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What to Do if You Need to Sue a Debt Collector

November 29th, 2018 Comments off

If you’re in debt up to your ears, you might be worried that a debt collector might sue you for not paying on your debt. But did you know that there are many reasons for which you can actually sue them instead?

Keeping in mind that I’m not a lawyer, and am not giving any legal advice whatsoever, here are the facts:

The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, also known as the FDCPA, defines specific practices in which debt collectors may not engage. According to the FDCPA, you have the right to sue a collector in a State or Federal court if they engage in any of these forbidden practices.

So, what are these forbidden practices?

The first, and most common, is harassment. Under the FDCPA, harassment means use of “threats of violence or harm”, using obscene language, or annoying someone through repeated use of the telephone.

The second forbidden practice is using false statements to collect on a debt. The FDCPA prevents debt collectors from telling lies in order to collect on a debt. This includes falsely presenting themselves as government agents or attorneys, lying about how much is owed, or claiming that your inability to repay your debt makes you a criminal. Debt collections agents have a long history of being dishonest if it makes them easier to collect on a debt.

Debt collectors are also not allowed to publicize the fact that you owe money on a debt. This means they cannot contact other people about your debt, contact you via postcard (since the contents of a postcard can be seen by anyone), or publish your name on a list of people who have outstanding debts. The only time they can contact other people about a debt you owe is to discover your address, telephone number, or place of employment.

So, what are the consequences if a debt collector does break the rules and engage in one of these forbidden practices?

Your first action should be to inform them that you are aware of your rights under the FDCPA, and that they must cease their illegal actions. Most of the time, this will resolve the problem without you having to resort to legal action.

If that doesn’t do the trick, however, you still have up to a year from the time they violated the FDCPA to sue the debt collector in state or Federal court. You are allowed to sue them for any demonstrable damages that you suffered because of their illegal practices, such as lost wages or medical bills.

Even if it’s not possible for you to prove that they caused actual damages, the judge can still force them to pay you as much as $1,000. The judge can also make them pay you for any attorney’s fees that you incurred.

Keep in mind that just because the debt collector violated the law in trying to collect your debt, the debt does not just disappear if you actually owe it. Their violation of the law only entitles you to sue them under the FDCPA.

Make sure to know the law, and be aware of your rights. If anyone violates your legal rights, make sure you enforce your rights.

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The Three Big Mistakes of Getting a Debt Reduction Loan (and How Not to Make These Mistakes)

November 4th, 2018 Comments off

If you’re in debt up to your eyeballs, you’re probably on the telemarketers’ list. They call, offering to give you a debt reduction loan. At first, this kind of loan sounds like a dream come true. After all, why wouldn’t you want to lump all your smaller debts into one easy-to-pay loan with a low interest rate?

Any wise man will tell you that you can’t get something for nothing. This is absolutely true when it comes to debt consolidation loans. Although they look good, these loans can be full of traps to snare the unsuspecting person, getting you in more trouble than you already were in. Here are the worst of the traps of getting a debt reduction loan:

Trap #1: You’re treating the symptom, not curing the problem.

The worst aspect of debt reduction loans is that they don’t fix the problems that caused you to be in debt. Instead, they treat the “symptom” of having debt. When you get one of these loans, you just end up with a large loan that you have to make payments on…but you will also acquire new debts when you eventually start to, once again, spend more money than you have.

Any statistician can tell you that the likelihood is high that someone who gets a consolidation loan will wind up with the same amount of debt, or more, in two years or less. And remember, they’re still making payments on their new debt consolidation loan.

Trap #2: Making your unsecured debts into secured debts.

If you have credit card debt, you should know that it is what is called “unsecured debt”. This means that the loan is not backed up by a tangible object, such as your home. Most consolidation loans are what is known as “secured debt”, or debt that is backed up by something valuable, most often the house that you live in.

The main problem with this is that when you can’t pay off your loan (and this is not uncommon), the creditor has the ability to foreclose on your home. On the original debt, the only thing the creditor could do was sue you in a court of law. They couldn’t take your home from you.

What you’ve done to yourself by taking out a secured loan (also known as a “home equity loan”) is to make your home vulnerable to foreclosure. Not too smart of you, was it?

Trap #3: Higher interest rates, not lower.

Even if you dodge the bullet of getting a secured loan by getting an unsecured loan, you’re still gonna get smacked with higher interest rates. This is because your inability to pay off your current debts makes you a credit risk, meaning that anyone who is willing to give you credit is going to charge you a higher interest rate to offset the additional risk.

They may change the loan in different ways, including a longer loan term, in order to offer you lower monthly payments than you’re making right now. However, this means that you will still pay more in the long run for your debts. As somebody who is already in debt, you probably can’t afford to do this.

So, how do you avoid these traps?

You can steer clear of all of these traps by deciding to manage your own debt. Unless you’re already filing bankruptcy, you still have the capability of getting out of debt without resorting to the help of some new lender or a so-called credit counselor. You’ll have to make some drastic changes to your lifestyle, but after you change your lifestyle, you’ll be well on your way to changing the behaviors that got you into debt in the first place.

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Use This Real Estate Information To Your Advantage

August 4th, 2018 Comments off

The real estate agents work by linking together the two interested parties and charging a commission for their services. For sales, they charge commission only to the seller but for rentals (i.e. agent managed rentals) the commission is charged to both parties involved in the transaction.

The other interested party (i.e. the buyer/tenant), gets access to this information by contacting the real estate agent. Thats how the real estate agents become a hub of information.

Real estate agents would generally know the prices of various properties of different types and at various locations in the region.

It also takes into consideration the surrounding areas and the real estate trend in those areas. So, this real estate school of thought is really followed by arch real estate consultants/investors who know a lot about finance and put all that knowledge to use in determining the trends for real estate industry. However, that is just one real estate school of thought.

However, it is worth noting that real estate agents work on sellers behalf. So, beware if they are trying too hard to sell a property.

The real estate appraisal is done using various methods and the real estate appraisal values the property as different for difference purposes e.g. the real estate appraisal might assign 2 different values to the same property (Improved value and vacant value) and again the same/similar property might be assigned different values in a residential zone and a commercial zone.

A good real estate investor would evaluate the property on the basis of the developments going on in the region. So real estate appraisal as done by a real estate investor would come up with the value that the real estate investor can get out of the property by buying it at a low price and selling it at a much higher price (as in the present).

A real estate investor will generally base his investment decision on this real estate appraisal that he does by himself (or gets done through someone). So, can we then term real estate appraisal as a really real real estate appraisal?

I like sharing my knowledge about real estate and other, mostly finance info. I also owna webpagein Dutch called goedkoopste hypotheek and hypotheken.

Real Estate In Arizona And California

July 15th, 2018 Comments off

Arizona real estate market is really hot. The centre of a lot of action in Arizona is Phoenix metropolitan area. However, when it comes to real estate investing, every area is hot.

That said, even if you have chosen the region for investing in California real estate, you need to be careful with selecting the location in that region i.e. the California real estate piece that will fetch you good profit.

If you are looking to get a piece of Arizona real estate for yourself and your family, then you need to consider a lot of different things which will also influence your perception of the lowest (or the best price) for that Arizona real estate piece.

You could also partner with the local attorneys in the region i.e. attorneys who handle property matters in case of death, divorce, defaults etc. These people can give you good leads on California real estate investments. In such cases, whoever gets the information first gets the advantage. You can really lay your hands on some good California real estate deals in this way.

So with the California real estate prices rising (as always), investing in California real estate does seem like a great idea.

Real estate investment can happen for various reasons. You could invest in real estate because you need a house for yourself (that house of your dreams that you so badly want).

Real estate management demands time, which you will rarely have. Real estate management is not just about finding tenants and collecting rent from them. Real estate management is also about ensuring that you do all the duties that a landlord/landlady is required to do.

Though hiding your motivation will be a bit difficult, nonetheless give it a good try. If you are looking for Arizona real estate just for investment purposes then you would probably have a lot more time on hand to evaluate various properties before you actually go ahead with one.

So, really, real estate management is not that easy a job for someone who is in a full time job. However, there is a solution to this and that is hiring a real estate management firm to do all these activities on your behalf.

Real Estate is what I write about many times. I also have a pageabout mortgages in the Netherlands, i’ts named: hypotheekrente and hypotheek rente

How to Become Debt Free By Budgeting Your Money

April 24th, 2018 Comments off

Ok, so you have stumbled across create a budget and are probably wondering how in the world to get out from beneath a mountain of debt. This is a problem that plagues many people but the answer is much easier than the actions. Even though it is tough to get debt free, it CAN be done and I will show you how to get there.

One of the first huge steps in becoming debt free is in knowing where you stand financially. Knowing where you are financially means you HAVE TO draw up a budget. Creating a financial budget is EXTREMELY important to your long-term success. For you to get debt free you need to know what monthly income you have coming in and what monthly expenses you have going out every month. My personal budgets take this one step further; you also must take into account expenses that are likely to occur annually, such as vehicle registrations.

What do you put in a budget? I’ll show you what a typical expense budget might look like for the average American.

Rent/Mortgage – $995

Auto Insurance – $120

Auto Loan – $405

Auto Loan #2 – $300

Life Insurance – $64

Water – $40

Electricity – $81

Garbage – $19

Natural Gas – $120

Childcare – $495+

Gasoline – $300

Groceries – $995

Telephone – $40

Cable – $50

Internet – $49

Cell Phone – $99

Credit Card – $99

Student Loans – $101+

Total – $4385++

Looking at the finances shown above, each item taken alone doesn’t seem like too bad an idea. But together things start to get out of control. In the above budget we have almost $4400 of monthly expenses, AFTER taxes. In order to BREAK EVEN on this type of financial budget you HAVE TO be raking in about $70K per year. Keep in mind this doesn’t include children’s doctor’s visits, and all the other annual crap we haven’t even addressed yet, such as enrollment fees, the vehicle expenditures such as registrations and the one off mechanical failures that can cost an arm and a leg. It’s no wonder people are up to their eyeballs in debt. Most people don’t make $70K,$70,000 and most people have all kinds of one off expenditures that aren’t outlined on the above financial budget. In order to know where you can cut back, you must know what you have.

My first assignment for you people out there reading this is to do this very first step. Make a budget and BE HONEST – it will do you no good if it is not right. As soon as we get this done we will be talking about such things as discretionary spending and debt equity. Let us get our financial budgets prepared so we can begin working on a plan to BECOME DEBT FREE!!!

Richard DFO Hijinx has an article showing you how to create a financial budget