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If you are carrying $25,000 of credit card debt at a 17.5% interest rate it could take you over 28 years to pay off the debt if you just make the minimum payments. You would pay over $25,000 in interest over those 28 years, more than doubling the cost of what you originally purchased!
At Financial Solutions Center our mission is to provide our clients with an honest and accurate evaluation of the many different options available to escape the trap of high interest rates and never ending revolving debt.
The truth is there is no "one size fits all" solution to getting out of debt and unlike many companies offering only one answer, our non-profit organization takes the time to give each and every client the individual attention necessary to help you choose the right solution for your unique situation.
|All counseling services provided at no cost!|
|Programs available in all 50 states!|
|You may qualify for lower interest rates & payments!|
Financial Solutions Center’s experienced counseling staff provides unbiased information on a variety of options including Debt Consolidation Loans, Consumer Credit Counseling Service (CCCS) & Debt Management Programs, Debt Resolution & Settlement Programs and for those in extreme hardship we can provide complimentary referrals to a qualified Bankruptcy attorney’s.
Our specialty is educating consumers on the options available for those facing
financial hardships. Most programs are designed for those in need of payment
relief, struggling with excessively high interest rates or caught in the never
ending cycle of minimum payments and never ending revolving debt.
There are an infinite number of reasons that can cause legitimate financial hardships but regardless of the circumstances, our counselors are here to help. Remember, it costs nothing to explore the options...
The purpose of a debt consolidation loan is simple. To pay off all the revolving (credit card) debt with a new loan at better terms then your credit cards. Typically this is accomplished by consolidating the unsecured credit card debt into a new, now secured 2nd mortgage loan or home equity line of credit.
Although a viable solution, this type of loan requires significant equity in your home and has the added risk that by exchanging your unsecured debt for secured debt, the collateral on the new loan (your home) is at risk should you default. In rare circumstances, consolidation loans can be obtained without collateral however qualifying typically requires exceptional credit and a very low debt to income ratio. We recommend directly contacting a local credit union in your area (credit unions are also non-profit organizations) should you wish to attempt a consolidation loan.
Enrolling with a Consumer Credit Counseling Service may provide you with a
reduction in your current credit card interest rates resulting in a reduction of
the amount of time required to pay off your debt.
Credit counseling involves an authorized service provider establishing a debt management plan (DMP) for the consumer with their existing creditors.
Although this type of program does not often provide significant payment relief, qualified clients will have reduction in interest rates with the goal of becoming debt free in approximately 5 years. Not all creditors participate in this type of program (and some that do may require you close all your credit cards to receive a benefit) so please provide your counselor with a complete listing of creditors for a thorough evaluation prior to enrollment.
Debt Resolution programs, sometimes referred to as debt settlement programs,
are the most efficient and least costly way to resolve unsecured debt for
those who qualify. Depending on your creditors and interest rates a resolution
program could reduce your monthly payment by as much as 40% and resolve
your debt in less than 4 years! For clients who can afford a payment equal to
their current minimum payments you may be able to complete a resolution
program in as little as 24 months!
Debt resolution programs, depending on your state of residence, are offered either by an attorney licensed to practice in your state or in certain states these services can be provided by non-attorney negotiation firms. Regardless of the service provider, Financial Solutions Center advises our clients to only consider programs where service fees are earned on a contingency basis meaning the client pays no fee for service until a successful resolution has been obtained.
In debt resolution programs, a consumer makes monthly payments each month not to the creditors but rather to an FDIC insured bank account referred to as a custodial account. A custodial account is simply a bank account where the client’s monthly payments accrue during the negotiation process and the servicer has access to verify the balances. The account is opened in the client’s name and the client maintains total control and ownership of the funds being held in the account at all times.
The process itself has many steps but basically the attorney or servicer will negotiate the terms with the creditor, notify the client of the settlement offer and when accepted and approved by the client, the payment is made to the creditor from the funds accrued in the custodial account. Larger balance accounts can also be settled with payment terms allowing for accounts to be settled even in advance of the funds being available for payment.
Settlement companies are generally are able to negotiate settlements with the creditor for between 35% - 50% of the existing balance. Although each creditor and client's situations are unique, debt settlement companies and attorney’s practicing in this area of law have extensive experience and are generally able to very accurately estimate the expected costs of resolution and can often come to a settlement agreement much quicker and with a much more favorable rate than a debtor acting on their own.
A quick look at any credit card statement shows that if you are only making the minimum payments it can take 30 years or more to pay off the balance and by the time you’re paid off you may have paid twice or even three times the amount of credit originally used...
For example, the Federal Reserve estimates that if you owe $50,000 in credit card debt at 12.9% interest rate and make only the minimum payments it will take you 41 YEARS and you will back a total of $107,389 by the time you are done. An online payoff estimator is available here:
By comparison, a resolution program can both reduce your monthly payment and shorten the term to 4 years or less if you qualify. A proper review for this type of program is critical as not all creditors can be enrolled or will be successful in a resolution program. Equally, if not more important, a client must fully understand all the positive and negative aspects of a debt resolution program prior to enrollment.
As a non-profit organization, there is never a fee or commitment required for your personalized, comprehensive review to evaluate all the options...
Bankruptcy can be the correct choice for individuals or families that have
become insolvent and do not expect any change in their income for the
foreseeable future. The positive aspect about bankruptcy is that it can
discharge some or even all of your outstanding debt and it will stop any legal
actions being taken by your creditors.
The negative aspects are that it can impact your credit for up to 10 years and if the court determines your assets must be liquidated as part of the bankruptcy process it can dramatically change your entire standard of living. For this reason, we suggest bankruptcy only be considered after all other options have been exhausted whenever possible. The decision to consider bankruptcy should be one made with the guidance of an attorney licensed to practice in your state. Financial Solutions Center is not a law firm and cannot provide legal advice. Should you be considering bankruptcy we can provide you with a referral to an attorney in your state for a bankruptcy consultation.