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Requesting Payment Options to Repair Credit

by Sandra Wellman

When you are in debt the best solution for repairing your credit is to ask for extensions, or arrange payment plans. Do this before things get out of hand. You’d be surprised how willing creditors are to make arrangements with you. Beware that if it’s with a credit card company, you will probably not be able to use that credit card anymore. So, if you need one to use for emergencies, then only make arrangements for the others.

 

Student Loans

 

If you have student loans, you can call your loan officer and request deference on your payments. If you are turned down on deference, you can ask for forbearance. Forbearance is a postponement of your monthly installments. Most times, it is easier to get forbearance than deference. The problem is your interest rates accrue even when no payments are made. The forbearance against your loan often lasts six months to two years and then you are expected to pick up regular payments. If you have been turned down for deference or forbearance your next solution is filling out an application for a loan to repay your debts. It is also possible to refinance your student loans. If you are suffering debt related problems then this is a great solution for getting out of debt. You can also consolidate your student loans. If your credit is severe, you might however have difficulty with getting support on consolidation.

 

 

Defaults

 

It is possible to get out of a default if you have made payments faithfully in the past, but can no longer repay your debts. First, you must apply for a plan that is ‘reasonable and affordable.’ The plan applies to your current financial situation and if you faithfully make six months of payments on time, you may qualify for a default. The default does not excuse you from the debt but allows you to make payments according to your financial situation. If you obtain the default it is important to payoff your dues on time, since it is not possible to obtain a second default. If you faithfully pay toward your default for a year, you can slide through some loopholes and get the default dropped. The downside is when you apply for a default and make your payments, in the end your payments increase. This is a temporarily solution for debt relief.

 

Credit Repair for Doctor Bills

 

If you have doctor, dental, or lawyer debts and need a solution, be aware there is an option available. If you owe a lawyer, doctor or dentist it is wise to contact them as soon as possible and negotiate. Most lawyers, doctors and dentist will work out a payment agreement lowering your monthly installments. Some reduce your bills, while others will completely wipe out interest charges or late fees. Most times lawyers, doctors and dentist will put off sending your debt to a collection agency providing you meet your agreed payment each month on time. If you suspect you will be late sending payment, make sure you contact the creditor immediately to avoid complications. If you make contact with the creditors, it tells them that you are not trying to avoid your problem rather you are delayed.

 

Car Loans


            Finally, if you have a car loan and see that you cannot meet monthly installments contact your creditor immediately. Be sure to tell your creditor your situation and ask for an extension or else a lower payment for the month. DO NOT lie to any creditor. Lying only complicates matters worse. If you lender sees that you can make next months payment, or else repay your debt for the month later they may excuse your tardiness. However, if the creditor sees this is a long-term financial issue they may refinance your vehicle providing you lower monthly installments and lower interest rates.

 

It is essential to careful review your bills each month searching for errors and disputing them immediately if any occur. After your review your bills and there are no errors found find a resource for paying each bill immediately. This is the ultimate solution for repairing credit or saving your credit. If you have credit cards make sure you meet monthly installments regularly to avoid paying additional rates per month.

 

Working with creditors is much easier than dealing with collection agencies so don’t put it off. Start making those phone calls as soon as you know there is a problem that won’t be resolved in the next month or two.

 
 
 
 

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