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What you should know about balance transfer deals?

Answered on | Updated on July 19th, 2011
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Everyone has heard about balance transfer deals. It is a word that credit card users keep hearing again and again. You may have wondered what it is or wanted to opt for a good deal on it. It is a good idea if you are accumulating a lot of bills on your credit card and want to pay it off. It is not the wisest choice for someone who is trying to juggle too many things at once. Most people get very restless when they get a 0 % on balance transfer deals.  However, bear in mind that there are many conditions that come with a balance transfer deal that you should investigate carefully before making a final decision.

When you are looking at transferring the amount from a higher interest card to a lower interest one, make sure that you know the interest rate will stay low for a certain period. There are numerous cards out there offering this service and many people don’t realize what the best one is until much later. Make sure you know what charges will be incurred and also if you can transfer the entire amount you wish to.

When you opt for a balance transfer card, also consider how it is going to affect future purchases. Sometimes the lowered interest rates are applicable only to the new card and not to the old one. Consider this factor when you decide on a suitable new card. If you have a higher interest rate on new purchases, refrain from using the card after the balance transfer has been done. Applying for balance transfers is never too complicated. You can easily opt for them either online or offline.

Make sure you are aware of all the offers available in the market. Speak to some banks and also check out the online deals and mailers. Ensure that your balance transfer goal is met with, which is to pay off the amount that is owed first. Also check if the balance transfer fees are large or if any other hidden charges are applicable over time. Gather maximum information before making a final decision. Ensure that you also know the interest rate increase that may happen eventually. Most credit card companies don’t let customers know the whole truth about this, so you will have to figure it out on your own. Know everything before choosing a balance transfer deal.

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Intro APR on Balance Transfer: 0% 15 months on Balance Transfers

Ongoing APR on Balance Transfer: 15.49% - 25.49% (Variable)

Balance Transfer Fee: 3% of each balance transfer; $5 minimum.

Excellent, Good Credit

Intro APR on Balance Transfer: 0% Intro APR for 12 months

Ongoing APR on Balance Transfer: Variable APR of 15.24%, 19.24% or 25.24%

Balance Transfer Fee: Either $10 or 4%, whichever is greater, will apply on each balance transfer and credit card check

Good, Excellent Credit
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Intro APR on Balance Transfer: 0% 18 months on Balance Transfers*

Ongoing APR on Balance Transfer: 15.99% - 25.99% (Variable)

Balance Transfer Fee: 3% of each balance transfer; $5 minimum.

Excellent, Good Credit

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