Debt Settlement Information

Debt Settlement Information

Debt Settlement Programs That Work: Why Trusted Debt Settlement Programs Can Be Exactly What You Need In Your Life! Debt Settlement, also known as Debt Consolidation, is the process of paying less than is owed on credit cards and other unsecured debts, by negotiating with your creditors. Secured debts such as student loans, auto loans, and home mortgages unfortunately do not qualify for such programs. You will need to be in default on your current loans to utilize any debt settlement program and be able to gain the leverage needed to negotiate with your creditors. Typically, debts can be reduced by 40-70%.   Debt Settlement FAQ’s:   Does Debt Settlement Work?:   Yes! However, debt settlement isn’t for everyone. Debt settlement is designed for those who can no longer make their payments, already behind on their payments, or even considering bankruptcy. Debt settlement, when done properly, is a very safe alternative to bankruptcy. Debt settlement may not be an ideal option for those with very little debt. On average, a debt settlement client has $30,000 of unsecured debt.   Does Debt Settlement Hurt Your Credit?:   Debt Settlement is listed on your credit report, so yes, it will definitely impact your score. Debt settlement only works once you’ve been in default on your loans, because if you’re still current, creditors are unlikely to want to work and negotiate with you. Even though debt settlement can adversely affect your credit score, when compared to filing bankruptcy, debt settlement is far less detrimental to your score.   Is Debt Settlement Better Than Bankruptcy?:   Like we’ve discussed Bankruptcy, comparing debt settlement to bankruptcy, should be on a case by case basis. They both have their pro’s, and they both have their con’s. Bankruptcy will offer you legal protection under the court so that you don’t have to worry about being sued or harassed by creditors during the bankruptcy process. Debt settlement does not provide the guaranteed legal protection that bankruptcy does, however most reputable debt settlement companies will work to assist you in minimizing creditor calls and harassment where they’re able to.   Obviously there’s much to consider when deciding which route to take between bankruptcy and debt settlement. Our recommendation is to speak directly to a bankruptcy attorney to make sure you understand all the ins and outs of the process. This will help you make a more informed decision and...

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How Do Events Impact Your Credit Score?

How Do Events Impact Your Credit Score?

So how does foreclosure impact your credit score?  What about other damaging item like Bankruptcy? Until recently the credit agencies have been very secretive about what will happen to your FICO score after you start to fall behind on your payments. Just recently Fair Isaac, which is the company that developed FICO scores, has come out with some estimates (averages) on how your credit score will be impacted based upon mortgage delinquency. Here are their numbers… 30 days late: 40 – 110 points 90 days late: 70 – 135 points Foreclosure, Short sale, or Deed-in-Lieu: 85 – 160 points Bankruptcy: 130 – 240 points   Fair Isaac came up with these numbers based upon averages of different types of people, some of which had multiple (7-10) creditors and some with much less (1-4). They also factored in length of credit history, number of past missed payments and previous damaged accounts. As you can see the credit penalty to your FICO score becomes much more dramatic once you get 90 days or more behind on payments. This is due to the likelihood of full payment decreasing after this time. Also these point losses affect someone with a higher score much more dramatically than someone with a sub-par score to start with. So how do these FICO scores affect your personal finances? Well the average savings for someone with a good vs. mediocre credit score for auto insurance is about $115 a year. I’m not sure what type of car you drive but I’m sure that is at least a couple extra tanks of gas per year or a nice dinner on a birthday or anniversary. Point being everyone could use an extra $115 dollars. Now if auto insurance was the only thing affected by FICO scores… How about home owners insurance, car loans, home loans, renting an apartment, or getting a new job. Credit scores affect your personal life in so many different ways. When you apply for a loan or job, remember that every point counts!...

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