I have 2 credit cards that I can not make payments on. I would like to clear this problem up but I don't know what's the best solution. My credit has always been good. Just recently I have had some unexpected bills to come up so therefore could not make my credit card payments. Can you guide me in the right direction?
Thank you for your question about getting help with credit card payments. The good news is that there are various credit card consolidation programs, including those for people who are suffering financial hardship and struggling to make credit card payments.
It is good that you are proactive and looking to deal with your debt problems. While making late payments will hurt your credit score, you are correct in focusing on finding the best way to consolidate your debt. Once you are back on track, you can start to rebuild your credit.
Your first order of business is to determine why you need help? Are you suffering a small problem or a more significant financial hardship? Do you have an emergency fund, investments, or an asset, such as a home with equity, that can help you ride out the difficulty?
If your problem is short-term and you still haven’t damaged your good credit, then consider looking for a personal credit card debt consolidation loan. Since personal loans are for 2-5 years, check to see that you can afford the monthly payments.
If you own a home, have equity in your home, and a credit score of at least 580-620, the consider consolidating your debt with a cash-out refinance or home equity mortgage. A 30-year loan can consolidate your credit card debt into affordable monthly payments, which allow you to make timely payments and improve your credit.
A third option to help you make your credit card payments is to take to a credit counseling service. You can get help with your budget and analysis your overall financial situation. For some people, a debt management plan helps lower credit card interest rates and create more affordable payments. However, since the proa Debt Management Plan is for about five years, check to see if you can afford the monthly payments.
If you are in serious financial hardship and can’t afford your minimum monthly payments, then you need to look for a more aggressive credit card consolidation program. Instead of continuing to make your unaffordable credit card payments, debt settlement companies negotiate lump sum settlements with your creditors, frequently reducing your debts by 50% to 60% of your principal balances.
Debt settlement programs usually take only 2-4 years to complete, so this is a good option for many people to rid themselves of debt in a relatively speedy manner. Stopping payments to your creditors hurts your credit, however, if you are already missing payments, then your credit score already is dropping. If you are focused on getting out of debt, then a debt settlement plan is a good option for those in financial hardship. Once you have your debt in control, you can rebuild your credit.
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