Credit card debt reduction services are becoming more popular as more people find themselves in financial straights. Consumers who believe that credit card debt reduction services may be an option for them should first opt to do a little homework first. There are two very important factors a client should look at before signing up with any debt reduction company. The first is to know exactly what the costs are. If a company is charging you a percentage of total debt (say between 12% - 18%), walk away. We can assure you this is not the model you want to be using. The second, yet equally important factor is, how long has the company been in business and are they a reputable and honest company.
Debt relief basics are examined at Nationwide Debt Reduction, approximately 60%-65% of our clients come from existing client referrals or folks that have completed the program. We like referrals and think that speaks volumes about our business. We also realize that there is always room for improvement, and our clients are never bashful about speaking up and helping us in the areas that are important to them.
It may sound like common sense for consumers to know what they need before signing up with a company; however we also know that debt reduction or debt settlement is something no one has gone through before. Therefore, there is a lot of time required over the telephone just in educating our clients on how a program like this works and if it’s the right plan for them.
One of the very first items that comes up most often is just in terminology. However, it is imperative for a client to know the difference between a debt consolidation company and a debt reduction company. When taken purely at face value, there are big differences between companies that offer debt consolidation loans and those that offer debt counseling. Then there are those that offer debt repair services. In some cases, there can be a mix in that one company may offer several services. In other cases, a company will work exclusively in one area. (You can read about the differences of all these on this web site).
The bottom line is consumers should understand that not all credit card debt reduction services work alike. Some will be more adept at helping you get lower interest rates on your current debt. Others will work to get some of your debt forgiven so that you do not have to pay on it anymore. Most will be able to help you set up a reasonable budget to help you avoid getting further into trouble.
Our experience is that common sense will prevail when all is said and done. We highly recommend you go to our “Getting Started” page and fill out the form. One of our debt counselors will contact you and help walk you through the entire process. If you cannot wait the 12-hour turn around time, call Nationwide toll free right away at 800-890-6658. Our debt reduction advisors will be happy to answer your personal questions.