In this article, we will explain how debt settlement may negatively impact your credit score and provide credit score simulations.
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Debt settlement (or debt relief) can be a great way to achieve debt freedom when debt becomes unmanageable or when an unexpected financial hardship occurs. Most people that enroll in a debt settlement program realize that they need some sort of debt relief, so they understand that their credit score will be impacted negatively, but the extent of that is unclear.
Just as a note, debt settlement is not for those who are looking for a quick out to their debt, but is an avenue for those who would like to avoid bankruptcy and know that the credit score will be negatively affected regardless. Debt settlement might be or might not be a good option for someone with an 800+ FICO score as well as a 570 FICO score, but it really depends on each individual situation.
In this article, we will present specific examples of how debt settlement may affect your credit score and give insight into how you and Ascend can mitigate these negative effects.
How does the Credit Score work?
I won’t go into too much detail, as the goal of this article is to get into the specifics of how debt settlement affects your credit score. I do want to provide a quick overview of how Credit Score works. Fair Isaac and Company (FICO) does not provide the exact details of how the score is calculated, but they do provide the weights of the criteria as follows:
How Will Debt Settlement Affect My Credit Score?
Many folks ask us, “How will debt settlement impact MY credit score?” We can get into some scenarios later, but this is a challenging question because the impact is made up of the following factors:
A Simulation of How Your Debt Settlement Impacts Your Credit Score:
We would love to run a simulation for your specific situation, but in this article, we will observe three hypothetical scenarios using the FICO simulator found from the consumer division of FICO where the entrant in the debt settlement program has good credit, fair credit and poor credit as defined by Experian. We hope this gives you the most accurate projection of the dip level. As stated above, each score is different, so this is a simulation and actual results may vary. Please also note that these are ranges, so it's possible to dip from the highest range to the lowest range.
Good Credit (670-739) - Credit Impact Range
Fair Credit (580-669) - Credit Impact Range
Poor Credit (<580) - Credit Impact Range
How does Ascend help mitigate this negative effect?
Ascend realizes that this is one of the major pain points for individuals, so Ascend works tirelessly to make sure that the credit score impact is mitigated through three main components:
Can you run a simulation for me? Is Debt Settlement right for me?
We would be happy to see how your credit score may be impacted. All you need to provide is your email below if you’d like us to run through a simulation for you and see whether Debt Settlement is best for you.
Debt settlement can be an excellent way to get out of debt and achieve financial freedom even if the credit score is temporarily negatively affected. Whether it's best for you depends on each individual as everyone comes to the table with different experiences and goals. Generally, we decide what's best based on a combination of your goals and preferences, mathematical equations of your income and expenses, and a full understanding of what will save you the most money and allow you to best achieve debt freedom.