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Steve Rhode
Steve Rhode is the Get Out of Debt Guy and has been helping good people with bad debt problems since 1994. You can learn more about Steve, here.

Innovative Wealth Builders in FTC News Again With Independent Resources Network

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It seems like forever Ive been writing about Innovative Wealth Builders and all the unhappy consumers that feel for their debt relief pitch. But it looks like the FTC has taken a step against their payment processor that could have ramifications in other parts of the debt world with payment processors and escrow companies. According to the Federal Trade Commission ... Read More »

Is Real Estate Law Center in Pasadena, CA a Scam? – Roland

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“Dear Steve, Is real estate law center in Pasadena Ca a scam? I want info on a case that they have won, but can’t give me any info. They want me to pay money up front. They do not sound like a “real” company.Do you have any info on these people if they are legit? They said that I would ... Read More »

My Credit Score is Stagnant After My Bankruptcy. – Lynn

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“Dear Steve, I discharged my debt in 2010, opened a few charge cards to build my credit. Have been doing all the right things. On time payments, debt on cards never over 30%, paid my car off and my Fico score stays the same. 686 for a year now. Before bankruptcy my score was 750-790. What is going on? I ... Read More »

Sheila Bair, Former FDIC Chairman Shares Thoughts on Financial Failures

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Sheila Bair, former chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., shares her thoughts about on what went wrong in the banking industry and how to prevent financial collapse in the future. In this video she talks about how bankruptcy is now the strategy to deal with future banking failures, why over borrowing was a critical cause of the financial failures, ... Read More »

My Debt Relief Company Vanished and I Want My Escrow Money Back. – Julie

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“Dear Steve, I cannot get in touch with my debt relief company. I have 1900.00 built up in my escrow with my debt relief co. I have tried to get in touch with them, for status updates, with no response. The numbers are disconnected and I get no response when I mailed a letter to the address. should I stop ... Read More »

I Enrolled With Freedom Debt Relief and Now I’m Thinking About National Debt Relief. – Marty

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“Dear Steve, Unfortunately, we have been spending more than I bring home. Instead of directly dealing with this, I took out cash advances on my credit cards. Then, I took out a personal loan to pay them off. Unfortunately, the same situation arose and then I took out cash advances on my credit cards, followed by a personal line of ... Read More »

Retired Couple Takes Out Loans With Payments Twice Their Income

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“Dear Steve, My wife and I are retired with a fixed income of just under $3000 a month. Over the last few months, we’ve had to take out loans at several, high interest businesses. Now, our payments are twice our income. We have a small place, (mobile home and storage bldgs.) valued at about $20,000, which is free and clear. ... Read More »

I Am Terrified I May Have to Pay Taxes on My Forgiven Student Loan Debt. – Elizabeth

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“Dear Steve, I am 27 years old and have a Master’s Degree in Social Work. All of my loans are government loans (no private loans). I accrued all of my debt (approximately $89,000) in graduate school. As a social worker, I do not make much per year and have consolidated my loans and am on the income-based repayment plan, paying ... Read More »

I Was Turned Down by Lending Club and Prosper for a Debt Consolidation Loan. – Brian

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“Dear Steve, I applied at LendingClub.com and at Prosper.com for a loan to consolidate my debt. I was declined at both. I have been trying to find a solution to consolidate my debt and eventually eliminate it. No places simply want to provide a loan. My credit score is good (690 ish). What other steps should I take to consolidate ... Read More »

The Get Out of Debt Guy 8 Easy Steps to Eliminate Your Debt Checklist

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So you want to get out of debt. Congratulations. To make your journey easier and to help you on your way, here is an easy to follow checklist to guide you on your journey. Getting out of debt can be broken down into some very simple steps to make the process easy, obvious, and help you to do it yourself. ... Read More »

Student Loan Debt by Generation. Sorry Gen X and Millennials.

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Here is a nifty infographic showing the generational difference and growing danger of student loan debt. Looks like Generation X, those born between 1965 and 1984 is sinking fast. But more Millennials are loaded up with debt than any other generation. And this is what an unfolding crisis looks like. Get Out of Debt Guy – Twitter, G+, Facebook If ... Read More »

CFPB Suit Against Debt Relief Company Should Make Industry Very Afraid

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Yesterday the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau filed suit against American Debt Settlement Solutions, Inc. and Michael DiPanni. If you are in the debt relief industry you need to become painfully familiar with this suit because it will make you soil your pants. For the first time the CFPB has laid out its hand on what they feel is an abusive ... Read More »

Can Bank of America Really Give My Mortgage to the Blood Suckers at Green Tree? – Mike

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“Dear Steve, I applied for a loan modification with Bank of America that took almost a year to finally finish. They did not do very much but extend my 30 yr mortgage to 40 years at 5% and quite frankly did not bring my payment down by much. PLus even with a “Quick Deed” signed and divorce papers B of ... Read More »

My Private Student Loans Have Been Bought and Sold So Many Times. – Alex

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“Dear Steve, I make 15 hr and I have about $150,000 in private student loans and $50,000 in Federal loans. My federal loan payment right now is $32 a month which doesn’t cover the interest but it’s really all I can pay now. I have defaulted on all the private loans since they offered me no reasonable solution or payment ... Read More »

Will American Express Settle With Legal Helpers Debt Resolution? – Dave

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“Dear Steve, Signed up almost 3 yrs ago with Legal Helpers Debt Resolution. Almost at the end of 3 yr contract. Started with 5 CC accounts. Now only 2 left. LHDR negotiated 3 (2 to go). I still have 2 CC debts to settle. One is for 13K (they have not been agressive and have not taken any legal steps ... Read More »

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