If you're currently having difficulty paying high interest rate credit cards, you are not alone. Many consumers in Pennsylvania are exploring a variety of debt relief options, including debt settlement or what some consumers may know as debt arbitration. As the pain of credit card debt continues, credit card companies are increasingly willing to settle debt for less than the total owed, depending on the consumer's financial circumstances. Depending on your situation, these companies may be willing to settle your debt for substantially less than you owe.
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How Debt Settlement Works
Not all debt relief is created equal. In fact there are fundamental differences between Debt Settlement and other popular forms of debt relief including: credit counseling, debt consolidation and debt management. Utilizing these alternative methods, consumers pay back all outstanding debt owed, while enjoying lower interest rates and reduced monthly payments. They're budget-minded solutions that help consolidate, reduce and eliminate debt, and reduce stress while streamlining the payment process; often shortening the pay-back process to a 3-5 year period.
Debt Settlement provides debt relief when and if credit card companies agree to allow the consumer to settle by paying back less than the total amount of debt owed. Credit card companies know many consumers in distress often have limited ability to pay back all they owe. With this in mind, they're often willing to accept a lower total pay-off amount, especially if the credit card company is concerned that the consumers will declare bankruptcy, or if they feel they may be likely to have to "sell off" what is considered bad debt to a third-party collection agency for approximately ten cents on the dollar.
Understanding Debt Settlement Savings
Controversy over the amounts individuals can expect to save by taking the Debt Settlement route to debt relief has resulted in legislative changes. This lack of clarity and confusion on the part of the consumer has resulted in updated, regulatory laws - new legislation that is governing activities in the Debt Settlement industry. It's unfortunate that false claims made by some debt relief companies, in some advertisement promising consumers will save 70% of their debt, settling debt-owed to mere pennies on the dollar. The truth is that many of these claims are nothing more than debt relief scams, lulling people into a false sense of financial hope. In actuality, no debt-relief company can be sure how much will, or will not be, saved in debt settlement, until a consumer's particular debt circumstances and the debt-settlement policies of the credit card companies holding your debt, are understood -- and the consumer extending the settlement or debt negotiation offer has set aside necessary funds to make a bonafide offer to settle.
Beyond any misleading advertising, consumers should know that in the midst of a challenging Pennsylvania and national economy, the credit card companies often decide that it is in their best interest to settle with a distressed debtor. These companies realize they often come out ahead by accepting a reduced settlement amount from the consumer who have fallen several months behind. Selling-off that debt for as little as ten cents on the dollar to a third party debt collector is often not in the credit card companies' best financial interest. So increasingly, the credit companies are settling if consumers can accumulate a "set-aside" amount that can be used as a reasonable offer. This certainly does not mean that credit card companies will be willing to settle for ten percent of what is owed, because that would be an extreme case. However, it does point to the fact that credit card companies are often willing to work out a "reasonable" settlement with consumers, saving those consumers large sums of money and often speeding-up the process of retiring the debt.
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The Growth of Credit Card Debt Settlement
As the level of troublesome consumer debt in Pennsylvania and across the U.S.A, has risen, so too has the popularity of Debt Settlement. An examination of the reasons surrounding that popularity will give you insight into its continued viability.
First and foremost, when times were better financially, both for the nation and for individual consumers, carrying high credit card balances was pretty routine. If this memory comes "close to home", you may also remember paying high interest rates.