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How To Negotiate Your Debts

Aug 17, 2007
In order to pay off ones debts it is absolutely essential to manage ones finances effectively. Debt negotiation too plays a very important role. People are under the impression that it is necessary to approach a debt relief agency with professionals to carry out negotiations on their behalf. However this is not at all true. You can negotiate for yourself and save a lot of money too by doing so.

Firstly, you should get all your documents and records pertaining to your debts in order. Put your finances in order. Enlist your sources of income, your expenses and your savings per month. Formulate a realistic budget and set targets that will enable you to pay off your loans. While doing so it will also help you realize how much you can pay per month, how many installments will be required and the level till which you need to negotiate.

While negotiating always remember that you have the upper hand as the money is yet with you. The creditors prefer negotiations rather than filing a case against you or running the risk of you filing for bankruptcy. So always stay calm and determined. Never give in to their pressure.

Some tips while negotiating with the debt collector Never state the actual amount you are ready to pay right at the start. May be it could reduce further in the course of the negotiations.

Stay cool. Avoid losing your temper as it could worsen matters. Even if you do not agree you could speak to a senior officer the next day.

Remain determined and do not yield in to what the collector may try to convince you about.

Avoid disclosing too much information. Only talk about what is required. The extra information could be used against you.

Take your time and do not rush into any settlement. Remember that time is on your side.

Take all the agreements, dealings in writing. Also while corresponding with them, send all letters via Certified Mail, Return Receipt Requested so that you have proof. This could stand in your favor if the case ends up in court.

Before entering into an agreement or signing any document, be completely aware of all the terms and conditions involved. Discuss about how the payment should be made and other details. Ensure that the other party too is satisfied with the negotiations before signing the deal. Also mark the debt as deleted in your credit report. Else the debt will be re-aged to the debt payment date. Thus the debt will persist in your report for another few years. If it will not be reported as deleted, ask that it be marked as "paid" and not "paid collection."

You can ask that the debt be reported to your credit report as deleted. This will ensure that the debt isn't re-aged to the debt payment date. This would result on the debt being on your report for another seven years. If it won't be reported as deleted, ask that it be marked as "paid," not "paid-charge-off" or "paid collection."
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