Effective Debt Management Services Tips
If your debt management service negotiates reduced interest rates or balance reductions on your behalf, (Which they very likely will do) those negotiations will likely be reflected on your credit record. Thus, some (but not all) creditors may treat you as a higher risk when issuing future credit. However, the effect on your credit is ordinarily far less significant than that of a continuing pattern of late and missed payments. However, do remember that if you do not use a debt management service and this results in you having to file for bankruptcy, all creditors will view you as a high risk borrower.
In the USA, it is not unusual for such a service to obtain a commission of 10% or more on your monthly payment. It is also possible that the consolidator will be able to obtain a rebate from your lenders on the amount of each monthly payment they make on your behalf, resulting in an even greater commission. The chance for significant, easy profits can inspire unethical debt management services to encourage people to sign up for solutions which are not always in the customer’s financial interest.
Given that many people have difficulty sticking with the requirements of a debt management service, or may encounter sudden financial emergencies during the the time of service, it makes sense to ask up front what will happen if you miss a payment, are late with a payment, or may not be able to make your full contribution. There may be penalties, so listen up!