Debt Settlement For Consumers – Learn How to Negotiate With Your Financial Institution

Debt settlement for consumers has fast replaced the option of bankruptcy after the Federal economy was hit by recession. This is because of the fact that the option of bankruptcy had a number of problems which affected the consumers for years. Once the consumers filed for bankruptcy, they lost their credit score and they could not borrow any further money from the creditors for the coming 7-10 years and this happened because of the fact that the report of bankruptcy filing continued to show up on the credit history for that period of time.

Even after that period, the consumers became sub-prime consumers and they could get further credit but at rates of interest which were higher than the market rates of interest. Also, bankruptcy took a very long time and there are legal hassles associated with the same. These are ruled out in settlement. The consumers can get up to 70% elimination of debt without any legal hassles and they do not lose their credibility. It is because of these reasons that debt settlement for consumers became popular.

For negotiating a settlement deal with the creditor, you will need to have an overall credit debt of $10,000 or more and also, you need to make sure that the debt is consolidated in one single place. It is advised that you hire a professional debt settlement company for negotiating with the creditor. This is because of the fact that a professional company has a complete knowledge of the banking system and knows exactly how much to push the creditors to get a good deal for you.

The negotiator from the company will advise you to stop paying the creditor. After you do so, the creditor will wait for 3-4 months and then sell off the debt to a collection agency for 20-30 cents on the dollar. The negotiator will then get in touch with the creditor physically and offer a better deal of 30-50 cents on each dollar. The negotiator also threatens the creditor of bankruptcy in case the lender declines the offer. The creditor agrees on the ground that the deal will mean 100% ROI for the collection agency and eliminate at least 50% of the debt that you have. This is how you negotiate with your financial institution.

Are Our Financial Institutions Setting Us Up?

Yesterday, I attempted to pay a property insurance bill that was coming due. I called the insurance company. “I’d like to make a payment on my property insurance,”

“We don’t take payments over the phone,” She replied.

“So how should I make payment?” I asked.

“Well, you can come into the office or you can make payment on-line,” the woman informed me. Driving to her office was definitely out of the question since her office was at the other end of the county. With credit/debit card in hand I went online to make payment. There I learned that the website of the insurance company did not take credit or debit cards. You could only pay if you gave your bank routing and bank account number. It seemed strange that an insurance company would not take a debit card. It also unnerved me that entering my bank account number gave direct access to my bank account. I needed to pay the bill so I went ahead and entered my financial information. To protect myself, I transferred funds so that just the proper amount was in my account. That next day I looked into my account to confirm that they received the payment. That payment had not been taken out but some money was missing from my account. When I called the bank I learned that two unauthorized items came through, yet, the insurance payment did not come through. Frustrated that I could not force the insurance company to send the payment through I focused on stopping the unauthorized items.

As I thought back over the years, I remembered the frustration in attempting to pay off my mortgage. That was my Christmas gift to myself, I wrote a check to the mortgage company for the full amount of the remaining balance. That made me feel better than any Christmas gift I could have received. Several weeks into January I received the check back from the mortgage company saying that the check was short several hundred dollars. Frustrated that I had not achieved my goal of paying off my mortgage by the December year-end, I rewrote the check for the proper amount. A month later it came back again saying it was a few dollars short. This went on for four months. I could not force them to keep the check. “I’ll write another check for the difference.” But they refused.

That was over ten years ago but negative items still pop up on my credit report that I was four months late making my mortgage payment. I didn’t realize until I went to finance my car loan how that item could cause my interest rate to rise.

Then I thought back to the notice from the IRS that my identity had been stolen. Before that I wondered who was in charge of things, when the ink on the receipts I stored for my year-end taxes had worn off by the time I needed to file my returns. It also seemed strange that instead of me and my neighbor both filing taxes in Atlanta, (like we always had in the past) one return went to Atlanta, while the other return went to Austin. I was told that the returns can go to any office now. That sounded pretty wild for a business operation. Again, I wondered who is in charge of things or who is behind the curtains operating the levers.

I headed to the IRS office early in the morning thinking that I would beat the crowd. The office doesn’t open until 8:30 but when I got there at 7:30 the line was already around the corner. As I talked to people in line, everyone was there for the same reason, identity theft. One woman told me she got there the day before at 1:00 p.m. but the line was so long, they told her to come back that next morning. “What is going on?” I wondered. Finally, when I spoke with the representative he gave me a slip of paper and told me to file my return, and if I owed to pay, by mail to some address in the Midwest.

Now, I never sympathized with the tax protesters who claimed that paying taxes was unconstitutional, but something about this was not right. “My personal information that is in the IRS computers has been compromised and there is nothing you can do,” I confirmed. “Now, you want me to send a payment to some address even though a return has been filed in my name? Is there a person I can talk to?”

“Nope, just wait for a reply.”

“Well then, I guess that solves everything.” A part of me was ready to go, I had spent half the morning and gotten nowhere. “Wait a minute,” another part of me wanted some answers.

A part of me is saddened. I know how to live within a budget and sacrifice to get the things I really want. But, if my financial institutions worked with me I could be so much more successful.

Unsecured Debts – How to Negotiate With Financial Institutions to Eliminate Unsecured Debts

The economic depression in the form of recession has created a very negative impact on every individual so as on the countries and even the countries with great economic background are also suffering from the strong hit of recession. People are really getting a very hard time when it comes to earning money: business are going in crisis, people are losing their jobs or getting being hired on less wages.

At this stage, the condition of banks and financial institution are not in a strong position as well. They are trying to recover the money which they given to their customers in form of loans. Since the customers are victims of recession they are unable to pay back the monthly installment and bills regularly. And this is the main reason why the person is under the pressure of debt.

There are many different ways to come out of the situation of unsecured debt. The lender and the borrower both come up on a mutual point where they negotiate with each other. This is the only way which can be helpful and beneficial for both parties. This way, the lender is paying off his liabilities in small amount of installment and the creditor is also receiving the actual amount. The unsecured debt negotiation is getting very popular nowadays. The people are starting to prefer this option as this is more convenient and besides this option there is no way left for the customers.

This option is all for those people who really do not want to make their reputation bad or ruin their financial image and status; in short, they do no want to file for bankruptcy and in order to protect oneself from any bad situation, individuals must opt for negotiations for the settlement of debts. If one had a good credit score then he can easily ask his creditor to provide help and support to him. It means that all those borrowers who are paying their monthly installment regularly and on time have earned a good credit score and they can easily ask for unsecured debt negotiation.