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Debt Negotiation - What is it and When is it Appropriate?

Across the country people are increasingly finding themselves in a position in which their income is no longer adequate to service their debts. This position can appear as seemingly hopeless. Trapped in a cycle of debt you can find yourself continually accumulating interest, late penalties, fines and fees all of which makes your attempts at reducing your debt appear impossible. Compounding this problem are creditors pressuring you as well the negative credit record you are developing. If you find yourself in this situation there are options. For example:

  • Debt Consolidation
  • Bankruptcy
  • Debt Negotiation

While most people are familiar with the first two options, the third option is less well known. Debt consolidation is the process of consolidating your debt into one easy manageable monthly payment generally at a lower interest rate. Bankruptcy offers an immediate end to your financial problems but carries significant consequences and should only be considered as a last resort. The third option, debt negotiation offers an alternative to debt consolidation and bankruptcy. Debt negotiation is a mutual arrangement between you and your creditors, agreeing upon a settlement figure to finalise your debt.

Debt negotiation - Find an arrangement to suit everybody

Debt negotiation has the potential to reduce your debt level. In essence debt negotiation is a negotiation between you and your creditors to settle on terms that are mutually beneficial to both parties. It is likely that your creditors will be willing to negotiate as agreeing on a settlement now is more beneficial to them than pursuing your debt or waiting for you to file for bankruptcy. Consequently, debt negotiation is quite often a mutually beneficial situation for you and your creditors as you can significantly reduce your debt level while your creditors receive payments they many not have otherwise received.

One of the defining characteristics of debt negotiation is the fact that the repayment is made in the form of a lump sum payment. The potential savings made from debt negotiation rely predominantly on the success of the negotiation. It is possible to engage in debt negotiation on your own but it is common for people to enlist the help of professionals who are experienced at debt negotiation.

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With the most successful negotiations it is possible to have your debts lowered by as much as 40%. For example, if you have $20,000 of debt owed to one creditor, after a negotiation that amount can be reduced to $12,000. Generally this level of savings will only be able to be negotiated by professionals. There are many difficulties attached to the debt negotiation process, with the negotiation often being lengthy and complicated. With little experience in this area it is possible that negotiating by yourself could result in you accepting an amount that is nowhere near the amount the creditor would have gone down to. Consequently, it is often the best option to seek the help of professional debt negotiators.

Debt negotiation may offer a helpful alternative to bankruptcy and a way out of a seemingly inescapable cycle of debt. For a proactive approach to reducing your debt and working toward a debt free future, debt negotiation could be the solution for you.

If you would like to find out if debt negotiation is appropriate in your situation or would like to discuss your situation with a professional debt negotiation team then fill in the following form or call Debt Relief on 1300 781 034 and our staff will assist you in finding the most effective way to reduce your debt.

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