Customized financing to consolidate high-interest debt or fund major purchases or expenses.

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Tailored for entrepreneurs that want to establish additional active and passive income streams.

Tailored for entrepreneurs that want to establish additional active and passive income streams.

 

 

 

Customized financing to consolidate high-interest debt or fund major purchases or expenses.

April 4, 2022

Does Debt Consolidation Loan Affect Your Credit Score? | BHG Financial

Will debt consolidation affect my loan

A debt consolidation loan may affect your credit score negatively at first if the lender you choose performs a hard inquiry, also known as a hard pull of your credit. However, if you pay back your loan promptly without missing any payments, you could build up your score over time.

If a negative impact on your credit score is a concern, consider working with a lender like BHG Financial. We don’t perform a hard pull of your credit for our personal loans until the funding stage of the loan process. This means submitting an application will have no impact on your credit score1. For our business loans, we don’t perform a hard pull at any point in the loan process, so your credit won’t be affected.

Regarding hard inquiries, when performed, these will appear on your credit history for up to 2 years. But keep this in mind: Lenders will be more likely to be concerned if you have multiple hard inquiries in a short period than just one because this may indicate that you need money fast and may not be able to pay it back.

In any case, as mentioned before, a single hard inquiry will likely not be viewed as a red flag by lenders. In fact, when you’re shopping around for a new loan, lenders may expect to see a hard inquiry or two on your report already.

It is also important to remember that your total credit score is made up of numerous factors, including how many loans you have, which debts you pay off regularly, and other financial factors. So, although there may be a negative impact on your credit score, it is temporary, and other factors exist that can help offset that change.

You can build up your credit score by taking the right steps with a personal debt consolidation loan.

Here’s one way this is possible.

By consolidating revolving credit debt (like credit card debt) through an installment credit (like a loan), you decrease your credit utilization ratio. A lower credit utilization ratio means that you’re using less credit than the total amount available to you, which is a good thing from a credit perspective.

Your credit score may also improve if you pay your debt consolidation loan on time each month. Each payment is reported back to the credit bureaus and may help increase your score. It is a slow process, but your score may increase over time if you keep up with your payments.

Now you know how a personal debt consolidation loan can affect your credit score—both negatively and positively. If you’re looking to consolidate your debt with a loan that provides flexibility and one affordably low monthly payment, call our team to speak to a loan specialist or use our Payment Estimator to see how affordable your monthly payment could be.

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1 There is no impact on your credit for applying. For personal loans, a complete credit history, which will appear as an inquiry on your credit report, will be performed upon acceptance and funding of the loan and may impact your credit.

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