If you think you might be able to pay off your debt consolidation loan early, check to see if there are any penalties for doing this.
Rather than making lots of separate payments to different lenders every month, you’ll only have to pay your consolidation loan provider.
With each separate existing loan you look to pay off with your consolidation loan, check whether there are any early repayment charges – and, if so, factor them into your calculations.
The areas where most people struggle with debt include East London’s Barking and Dagenham, Newham and Tower Hamlets, while Sandwell and Nottingham also have high proportions of individuals with problem debt.
As densely populated inner-city areas, this suggests that indebtedness may skew to an urban demographic.
If you see any loans that are secured, you should be wary of them.
A secured loan is when the debt is held against an asset (usually property) – think carefully before securing other debts against your home because your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on a mortgage or any other debt secured on it.Most debt consolidation loans are unsecured, which means they are issued according to your creditworthiness.If you have bad credit, you may find it hard to get an unsecured loan and you might want to consider loans for poor credit instead.This is unsurprising: just as income generally rises with age, so do outgoing costs, such as mortgages and credit card debts.However, it's also true that young families are particularily vulnerable to debt, which might account for why the 25-44 age band tends to require higher loan amounts.It allows us to use your personal circumstances to see your eligibility for loans – but this is not a guarantee of acceptance and should be used as a guide only.