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Old 01-26-2010, 04:50 PM
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Any recomended Debt Consolidation companies?

Hey guys and gals,
Was wondering if anyone here has had any experience with any debt consolidation companies?
I, unfortunately have a mountain of debt. I am in good standing with the card companies and pay my bills on time. But I am looking into trying to consolidate them all into one bill with hopefully a lower interest rate.
I have read and heard that some of these advertised are scams. I don't believe anyone can erase debt but looking for some honest professional help in becoming debt free. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.
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Old 01-26-2010, 04:52 PM
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Whats wrong with a bank?
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Old 01-26-2010, 05:07 PM
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X2, most of those companies are scams that will affect your credit in a away you dont want.
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Old 01-26-2010, 05:17 PM
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Hey guys and gals,
Was wondering if anyone here has had any experience with any debt consolidation companies?
I, unfortunately have a mountain of debt. I am in good standing with the card companies and pay my bills on time. But I am looking into trying to consolidate them all into one bill with hopefully a lower interest rate.
I have read and heard that some of these advertised are scams. I don't believe anyone can erase debt but looking for some honest professional help in becoming debt free. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.
Joey
don't do this. this is a scam.

instead, read a book. i recommend:

Dave Ramsey or Jean Chatzsky (sp?)...

either one will give you a better value and neither will leave you feeling stupid afterwards.
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Old 01-26-2010, 05:44 PM
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x2 on the Ramsey - there's your professional help, read his book, follow his radio show, make him a god.

If they operate in your state, I'd go have a talk with Wells Fargo. They seem a lot friendlier to young people and above average risk situations, unless you've got charge-offs and/or repos - which you say you don't. W-Fargo can be pretty forgiving about your lack of equity positions if they think you've got a secure job. I'd be looking at any thing I can collatoralize, car titles, coin collections, any thing, and have it ready to present to them - they like to see some collateral. They have been one of the big winners in the current downturn, they've certainly got the cash. You don't say how old you are, but WF likes to work with young people because they think a mortgage and steady car loans will be in it for them in the long haul if they can get you straight.

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Old 01-26-2010, 06:10 PM
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Smile Thank you

Thank you for everyone's quick replies.
I forgot to mention a few things. I am 31 and married. I own a townhouse currently that I rent out. I tried to sell it before I got married (a lil over 2 years ago) but that didn't work out. I was hoping at the time that I would have enough profit left over to pay the debts and also have another down payment for a new house. Due to my wife's job and location we moved close to D.C.
So anyway, I am not sure if a home equity loan is feasable right now due to the downturn in real estate. But I have thought about this route as well.
But by the looks of it, I am paying less in interest CC companies than I would to a bank through a home equity loan. My mortgage company has a rate of 8.5 to 12.5%. My CC's interest rates range from 7 to 10%.
Keep the replies coming! I really appreciate everyones opinion.
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Old 01-26-2010, 08:27 PM
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just do the dave ramsey debt snowball. itll be paid off in no time. i tried to tell my friend this and he chose debt consolidation instead and he got ripped off big time.
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Yeah, they are a scam. You should seriously consider bankruptcy, if that would be appropriate. In some situations it is the best way forward. Basically you need to have a plan to rebuild your credit afterward. So you need a budget (and income) that adds up right.
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Old 01-26-2010, 09:04 PM
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Also, when we looked at this many years ago, the consolidation has almost the same effect on your credit as a bankruptcy. And like 80% end up worse than they start.
Talk to your debtors and see if they will lower. Some will some will not.
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Old 01-26-2010, 09:14 PM
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I agree, the best way out of debt it to just pay it off as quickly as possible. Make a budget based on the minimum that you can live on, and put as much as possible towards your debt every month. The sooner you start, the sooner you will be done. There is no "easy" way to do this.

When you are serious, make a decision to stop borrowing money (with the exception of a house that you can really afford). I refuse to borrow any money or use credit cards (I use debit cards to access my bank accounts). When you pay off your debt, start saving as much as practical every month. The best way to avoid debt is to have some cash in reserve to cover unexpected expenses.
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Old 01-26-2010, 09:18 PM
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Your HELOC rates are 8.5%-12.5%? Your fico must be lower.

HELOC's should be cheap like 4% or less.

Their is only really two ways to get out of this debt.

1. Depending on how much it is you can simply default and try to settle it for less. Naturaly this has repercussions to your credit score and possible legal ones as well. But people do it all the time.

2. Write up a budget and pay it off, thats really the only solution. If you can work OT or get another part time job to throw more money at it even better.

Either way you should cut up all your CC's, just leave one for emergancys.
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Old 01-26-2010, 09:24 PM
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Best to negotiate with your debtors as politely as possible.. Debt consolidation is a scam. You'll pay most of what you perceive to save to them as their fees and it does effect your credit rating. My sister has been in banking for 23 years now. Her former employer will NOT do any type of mortgage or business loan with you if you've EVER filed bankruptcy. No matter that it was 10-15 years ago and you're credit is good now.. They will not give you one of those loans PERIOD.. Try balance transfers to low rate cards.. If you have more than 1 credit card, try to get them all balance-transferred to a single low rate card. She does that all the time. 3.99% for one year then it jacks up ? Fine.. She just transfers it to another low rate card if she still has a high balance.
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Best to negotiate with your debtors as politely as possible.. Debt consolidation is a scam. You'll pay most of what you perceive to save to them as their fees and it does effect your credit rating. My sister has been in banking for 23 years now. Her former employer will NOT do any type of mortgage or business loan with you if you've EVER filed bankruptcy. No matter that it was 10-15 years ago and you're credit is good now.. They will not give you one of those loans PERIOD.. Try balance transfers to low rate cards.. If you have more than 1 credit card, try to get them all balance-transferred to a single low rate card. She does that all the time. 3.99% for one year then it jacks up ? Fine.. She just transfers it to another low rate card if she still has a high balance.
I certainly could understand not being able to get a loan after filing for bankruptcy. I would never consider filing for bankruptcy. I have transfered balances as well to lower interest cards in the past. I am fortunate to say that I don't have to rely on credit cards anymore nor do I carry a credit card with me. I wish there was a way I could get my creditors to lower their interest rates to pay off the debt quicker. But I pay as much as I can(more than the minimum) each month. Oh well, you live and you learn!
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Old 01-27-2010, 12:59 AM
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I'm kinda interested in this one too. I have a friend who has medical, car, and other misc bills out there. No CC bills and not earning that much with no home ownership. Any way to consolidate the bills. I advised her against filing bankruptcy for $20K debt as I understand it.

AFAIK, bankruptcy hurts both your credit score, employment opportunities and maybe even your insurance. Anyone know that for sure?
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Old 01-27-2010, 02:35 AM
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Sounds like you're top-heavy with unpaid for real estate. My advice, rent for a while - get rid of the real estate that has become burdensome. My first property I paid 50% down - so there was no chance of it ever becoming a burden. Yeah, renting sux, I rented for 13 years in my 20s - early 30s, but it let me save up a mountain of cash/stocks, that eventually took on critical mass. Do I live in an outstanding home? Not really, but it's twice the size I actually need to be comfortable - and am looking to make a lateral move out in the boonies with some acreage. Debt is an immovable object unless you take drastic steps to get out of it. Just don't borrow any more and you're half way there.

Dave Ramsey recommends saving 15% of what you earn, after getting out-of-debt. I recommend saving 100% of whatever is left over each pay period. 'Cause that's what worked for me. Believe me, you'll get ahead a lot faster that way. This is provided you have extra to save/invest after bare necessities. Best of luck to you.

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