Hello, my mother is in serious financial debt. She owes about $6,000 and is behind on all of her bills right now. Most of it is non-credit debt and she really needs a way to get back on track. Currently she owns a home in Tampa and she rented it out but she still has $300 in mortgage that has to be paid off a month besides the rent that she has to pay where she lives now. Also, she cant sell the home because the terms on the mortgage say that she can re-sell for 2 years. She is a single mother and she still cares for my younger brother and sister. I would help if I could but I don't make enough. I am guessing debt consolidation is not an option here since it's not really credit card debt. Please help. I need some advice for her. Thank you.
Thanks for your question, and there are a few possible solutions. What you are referring to with your mortgage is a "pre-payment" penalty. She could sell or refinance, but she would be charged a sizable fee by her lender if she does this in under 2 years.
Given her debt load, it may make sense to try for either a reverse mortgage or for credit counseling. A reverse mortgage can pay her a portion of the equity in her home each month. I will describe credit counseling below:
Credit counseling, or signing up for a debt management plan, is a very common form of online debt consolidation. There are many companies offering online credit counseling, which is essentially a way to make one payment directly to the credit counseling agency, which then distributes that payment to your creditors. Most times, a credit counseling agency will be able to lower your monthly payments by getting interest rate concessions from your lenders or creditors. It is important to understand that in a credit counseling program, you are still repaying 100% of your debts ? but with lower monthly payments. On average, most online credit counseling programs take around five years. While most credit counseling programs do not impact your FICO score, being enrolled in a credit counseling debt management plan DOES show up on your credit report? and, unfortunately, many lenders look at enrollment in credit counseling akin to filing for Chapter 13 Bankruptcy ? or using a third party to re-organize your debts.
Bills.com makes it easy for you to apply, by following this link: https://www.bills.com/debthelp/debt/
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