Credit card spending has increased in the United States due to financial constraints caused by COVID-19. Texas leads the pack behind California for states with the highest increase in credit card debt, according to a Sept. 21 study by WalletHub. And low mortgage interest rates haven’t translated into low credit card interest rates. Surprisingly, the median interest rate on all credit cards in the Investopedia Card Database for October 2021 is 19.49%.
These high-interest rates can create financial hardship for people who have significant credit card debt. High payments can make it impossible to cover rising living expenses. Debtors who have fallen behind face relentless collection calls and sometimes debt-collection lawsuits. Fortunately, there are solutions to this crippling debt. Let’s look at the most common options like having all in one payment.
Secured or unsecured debt consolidation loans:
Unsecured debt consolidation loans involve taking out a low interest loan to pay off higher interest credit card debt. Since these loans have no collateral that the lender can seize or repossess, they require high credit scores and excellent debt-to-income ratios to reduce their risk. Most secured debt consolidation loans use home equity as collateral. In Texas, your home must be maintained at less than 80% when using equity, so not all of the equity is available through a refinance or 2nd mortgage . However, if you have sufficient equity, the credit score requirements are lower than for an unsecured loan because your home is collateral.
Debt management plan with credit counseling:
A credit counseling program can offer some of the benefits of a debt consolidation loan, including the need to make one monthly payment and lower interest rates. There is no need to take out a new loan since the rates on your existing debts are reduced, so good credit scores are not required, but you must afford the monthly payments. However, this is considered a “hard” program, so if you want to take on more debt (and have the ability to pay for it), then this is not a program you should consider. Based on your current interest
rate, the monthly payment is likely to be lower than your combined minimum payments, and these programs are designed to pay off the debt in about five years or less.
Debt Negotiation for Debt Relief
Debt negotiation, also known as debt settlement, is another common way to resolve crippling credit card debt and personal loans. This is a hardship program, and similar to credit counseling, it is not an option if you plan to apply for more debt before completing the program. These programs are usually structured to last around 24-48 months, depending on your monthly budget and negotiated amounts. Monthly program payments can cost less than half of minimum payments. A reputable program will not charge trading fees until a debt is settled.
The savings are the result of not making monthly payments to your creditors. Instead, money is deposited in an FDIC-insured special purpose account while debts are negotiated and settled for less than the total balances, one at a time. The program is ideal for those who are about to fall behind or those who have already fallen behind, as failure to make minimum payments will negatively affect a credit score. However, it can be a great alternative to bankruptcy, and since the program can be completed much faster than most other options, you can also start rebuilding your credit score quickly. All debt negotiation programs are not created equal. Debt Redemption trading fees are often 20-40% lower than foreign firms. They also have special resources to help Texans who have been sued by a creditor or debt collector.
Chapter 7 or 13 Bankruptcy:
Bankruptcy may be the shortest and cheapest way to settle a debt if you can qualify for Chapter 7. Many people with large incomes or non-exempt assets have issues that prevent Chapter 7 filing and chapter 13 might be the only form of bankruptcy available. In some cases Chapter 13 will be more expensive than a debt negotiation program, and in other cases it will be less expensive. If you are considering this option, consultation with a Texas bankruptcy attorney is necessary. Debt Buyback does not provide legal advice.
Get Free Debt Relief Consolidation
Affordable Debt Consolidation in San Antonio, TX also has several offices in the Lone Star State to help Texans struggling with crippling debt. If you’re considering debt consolidation loans, credit counseling, or debt settlement, a Texas Debt Specialist can provide you with a free, no-obligation phone or office consultation. We can also refer to Texas bankruptcy attorneys when needed. Learn about your options for resolving your debt today so you can start living your debt-free life.