Introduction to Debt Consolidation in Canada for Retirees

Living on a fixed income can be very financially stressful with the ever increasing cost of everyday living. Are you aware that Canadians over 65 have been getting more in debt lately? This data was shared in a September 2017 report by Equifax Canada and could be a significant factor why more retired Canadians are turning to taking loans for debt consolidation to help them with managing their finances.

What is Debt Consolidation?

Debt consolidation is a way to reduce the amount of money you pay for interest on a monthly basis by turning multiple loans into one that typically comes with lower interest as well as more convenient single-bill monthly payments. Would’t it make your life a lot easier if you only have one loan bill to pay instead of several?

Debt consolidation with a home equity loan will allow you to accomplish the above while making use of your home equity in a smart way!

Why Consolidate Debt?

Debt consolidation in Canada is done for many reasons which include the following:

Get rid of the stress associated with paying payday loans.

It is not a secret that elderly Canadians go for payday loans to get by when they have unexpected bills. The problem is that they usually end up taking another payday loan the next month to try to make it until the month after because of high-interest.

Paying overdue bills

Unpaid bills can severely damage credit score and accrue penalties or fees, not to mention that they can be very stressful. Paying overdue bills with the use of debt consolidation loan can help you regain financial stability faster.

Manage other loans better

Manage high-interest loans such as some lines of credit, personal loans, and the like by paying them off and saying goodbye to having to pay their rates per month. Imagine saving money on interest and instead, your money actually going towards the payment of your debt.

Eliminate credit card debt

Credit card debt has a tendency to accumulate and get even bigger as the interest gets added up to the total monthly. Paying them off is a smart move.

Get to own your expensive purchase outright

Be it a car or a state-of-the-art home addition, buying things on credit or amortization basis can wreak havoc on your finances if not kept in check. Paying for them with a debt consolidation loan means you won’t have worry about future bills and getting to own your prized purchase right away.

Be able to afford more things in life

Because debt consolidation can save you hundreds of dollars per month in terms of interest saved, you’ll be better prepared to handle unexpected expenses with your new savings or even save up for a dream vacation. That’s called making money work for you!

Looking for a way to reduce financial stress? Debt consolidation might be the right financial solution for you! If you own your home and willing to talk about ways to tap your home equity, contact us and we’ll be happy to discuss your options!

 

How to Use Your Home Equity to Consolidate Your Debt

Debt in Canada has reached a record high. Canadians now owe $1.7 for ever $1 of disposable income, as shared by Statistics Canada. These numbers are alarming and it is a consolation that our housing market is strong. You might love to know that there’s a huge possibility that you’ve built up more equity than what you initially thought.

Equity built up in your home can be used to help you get out of debt if you use it the smart way. It isn’t easy to get out of debt when you’re simply trying to stay afloat keeping up with paying high interest consumer debts like credit cards and auto loans. Why not borrow your home equity to consolidate your debts then?

Why Borrow Your Home Equity?

It sounds counterproductive to borrow money to pay off debt, but know that using your home equity to consolidate debt means swapping huge interest-rate debts for one with very low interest rate. It helps too that once you do this, you’ll only have one easy monthly payment to think of instead of trying to track several.

Consolidating debts using home equity isn’t a new concept, but not many are aware of the different ways this can be achieved. We’ll talk about those ways below.

Apply for a Second Mortgage

A home equity loan, also called a second mortgage, is one of the easiest ways for you to use your home’s equity for debt consolidation. It will also allow you to use up to 85% of your property’s appraised value minus any outstanding mortgage balance from your first mortgage.

Getting a second mortgage will enable you to get a fixed amount of money that you can pay for a fixed amount of time as stated in your loan. It doesn’t replace your first mortgage so you’ll be responsible for making 2 payments per month once approved but the benefits are immense!

The interest rate of a second mortgage is really low so most of the payment you’ll be making will go towards the repayment of the loan. Compare that with credit card interest of about 30% and you can see that by not consolidating you are actually paying nothing but the interest in your credit card.

Get a Home Equity Line of Credit

Applying for a HELOC to use your home’s equity for debt consolidation is another smart move. It is different to a second mortgage because this one doesn’t give you access to funds in a lump sum, rather this gives you a limit as to how much of your home’s equity you can use. You are free to use as little or all of that limited amount at any given time.

Because of the revolving credit nature of a HELOC, you are free to use a huge chunk of it to consolidate debt, pay off a portion of that, and take out small amounts for emergencies and the like. This option gives you more flexibility and freedom as compared to a second mortgage.

Try a Traditional Line of Credit

A traditional line of credit could be great but know that it is very challenging to qualify for. You’ll need an impeccable credit history and possess a great credit score. We all know that most of those who have a lot of loans don’t have that, to begin with.

Need more information about how you can effectively consolidate debt? Contact us and we’ll be sure to discuss possible mortgage related financing options for you.