Compare Debt Reduction Services - The Pros And Cons

By: Michael Williams

Do you have several credit cards that have reached their limits and you find that paying the minimum monthly requirement is getting difficult? If you add the expenses of car payments, insurance, and mortgages on top of your mounting debt this can lead to a feeling of being financially overwhelmed. The way a debt reduction service operates is when you owe a particular balance to a creditor and negotiate to pay a lower balance. This differs from debt consolidation in that when you consolidate you pay a lump sum to an agency that then disperses the monies to the creditors that you owe. Creditors will agree to debt reduction if they believe that it is in their best interest.

Typically, those who request debt reduction services are individuals who are considering the option of bankruptcy as a form of clearing out their debt. Certain situations affect the pay off amount that creditors will offer. They will look at your credit report to see how you are paying your other debts. If it appears, you are paying everyone else in a timely fashion and neglecting them, they will most likely offer a high settlement based on the fact you appear to have the finances to be faithful to your other obligations. On the other hand, if they notice that your credit report shows you are not paying anyone they may offer a lower settlement. If their offer is in your opinion to high, then you can gather your financial information, including all incomes received and outgoing expenses to negotiate for a lower settlement offer.

When you have received a settlement offer either through a company you have hired or through negotiating yourself the creditor expects you to pay off the settlement with a one-time lump sum payment. There are exceptions to this rule such as if your debt is significantly high the creditor may consider payment arrangements over a short period. Usually they will offer up to six months. Another option is in using a debt reduction service that can negotiate for the settlement payments to stretch over a period up to four years.

The idea of using debt reduction services as a form of reducing your debt in and of itself sounds like a great idea. There are some points to consider if you are an individual who has good credit and has found himself or herself in a difficult spot financially, consider carefully before engaging in a debt reduction service. Once you do use this method, it will significantly lower your credit score, making obtaining credit more difficult. If you, on the other hand, are someone who has had a history of poor credit actually using a debt reduction service can change your bad credit rating from poor to good thus enhancing your credit status.

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