Debt Repayment Plan
One of the first alternatives that people consider for debt repayment goes by virtually the same name – a debt repayment plan. Also known also as debt settlement, or a debt management plan, it utilizes negotiation to lower your debt load to a realistic amount.
A debt repayment plan begins with enrollment in a debt management company. You will cease making monthly payments at this time to your individual creditors, and instead will save up your money in a special “settlement” account. Meanwhile, an agent working on your behalf will negotiate with your creditors to “settle” your debt for an amount that is less than your total balance. Because they do not want you to file bankruptcy, creditors often agree to settle.
Once the money in your account has reached the settlement amount for a particular creditor, that creditor is paid off and your debt is considered paid-in-full. The process then continues with your other creditors.
Debt repayment plans are a good option for those individuals who cannot afford the debts that they have incurred and who wish to avoid bankruptcy. There are a wide variety of companies from which you may choose… all with greatly varying amounts of integrity.
You might consider working with a “non-profit” company or a “Christian” company, but do not allow such labels alone to convince you that a company either is legitimate or your best option. Instead, check all companies of interest with the Better Business Bureau and ask others for recommendations.
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Debt Consolidation Loan
A debt consolidation loan is not necessarily easy to obtain, but it is a great option for some people. If you realistically are able to pay off your debts but are trying to balance a number of different confusing bills and payments each month, then a debt consolidation loan might be your best repayment option.
Such loans are used to combine various unsecured loans into one. Debt consolidation loans may be either secured or unsecured, but secured loans are much easier to obtain because they are less risky for lenders. Home equity loans and home equity lines of credit are types of secured loans that are used commonly for consolidation. Personal loans are an example of unsecured loans that often are used for consolidation by individuals with excellent credit.
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For individuals who have debts to repay and are feeling overwhelmed or do not know where to begin, credit counseling could be your answer. When you work with a credit counselor, he or she should help you to come up with a payment strategy for your immediate financial situation, and to offer you educate and advice on planning for the future.
Credit counseling should be a very personalized service, and any counselor worthy of your time and money will be interested in your unique situation. If a counselor fails to give you options and tries to push you into cookie-cutter solution, then he is not doing his job and you should seek help elsewhere.
Just as is the case with debt management companies, you will want to check potential credit counselors with the Better Business Bureau. You also should compare fees and services ahead of time, because even those organizations that claim to be “non-profit” may be more than you afford.
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