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Should You Consolidate Your Debts Or Negotiate

Jun 8, 2008
There seems to be a cry of desperation rising because so many people want to know how to escape from their debt. They are sinking deeper and deeper into the sea of credit card debt. There seems to no way to pay down the interest so you can begin paying on the principal. How do you stop this relentless cycle of making payments each month and yet never see anything but a future of endless payments?

You may be encountering some schemes on the internet or on the TV which offer a solution to your debt problems. They may or may not work for you but you really need to research the program completely before going forward with it. These schemes promise to let you in on the secrets to achieving freedom from debt. The question is, will they actually deliver good results?

What you really need is some proven solutions to end your current debt circumstances. There are the options of debt consolidation and debt negotiation. Depending on the type of debt you have, one or the other may work for you.

Credit card companies and creditors offer debtors adjustable debt repayment programs which can be used to combine or consolidate all of your outstanding debts under a single lower interest payment. Many of these debt consolidation agencies specialize in putting together specific debt assistance plans for their clients including debt consolidation. These agencies usually offer a lower interest rate and lower monthly payments than the typical creditor charges. This will make more money available to pay on other necessities each month.

There are some disadvantages to debt consolidation plans. You will have to cancel all your credit cards which are included in the program for debt consolidation. You will have to pay administration fees and these will be included with monthly payments. The fees may be assessed as a flat rate or it may be determined by the creditor who is the coordinator of the debt consolidation program.

Debt negotiation is a process that is related to debt consolidation. If you have made an attempt to do a debt consolidation plan, but were unable to make the payments, you may be eligible for debt negotiation or debt settlement. These types of arrangements for settlement of debt are used by some debtors to reduce their total debt or even in some situations eliminate it completely.

When you hire a debt negotiation service the service company will serve as a representative in all matters related to your debt. You will not have to pay the creditors directly as the debt negotiation agency will seek to make an agreement on the amount you will have to pay to put yourself back in a good credit standing. The negotiation service is paid a fee that is inserted in an escrow account and used to pay for expenses and to make future payment to the creditor when a settlement is reached.

Your credit score will be adversely affected by debt negotiation; however the damages can be minimized if the debt negotiation company requests that the creditors get a revised credit report. This will verify that the debt has been wiped out.
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Joe Kenny writes for TFGI.com, visit them today to help solve your consolidate debts and for free credit report or Rebuild.org for debt consolidation
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