More and more people these days are finding themselves struggling with debt. While there are a lot of options to help people get back on their feet, none of them make the process truly simple or easy. It’s up to you to take a hard look at your situation and figure out the solution that works for you, even if it takes work. If you’ve got a decent credit history or happen to own a home, things will be less difficult for you. If you don’t fall into those categories, things will be rougher, but not hopeless.
Debt consolidation and home equity loans are options you should consider first, if you can manage them. Those are things anyone can do personally with no special assistance to reduce their debt, if they know how to use the services correctly. If not, then you might want to consult a debt management service to help you out.
Companies for managing and consolidating debt have really proliferated over the past few years. While the choices available may be overwhelming, it’s a good thing for you. Increased competition means a better chance of you getting a fair shake at any one company. Both online and in the ‘real world,’ these companies work to help people get out of debt by planning out realistic goals and budgets.
Debt management services to suit your needs fall in two distinct categories and therefore you need to carry out some research before deciding on the best service to use.
If you’ve gotten yourself into debt in a variety of ways, but feel like you could pay it off if only you had a little immediate leeway, you might want to try for debt consolidation. Debt consolidation is a service that rolls all your debts into one big package, and tries to reduce the immediate expenses involved with paying various rates and fees.
The debt consolidation firm and your creditors strike an agreement whereby the firm will consolidate all your debt payments into one. The payments will be made directly to the firm. On the other hand, creditors will lower their interest rates hence reducing your monthly payments up to fifty percent.
The other major choice available to you is debt settlement. While debt consolidation functions under the expectation that you’ll eventually pay it all back, settlement will ‘forgive’ a large chunk of your debt, so that you only have to pay a portion of the whole.
This service however is not meant to be an easy fix to your financial woes. It has its disadvantages such as a lower credit score making future lenders unwilling to extend a line of credit.