Get Started for a Free Consultation!

Debt Destroy

How Debt Consolidation Can Build Your Credit

mbrazier Rep Points:
Posted on September 2, 2010 at 1:42 pm
The debt management industry and the services within can be easily confused. While some consumers think debt management programs hurt credit there are some plans that can actually improve credit while enrolled. Primarily, it depends on the status of your accounts upon entering a program and selecting the program that best suits your current financial situation and long term credit goals. A debt consolidation plan makes payments each month as received from the client, helping improve the score over time. A debt settlement plan, often confused for consolidation, places accounts in a charged off status to enable balance negotiations. The only problem with a settlement plan is that the accounts have to first charge off before negotiating a lower balance pay off. Once an account charges off though, it remains as a negative on your credit for 7 years- paid in full or not. That’s only 3 years less bad credit than filing bankrupt. Debt consolidation- not debt settlement- can help improve your credit score over time while paying back the debt. Accounts may be reported to the credit bureau as ‘being paid by a third party’. This notation does not affect your actual numeric credit score negatively or positively. It doesn’t hurt your credit rating in any way, shape, or form. At the end of the day, creditors and the credit bureau do not care who or how your payments are made, long as they’re made on time and consecutively each and every billing cycle. A debt consolidation plan makes the payments to creditors every month as payments are received from their clients. The due dates are renegotiated along with the other terms to ensure payments are considered timely and report positively, improving the score. Making payments on time is the biggest factor in what affects your credit rating on a regular basis. 35% of your score is made up of timely monthly payments each billing cycle. In a consolidation plan, the due date is changed to coincide with a time that better fits your other monthly obligations and pay schedule and ensures timely payments right from the start of enrollment. Did you know? Spending more than 30% of your available balance lowers your credit score? That means if you have a credit line of $5k, keeping a balance of more than $1500 is negatively impacting your credit. 30% of your credit score accounts for how much total outstanding debt you owe. These accounts may be being paid on time every month but if the balance is above 30% of the credit line the payments aren’t helping as much as they could. Standard minimum monthly payments are designed to pay off 1% of the balance with every minimum monthly payment. That means if you stop spending on your account it could take around 100 minimum monthly payments to pay back your total debt at the standard rates, or 8.3 years. In a debt consolidation plan the interest rates are reduced to lower fixed rates, usually in the single digits. This allows the consumer to have the majority of the payment apply to the balance instead of the interest, bringing the balances down much faster- lowering your overall debt amount at an accelerated rate. Standard rates and terms issued by big banks direct to consumers are set at a rate that would take over 8 years to payback with minimum monthly payments. In a debt consolidation plan, the minimum monthly payment requirement coincides with the interest reductions in an effort to get the consumer out of debt in 5 years or less, applying the majority of your minimum monthly payment to the principle balance not the interest fees. You can still obtain new lines of credit while consolidating you debt. It’s not ideal….as the point is to get OUT of debt not incur more- but you can nonetheless. Not every account has to be consolidated either. Dent consolidation is not an all or nothing deal. Pick and choose which creditors are charging you too much in interest and only consolidate those accounts. You can always add or remove accounts from a consolidation plan at a later time without being charged anything additional. One lower monthly payment. Lower fixed interest rates. No late fees. No creditor calls. Improving credit on a monthly basis. Debt free in 5 years or less. For more free information or a free financial consultation contact a certified credit counselor at a nonprofit debt consolidation organization accredited by the Better Business Bureau. Call 800-905-1563 or visit our website and complete our contact request form or LIVE CHAT with a counselor during business hours. Freedom Debt Management is a BBB accredited A+ nonprofit organization helping people become debt free one household at a time. You can be debt free, Freedom Debt Management can help.

esterdsl Rep Points:
Posted on September 18, 2010 at 2:55 am
You have nicely introduced yourself by the means of this forum thread. But please write some short messages from the next time, as they are easy to read.

Florence12 Rep Points:
Posted on April 11, 2012 at 11:49 pm
Debt consolidation and debt consolidation loans, often in the form of a bank card loan merging can offer extremely worthwhile debts solutions  for anyone who's experiencing debts problems on a number of different methodologies. They can be especially beneficial if you want to avoid bankruptcy.[url=]Quickcash[/url]