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Asking for Help: The Benefits of Credit Counseling

Aug 17, 2007
Sometimes we can't maintain a perfect credit score on our own. In life we may need a little help keeping our credit score at a satisfactory level or raising it to that level. Luckily, there are organizations that will work with you to get back on the right track with your credit score.

Debt counseling is for people who may have many bills that are scattered with different companies and find it difficult to keep up with all of them from month to month. It can get very tedious trying to remember who to pay and how much to pay. Debt counseling involves rolling all of your unpaid bills into one low payment that you make to one company who distributes the money to where it needs to go. It takes all of the guesswork out of bill paying. Now, the payment will be lower because the debt counselor will work with all of the companies in which you owe money to in order to have them accept the lowest amount of money each month. This isn't for everyone however, and fees and interest rates are high.

Typically after consolidating your bills into one payment it should take about two to three years to pay them off. If it appears that it will take more than five years for you to pay this amount back, you may be warned that this isn't the best option for you. There are a couple of reasons why debt counseling will increase your credit score. If you remember to make this payment before it is due then you are getting all of your bills in at once. Credit companies will see this on your credit report and praise you for being responsible and on time with your payments. Even though they are consolidated into one payment, everyone is still getting their money on time. Many people believe that consolidating your bills will decrease your credit score, but this isn't true. In the past, many companies had seen this as a red flag that you were unable to pay your bills on time and considered you to be a risk. However, times have changed and they now realize that this is a very responsible decision for a person to make in terms of getting out of debt.

Credit counseling is one of the best tools for getting out of debt and rebuilding your credit score. Even if you aren't that far into debt but can see rough roads ahead, you may want to look into debt counseling for its benefits to your credit score. Although it may have been a little risky in the past, today there are many legitimate companies that will surely be there to help you rebuild your credit score.
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Tom Ambrozewicz, mortgage and real estate broker since 1993, is one of the pioneers in using breakthrough audio technology on his web sites. You can read or you can listen to professional narrator reading to you. You can check all credit tips at Ask-How.info now.
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