Q: How will this affect my credit?
If you have poor credit when joining a debt management program
your credit rating will actually improve after the first year
of consistent payments. When you become active on any debt management
plan, creditors may place a "CC" on your credit report
signifying "slow pay." Initially, this rating could
present a derogatory impact should you need to acquire a loan.
However, most creditors appreciate the fact that you have the
integrity and discipline to establish a payment plan.
with a high debt-to-income ratio you would not likely qualify
for loan approval until your balances are paid down. Ultimately,
Harbour's debt management plan offers lower finance charges
to achieve debt reduction more rapidly, thereby improving your
primary credit score factor.
Which debts work the best on the plan?
The creditors with the greatest special terms for you are the
"unsecured" creditors. This would be any credit cards,
department store cards, gasoline cards, and specialty store
accounts. We cannot work with home mortgages or automobile loans
since the creditor can take possession if you fail to pay.
Who Pays For This Service?
Several creditors contribute funds to help support our operations
because they recognize the benefit of regular and stable electronic
payments from Harbour.
How Do I Track My Progress?
Once you begin sending payments through Harbour, you must only
send payments through Harbour. This will establish a consistent
payment history. Once we disburse your funds to the creditors,
you will receive a monthly statement indicating accounts paid,
the date, and amount paid to each. You will also be introduced
to your personal Account Advisor, a trained creditor expert,
who will supervise your accounts and alert you of any changes
in creditor policies. Please realize, until creditors acknowledge
your proposal you may still accrue fees for late or insufficient
payments; just another reason to quickly submit your completed
packet and payment. In addition, you should continue to receive
monthly statements from your creditors. It is your responsibility
to monitor these statements closely and immediately report any
discrepancies to your Account Advisor at Harbour. You can view
your account at: Harbour Customer Service.
Do The Collections Calls and Letters Stop?
YES, generally the collections activities stop after one or
two current payments from Harbour. However, each creditor has
their own policies.
Why Shouldn't I Just Stop Trying and Declare Bankruptcy?
Once in a great while, bankruptcy is the ONLY option. But if
you have a source of income, debt management is an effective
alternative. Even in a bankruptcy you will have to make payments
in most cases. There are many unfavorable consequences surrounding
a bankruptcy. With Harbour, you are debt free in 3 to 5 years
and will have achieved financial freedom. Harbour does not provide
legal advice. For specific bankruptcy information please contact
an attorney practicing bankruptcy law.
What if I am behind on my mortgage?
DebtFreeAmerica.com does not work with secured loans or mortgages.
Your best solution is to contact the lender directly.
Can I Purchase A Home Or Refinance My Mortgage While On The
Most creditors prefer that you do not refinance or obtain a
mortgage while on a debt management program. This is because
of the increased risk of overextending your ability to complete
the program successfully. Each situation must be evaluated individually.
Can I obtain new credit while I am on the program?
While on the debt management plan, you must not attempt to obtain
any new credit. Many creditors will remove your account from
a debt management program if any new credit is established.
Once a creditor drops your account from a debt management program,
your fees and interest will resume at maximum rates.