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My HELOC Keeps Rejecting My Loan Modification Attempts

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“Dear Steve, I am writing regarding a 2nd (HELOC) on my Condo. When I lost my job in 2010 – I fell behind on my mortgage and HELOC – I went to then Countrywide and they said they would work with me but, didn’t – then when it was sold to B of A, the situation got worse. I finally ... Read More »

    My Husband Proudly Serves in the US Army But Has Student Loans

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    “Dear Steve, My husband is in the US Army has been proudly servicing since 1998. He is considering retirement (he has prior service before 1988 which counts towards his 20 years). He has about $44,000 left of his student loans. His loans were consolidated since shortly after 1998 (his graduation from vet school). We don’t seem to be making a ... Read More »

      How Can I Best Settle My Kids Student Loans?

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      “Dear Steve, Have 2 kids who are heavily in debt [one just lost their job] each has a separate student loan [57k and 83K] which they are on time paying, but won’t be for long. As their Dad I want to remove [payoff with discount where possible] both loans. What is the best way to do this with 2 separate ... Read More »

        Universal Debt Services Gets Order to Make Restitution

        The folks over at the Connecticut Department of Banking, otherwise known as the people you don’t want to F with, have reached out and touched Universal Debt Services, Inc. in New York. The State assets the following: 1. Respondent is a New York corporation with offices at 100 Veterans Boulevard, Massapequa, New York, and One Cross Island Plaza, Suite 100, ... Read More »

          I’m 22 and Need to Fix My Credit So I Can Buy a Car

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          “Dear Steve, I am 22 years old. I have never had any help with my family with any money growing up. I graduated High School in 2009 and started out with a couple credit cards. Bank of America for School books and Best Buy for a laptop. I also had a car payment that my sister had underneath her credit ... Read More »

            Our New Expenses Leave Us Unable to Pay Our Credit Cards. – Erika

            We are going to need some voodoo for this situation.

            “Dear Steve, I’m a 39 year old married woman with a 11 month old infant. My husband is a stay at home dad. We only have 1 income. We recently are in the process of building a new home. We currently live in a Condo that will be rented to ensure that the mortgage and condo fee are covered. I ... Read More »

              My Debt Makes Me Sick and I See No Way Out. – Emily

              don't give up

              “Dear Steve, I am in financial turmoil right now and I am extremely stressed out to the point of being sick because of it. I work a full time job, but I don’t make enough to support myself. I do have some physical restrictions due to the physical nature of my job and having it take its toll on my ... Read More »

                Homeowner’s Relief Line Commercial – Caution

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                Yesterday I spotted a new debt relief commercial on television for some company that claimed to be Homeowner’s Relief Line. The commercial made all sorts of claims about saving your home from foreclosure, helping with loan modification and giving the impression the consumer is the victim. In general and in my experience, these types of commercials are funnels for people ... Read More »

                  Student Loan Interest Rates to Double and Might Go Variable

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                  If Congress does not take action the rate subsidized student loan holders pay will double July 1, 2013 from 3.4% to 6.8%. Student loan interest rates have been set by Congress and kept artificially low as a way to encourage education. But a vote in the House yesterday about a Republican proposal is set to have some very dangerous and ... Read More »

                    WFS Debt Relief & Whitelight Financial Services Scammed Me for $1,500. – Wes

                    Shocked Face

                    “Dear Steve, About 3 yrs ago I was having a difficult time keeping up with my high interest credit card bills and overheard on the local radio station about WFS Debt Relief. At that point I was still making all payments and on time. I was new to the whole “debt consolidation” industry and was simply looking for some help. ... Read More »

                      World Law Debt, Global Client Solutions and Others Sued in NC. TRO.

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                      Yesterday the State of North Carolina and the North Carolina State Bar filed suit against Swift Rock Financial, World Law Debt, World Law Group, Orion Processing, World Law Processing, Derin Scott, and Global Client Solutions. This suit is different than many others I’ve seen in that it is a joint effort by both the State Bar and the Attorney General. ... Read More »

                        Can I Ditch Golden State Debt Management and Save Money? – Art

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                        “Dear Steve, I am using the Consumer Credit Counseling program with Golden State Debt Management. It involves me allowing them to deduct $625 per month from my checking account. In total, they keep about $125 in fees each month. High. But even including those fees, I’m still saving $90 / month versus the astronomical interest I was paying before. (The ... Read More »

                          Is Credence Law Group a Legit Company or a Scam? – John

                          puzzle

                          “Dear Steve, I have been approved for a loan modification thru Credence Law Group. They are now asking for $3600.00 fees. They say they are sending paperwork and contracts for me to sign tomorrow. I need to know if this company is legit? I have nothing in hand to confirm that I am approved. What can you tell me about ... Read More »

                            My Experian Credit Report Still Shows Old Negative Items – Joseph

                            Writing Q&A, Questions and Answers on a blackboard.

                            “Dear Steve, I just received an investigation report from Equifax that the 03/2008 Collection Account has been fully paid since 03/2010 and is currently reporting a zero balance for this account. Yet, when I printed my 05/21/2013 Credit Report the said account is still listed with Experian and a part of my High Impact Differences. I also had fully paid ... Read More »

                              Cockburn & Associate Claims Make Me Wonder If They Are True – Georgia

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                              “Dear Steve, I have quite a bit of debt outside of my mortgage about $60,000 and it is causing us much stress and it just seems to keep going up rather then diminishing at all so I have been trying to figure out ways to pay it down this is how I came across the company I have a question ... Read More »

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