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Debt Consolidation in Maine

Are your debt problems keeping you up at night? Are you afraid to answer the phone due to harassing creditors? If yes, then it is time you found a way out of debt.

If you are a Maine resident with multiple debts, then perhaps debt consolidation in Maine is the right solution for you to consider. It not only simplifies your debts but also improves your credit score in the process.

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How does Debt Consolidation Program work in Maine?

Being in debt can cause distress to the debtor and other family members. If you are a resident of Maine, opting for debt consolidation can provide relief from stress and trauma.

In Maine you can consolidate your debts personally or with a debt consolidation company. There are a number of debt consolidation companies that can help you recover from your debt crisis and mend your credit. Before you enroll for with a debt consolidation firm check out its accreditation with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) to insure that the company you chose is credible and scam-free.

If you want to consolidate your debts on your own, you will need to find a good consolidation loan. Debt consolidation loans are low-interest loans that you take out in order to pay off your existing debts. When your debts are paid off by the loan you are left with a single monthly payment.

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There are two types of debt consolidation loans available in Maine:

  • Secured loans- these are secured against collateral like a house or car. If the debtor defaults on the loan, the creditor can retrieve the amount of the loan by selling the collateral.
  • Unsecured loans- these are not secured against any collateral. In order to get this type of loan you need to show a favorable credit score and a sufficient income.

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Role of Consolidation Companies in Maine

Debt consolidation companies help you merge all your multiple loans into a lump sum spread over a longer repayment period. The benefit of debt consolidation is that your interest rates are reduced without your credit score getting hurt.
After enrolling with a consolidation company, a consolidation lawyer is appointed. The lawyer consolidates your multiple payments and formulates a plan to pay your creditors. The lawyer also communicates with your creditors to reduce your monthly payments, making them affordable.

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Benefits of Consolidating with a company:

  1. Reduced Monthly payments towards interest and principal.
  2. Late fees are minimized or even waived off.
  3. Stops harassing calls from creditors and collection agencies.
  4. You can formulate budget plans for future while getting rid of your existing debts.

With a debt consolidation program, the company works out an agreement with your creditors. Therefore, you can expect to reduce your monthly payments, improve your credit score, paving your way to becoming debt free.

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Loans eligible for Debt Consolidation in Maine

  • Student loans.
  • Medical Bills
  • Payday loans
  • RV loans
  • High interest car loans
  • Personal loans
  • Credit cards.

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The effect of debt consolidation on your Credit Score

When you take out a new debt, it creates a negative impact on your credit score. But as you start paying your debts, your score improves. If you continue making payments consistently, your credit score improves even more.

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Things you should avoid while in a Consolidation Program

In a debt consolidation program you need to be careful about many things in order to avoid any problems. A simple mistake may create havoc in your credit score. Therefore you should keep a few things in mind that can save you from making mistakes:

  • Avoid closing your accounts as soon as you have paid off your debt. If you close your accounts your credit history does not change, and will decrease your credit to debt ratio. If it becomes necessary to close your accounts, then you should close the newest ones rather than an older account.
  • Debt negotiation can adversely affect your credit rating. In a debt settlement program you negotiate a settlement plan with your creditors for a lower amount. As such you pay far less than what you actually owe. This affects your credit score more than consolidating your debts.
  • Incurring any new loans while on a debt consolidation program can affect your credit score negatively.
  • Defaulting or making late payments decreases your credit score. Make sure that you make timely payments on your consolidation loan in order to avoid any new debts.
  • Balance transfers can be dangerous.Typically interest charges on credit cards are higher than the interest charged on a consolidation loan. Therefore, you could end up deeper in debt that you were before.
  • Avoid applying for more credit,while in a consolidation plan. Whenever you apply for new credit it opens up more chances to default on your debts.

Debt consolidation is the safest and the best way to improve your credit score. If you can handle your financial issues prudently, your dream for a debt free life will come true.

Related information

State Attorney General Phone Number: 207-626-8849; Toll Free: 1-800-436-2131
Public Service Commission Phone Number: (207) 287-3831

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