Debt consolidation is a method of combining all your bills and debts into one monthly payment. By doing so, you not only rid yourself of numerous smaller payments to various creditors each month, but you may also be able to lower your total monthly payments, acquire lower interest rates, and possibly gain tax advantages. Debt consolidation is usually considered an important step in establishing a good credit profile when you're applying for a home loan. Mortgage lenders tend to react more favorably if they see you're not overextending yourself with several credit card balances. A single monthly payment appears more manageable, especially if you are planning to take on mortgage payments on top of it. Furthermore, lenders recognize that most people who enter a debt consolidation program are trying to repay their financial obligations in good faith. Remember that debt consolidation requires strong discipline on your part. Once you consolidate your debts, you must maintain the discipline it takes to stop spending with credit, or you might end up deeper in debt than you were before. Keep in mind that defaulting on a consolidated loan could result in the ruin of your credit and affect your chances of qualifying for a home loan in the future.
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