If you've got a significant amount of debt, paying off even one of those debts can seem like (and indeed is) a big accomplishment. Whether you've finally paid off a credit card, a car loan or something even larger like your mortgage, you might expect your credit score to increase.
You always dreamed of a big, old-fashioned southern wedding -- or maybe that was your spouse's lifelong fantasy. Regardless of whose idea it was, you ended up tens of thousands of dollars in debt for the big day.
Chapter 7 bankruptcy focuses on reducing and eliminating the debts of those who have low incomes or high debt-to-income ratios. With a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, you might have some of your assets liquidated in order to pay back some or all of what you owe.
It's easier than ever to put just about any expense on your credit card. You can pay your health insurance premium, utility bills and more with your cards. If you're able to pay off your credit card balance every month and get some free miles on your favorite airline in the process, this may be a wise move. However, for too many people, more places to use their credit card simply means more credit card debt.
If you have a child or other family member who is unable to get the loan or credit card they want on their own, they may ask you to be a cosigner or joint account holder. Before agreeing to do this, it's essential to understand what this could mean for you -- particularly if your loved one is unable to make their payments.
You know you have debt problems, but how bad are they? You don't want to file for bankruptcy too quickly, but you also don't want to put it off too long. After all, you could be facing issues like wage garnishment. Every extra month that this garnishment goes on is more money that you lose.
In the first quarter of this year, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac reported that they prevented nearly 39,000 foreclosures. According to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), these two government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) have stopped over 4 million foreclosures since the height of the recession in Sept. 2008. In the majority of cases (over 3,600,000), homeowners were able to remain in their homes.