Navigating Debt Relief: Understanding the Differences Between Settlement and Consolidation

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Erik Kaplan

CEO, THD Credit Consulting
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(800) 822-7120

Debt consolidation and debt settlement are two very different methods of managing and paying off debt, each having different implications and impacts on your credit. While each process has advantages and disadvantages, you should consider these options thoroughly before deciding which approach to take.
What is Debt Settlement?
In simple terms, debt settlement is a process in which the debt to the creditors is negotiated at an amount that is less than what is owed. Debt settlement can negatively impact credit scores, and not all creditors will agree to settle.
What is Debt Consolidation?
On the other hand, debt consolidation combines multiple debts into a single loan with a lower interest rate. This can simplify the repayment process as this new loan now only requires one monthly payment to be made.  Debt consolidation can positively impact credit scores if the payments are all made on time.
When is Debt Settlement an Option?
  • Inability to pay debts due to financial hardship, such as a job loss or medical emergency
  • High debt-to-income ratio making it difficult to keep up with payments
  • If facing legal action, such as a lawsuit or wage garnishment
  • If all other debt-relief options have been exhausted
When is Debt Consolidation an Option?
  • If you have multiple debts with different interest rates and monthly payments and it is challenging to keep track of payments
  • Debts with high-interest rates
  • Needing improved cash flow by reducing monthly payments
When deciding between debt settlement and debt consolidation, it’s important to consider your individual circumstances such as your credit score and the amount of debt you have.
Ultimately, the best way to determine which option is right for you is to let THD Credit help you evaluate your options. 
Call us today at 1-800-822-7120 and let us develop a debt relief plan that’s tailored to your needs. 

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