for example Public Indemnity Insurance Cover) A good mortgage broker should be able to explain the most complex loans in simple plain English In conclusion you would like to have trust in the Mortgage Broker that you will use. It is important that you take your “gut instinct” when you are choosing a Mortgage Broker. You want to make sure that you like the person and ensure that the Mortgage Broker will do the ring thing for you. It does not hurt to ask the Mortgage Broker for testimonials (what other customer have said about them)

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March 20, 2018

An Explanation of a Residential Mortgage

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Buying a home is one of the most important decisions that most people will make in their lives. It’s likely to be the most expensive asset that most people will ever purchase. With the average home costing the equivalent of several years’ salary, it’s very rare that anyone can save enough money to pay for their residence with savings. The only option that most people have when they’re ready to buy a house is to borrow money in order to pay for it. A loan that is taken out in order to buy a home is known as a residential mortgage. If you’re planning to buy a home, it’s important to understand what a mortgage is and how it works. A mortgage is a secured loan. There are two basic kinds of loans – unsecured and secured. An unsecured loan is money that is lent without any sort of collateral, simply on the good credit of the borrower and their promise to repay it. If the borrower defaults on the loan (fails to make the required payments), the only way for the lender to get its money back is to sue the borrower in court. A secured loan is one where the borrower guarantees payment by putting up collateral. If the borrower fails to make the payments as promised, the bank or lending company has the right to take possession of the collateral and sell it to recover their money. A mortgage is a secured loan in which the house serves as collateral. When you take out a mortgage on a home, you sign a mortgage note that essentially gives the bank partial ownership of the house. Until you make the final payment on your mortgage, the bank or lending company has the right to foreclose on your home if you fail to make the scheduled payments on your loan. That means that they can take possession of your house and sell it to recover any money that’s still owed to them on the loan.The mortgage rate is the interest that you pay on your loan. When you borrow money, the bank charges interest on the money lent to you. The interest is expressed as a percentage of the amount that you borrow multiplied by the length of time you take to pay it back. The length of time that it takes you to pay back the loan is called the term of the loan. Most lenders offer mortgages for terms of twenty years, thirty years or forty years. Some lenders offer mortgages for as short a term as ten years, and the most common term for a mortgage is thirty years. There are many different kinds of residential mortgages. The best known are fixed rate mortgages (FRM) and adjustable rate mortgages (ARM). They are exactly what the names say. If you take out a fixed rate mortgage, your interest rate is guaranteed to stay the same for the life of the loan. If your mortgage rate at signing is 6.25%, it will remain 6.25% until the entire mortgage is paid off. An adjustable rate mortgage is one where the mortgage rate can change based on an index of some sort. If that index goes up, your interest rate goes up. If it drops, the interest rate drops. There are advantages and disadvantages to both kinds of mortgages. Because a fixed rate mortgage offers a guarantee against interest rate increases, the interest rate usually starts out higher than the mortgage rate for an ARM for the same amount and term. An ARM will spell out specific conditions under which the interest rate can be changed. Generally, the rate is reconsidered every three, six or twelve months. Some ARMs have low initial rates that are guaranteed for a specific period of time – generally two to five years. After the initial period, the interest rate is subject to adjustment according to a specified schedule.Mortgages carry other costs and fees in addition to the interest charged. In addition to the interest, most loans also have other costs and fees associated with them. Those costs are often payable at closing, though they are frequently financed and added to the amount of money borrowed for the mortgage. Other costs must be paid before the loan is closed. The costs may include loan origination fees, a loan broker’s fee, the cost of private mortgage insurance and legal fees. Paying those costs up front can reduce the interest rate as well as the total cost of the loan.Buying points can reduce the interest rate and the cost of your mortgage. There are a number of ways that you can reduce the total cost of a mortgage. One of the most common is called “buying points”. When you buy or pay for points on your mortgage, you are paying part of the interest up front. One point will cost you 1% of the face value of the loan. If you’re taking out a mortgage for $100,000, you’ll pay $1,000 a point. For each point that you pay on your mortgage, the lender will reduce the interest rate by a certain amount. The exact amount varies from lender to lender. You can find mortgage points calculators online to help you decide whether or not paying points is a good idea in your situation.

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March 10, 2018

Get a Debt Consolidation Loan and Manage Your Money

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Debt Consolidation Loan is the most common and the most sought after debt relief option. To put it in simpler terms, it means obtaining a big loan, to pay off all the other remaining loans. Debt consolidation loan is often accompanied by lower monthly payments and longer repayment period.

There are two types of consolidation loans- secured and unsecured. The most commonly used type of loan is the secured debt consolidation loan that uses something of a significant value as a security. Most of the borrowers keep their houses as a security with the lenders. Secured loans are less risky for lenders and that’s the reason why they offer a lower rate of interest to the borrower on the loan amount.

The unsecured debt consolidation can be availed without placing any asset as collateral. Usually the interest rates charged on the loan is high. Another disadvantage is the restriction placed on the amount of loan that is available for borrowing. Unsecured loan is the best option for the individuals who live with their parents, or the tenants or people who have no legal title over any property.

Nowadays, consumers have a wide range of options to select debt consolidation service providers. So, shop around to find a program that is in sync with your needs. Local credit unions and the banks you already have a business with are a good place to start. These are reliable sources and in all probabilities you are likely to get a fair deal.

One must be extremely careful while selecting a debt consolidation provider. There are many con artists out there who run fly-by-night agencies, such agencies ask up front payment from the consumers and run away with the money. Thus, it is advisable to keep your eyes open and be aware of the laws. The law in this case says that in U.S. and Canada it is illegal for any debt consolidation provider to call you and promise you a loan and later on ask for a hefty up front fee even before providing any service.

You should be wary of the organizations that advertise themselves as non profit debt consolidation agencies. The FTC has penalized several so-called non-profits, which were funneling funds to a for-profit agency.

You should investigate the debt consolidation agencies that claim that they can remove all your negative information that are accurate from your credit report but they want you to apply for your credit report and send a copy to them.

Some services promise not only to consolidate debts but also offer insurance and other investments at the same time. They will offer you reduced monthly payment on a condition that you have to buy insurance or mutual funds from them. You should stay away from such services.

Thus, it is advisable to do a proper research work before zeroing in on a debt consolidation provider. Look up companies at your State Attorney General’s office and also with the Better Business Bureau (BBB).

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This article is written by Jason Holmes, a community writer of Debt consolidation care. Jason Holmes has been writing on debt settlement, debt consolidation, credit card debt, debt consolidation loan and various other financial aspects.

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