Maybe you’ve seen ads that promise to negotiate on your behalf with credit card companies and collection agencies to shrink your debts. It might sound too good to be true, but the truth is that it sometimes is possible to convince your creditors to settle for less than what you owe. And if it can be done, you can probably do it yourself. Here’s what you need to know about the process.
LOL... OMG, as if it isn't obvious that the people posting here are pushing a product... I found a do it yourself guide that follows basically the same principles and it has been working so far for me. Same idea, this just has more detailed explainations and sample letters that helped me to put something together on my own. It cost 20 bucks, but the sample letters alone were worth that in my opinion. I have all of my smaller debts dealt with, one of my larger debts done and only 2 more large debts to go which means I am more than halfway through cleaning up my credit score and I already have new credit card offers coming in!. Now, even though the total owing on both of the large debts left is more than the total amount I have already cleared up, I still feel MUCH better because I have less people and companies to deal with. I think that is what makes it better for me.
I suck at staying on top of things and my credit was already in the crapper so this method worked really well for me and the Weathering Debt guide was perfect. If anyone wants to see it, I found mine at Etsy. Hope this helps!
That is actually quite a big mark once it goes to collections to learn that it can take off over 50 points on your credit! This knowledge should be a motivating incentive to pay off those debts before they go to collections. I really liked that you even related the score to a higher 780 with a collection dropping it down as much as 125 points in one sweep! It just goes to show how important it is to pay off your debts in any way you can to avoid collections intercepting and tearing down your FICO score.
I liked the fourth slide that mentioned getting a thick skin. If someone is in debt, chances are they might have to deal with some things said that might not be so kind. However, if someone could build a thick skin and get through it, I would imagine that they could be better off than someone who didn't. http://www.vineandwilliams.com
Believe it or not, you can get it settled faster, paid faster (at a discount for the debtor) while totally online -- never missing work. Services like OneDayDecisions.com are becoming more popular, especially because they are cheaper and faster than small claims court and pay more than collection agencies. Also, because there is no court award, there's no damage to your credit rating. Most people don't know that even if you pay the court award after losing the case, your credit score can still take a hit.
Many have tried and succeeded. Many have also tried and failed. A lot of factors are at play, including your own negotiation skills, your financial circumstances and the internal policies of your creditors. It may take you some time to learn the process. Don't think that you'll get it soon after reading DIY tips. Goodluck!
Believe it or not, you can get it settled faster, paid faster (at a discount for the debtor) while totally online -- never missing work. Services like OneDayDecisions.com are becoming more popular, especially because they are cheaper than court and get the people you owe more than they'd get from collection agencies.
Well, I have to admit that when I first started reading this article I thought to myself "There is a lot of misinformation here." However, further reading made me realize that this is one of very few articles relating to debt settlement that actually has some very good tips. Is there some misinformation in the article? Yes, but also some very good tips. Growing a thick skin is definitely a necessity, because dealing with collectors can be extremely intimidating for consumers. I do want to add, however, that it's not always in your best interest to try and settle a debt before it goes into collections. This is 100% false. While this technique works with some credit card companies, it doesn't work with the majority of them. Unfortunate? Yes, but if you want to properly settle your debts for the least amount of money, sometimes it takes patience. At our company, when we receive correspondence from a creditor for one of our clients, the first thing we do is enter the "source code" and telephone number listed on the correspondence into our database to compare it with other accounts that have been placed with that particular department. This allows us to have insight into what is the best next step to take on that particular account. If we find that the account can be settled before it goes further into collection, we go for it. If not, we wait it out and focus on other accounts. I know a lot of articles discourage consumers from using a debt settlement company, and I can't say that I totally disagree with this; there are a lot of unscrupulous companies (especially debt settlement law firms) out there that charge astronomical fees before they even provide a service. If you end up talking with a company that wants to charge you any up front fees or monthly fees, run - don't walk - as fast as you can. It really is best to hire a professional to do the job for you, as they will likely save you more than you could on your own, even when you take their fees into consideration, IF they are a reasonable, fair and consumer friendly company. Feel free to contact us at www.donaldsonwilliams.com
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I would just go to settlebankdebt.com . They usually settle in a few days if you are willing to get the debt settled.
Settling an account before it goes to collections has it own issues. If a debt is settled outside of collections the bill collector may be a junk debt collector who purchased the debt for his own that means no imputed income tax on the debt forgiveness because the money was never lent. Now the debt can be settled similar to a civil dispute without tax implications.