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Consumer Debt Facts in Ozark

Alabama Consumer Debt Accumulation by County

Ozark Consumer Debt Accumulation

$398 dollars in debt in 2016

The average Ozark resident accumulated $398 dollars in debt in 2016. Ozark citizens racked up a total of $5.9 million in debt in the 2016 fiscal year.

What are the Debt Consolidation Options available in Ozark?

Facing Debt: You have options

If you've got some serious debt accumulating, it can be extremely daunting. When the bills keep piling up, and you might not know where to turn to for help. Maybe you've heard a bit about debt consolidation but aren't too sure on how it can help you climb your way out from the hole you're in.

Debt consolidation doesn't have to be scary, and there are many options which will help you get out of debt faster. Research all of your options and then pick the one that works best for you and your financial situation.

Secured Debt Consolidation Loans in Ozark

Typically a secured debt consolidation loan allows you to lump most of your debt payments under a single bill at a lower rate than the individual rates you may have been getting. However, in order to secure a lower rate with a secured debt consolidation loan, you must have some type of asset to use as collateral, such as your home. More information on that can be found below.

How much of a loan you can get depends on the type of collateral you have and how much it's worth. These types of loans can also be repaid back over a long length of time, anywhere from 5 to 30 years, and they can often boost your credit rating if managed properly. Otherwise, you risk defaulting on the loan and losing the asset used as collateral.

Unsecured Debt Consolidation Loans in Ozark

Much like a secured debt consolidation loan, an unsecured debt consolidation loan lets you combine your debt payments under one lump sum with one interest rate. However, unlike a secured debt consolidation loan, you're not required to have an asset or collateral to receive such a loan.

Because you aren't offering up any collateral for such a loan, it's a much riskier loan for debt consolidators, and your interest rate could be somewhat high. These loans are determined according to your credit history and score, and the upside to an unsecured debt consolidation loan is that you aren't in jeopardy of losing your asset should you default.

Using a Home Equity Loan as Debt Consolidation in AL

A home equity loan lets you borrow money, using your home as collateral. This home equity loan is essentially a second mortgage that allows you to turn the equity on your home (the money your property is worth minus the amount you owe on it) into cash to be used at your discretion, such as debt consolidation. These loans are set up to be repaid quicker than your mortgage in equal payments with a fixed interest rate.

Home equity loans are secured loans which have the same risks and rewards already mentioned.

There are also programs which permit you to consolidate all of your credit card debt into one single payment (and interest rate). If you've got good credit, you could also be able to negotiate a lower interest rate on your credit cards, making it easier to repay.

Another option is to qualify for a new credit card at a low introductory interest rate (possibly as low as 0%) and transfer your credit card balance to your new card. While you're in your interest free rate, you should pay double payments in order to pay off your debt faster. But understand that the interest may very well be fairly high after the promotional period. Consider this way of consolidating debt only if you know you can pay off the debt while the introductory rate is in effect.

Another option with respect to debt consolidation is to enroll in a debt management program. A credit counseling agency will help you set up a debt management plan to help you pay off your debt as quickly as possible. This agency will also usually negotiate with your debtors so that they can reduce interest rates and fees.

Once the repayments are negotiated you will usually set up an account with the credit counseling agency and pay one lump sum a month into the account. The credit counseling agency will then disburse the payments out to each creditor. This benefits you because you only have to make one payment, and additionally it gives creditors more assurance that your payments will be made on time every month.

Credit counseling agencies can also help you develop a budget that's simple for you to follow and help alleviate some of the stress your debt has been causing you. If you stick to the plan a debt management program can help you save money, get rid of debt sooner and have a positive effect on your credit score.

Debt settlement is a strategy intended to pay off debts for less than you owe in a timeframe less than if you pay the debt in full. Debt Settlements are usually reserved for higher debt amounts of at least $10,000. Usually, the consumer enlists the help of a professional debt settlement company and/or lawfirm.

Those who choose to settle their debt can end up paying less than the full amount they owe. You will usually damage your credit in the short term, and there is a risk of litigration from creditors.

If you are serious about settling your debt, give us a call and we will see if you qualify.

Consumers have recently filed 9 debt or credit card complaints in Ozark.

Date Company and Reason
08/30/2017 A complaint against Southwest Credit Systems, L.P. was filed on 08/30/2017 relating to debt collection practices and alleges that Southwest Credit Systems, L.P. is attempting to collect a debt not owed by the consumer.
05/02/2017 A complaint against HEARTLAND PAYMENT SYSTEMS INC was filed on 05/02/2017 relating to debt collection practices and alleges that HEARTLAND PAYMENT SYSTEMS INC is attempting to collect a debt not owed by the consumer.
03/03/2017 A complaint against Army and Air Force Exchange Service was filed on 03/03/2017 regarding credit card practices
12/04/2014 A complaint against Allied Interstate LLC was filed on 12/04/2014 regarding debt collection practices
08/22/2014 A complaint against Retrieval-Masters Creditors Bureau, Inc. was filed on 08/22/2014 regarding debt collection practices
05/12/2014 A complaint against Meade & Associates, Inc. was filed on 05/12/2014 regarding debt collection practices
01/31/2014 A complaint against CITIBANK, N.A. was filed on 01/31/2014 regarding credit card practices
06/10/2013 A complaint against CAPITAL ONE FINANCIAL CORPORATION was filed on 06/10/2013 regarding credit card practices
06/18/2012 A complaint against BANK OF AMERICA, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION was filed on 06/18/2012 regarding credit card practices

Last updated: 2018-04-12

Top Reasons for Debt in Ozark

OverSpending

The single most common form of debt help that people seek is for credit cards that got out of control.

Divorce

If you are going through a change in marital status in Ozark and can't pay all of the bills, we may be able to help.

Job Loss

When unemployment in Ozark rises, many consumers are left unable to pay their bills. Debt management options are available.

Medical Bills

Unexpected medical expenses happen. A simple treatment can be billed at outrageous rates. Many consumers prefer to settle their medical debt.

Dale County, Alabama annual city consumer debt rankings are in. We have analyzed the average consumer spending behavior across 10 cities and towns in Dale County, AL. The average citizen in Ozark is spending approximately $398 more dollars than they earned annually, compared to the average of $366 across Alabama. All statistics according to the latest data(2016).

Highest Debt Cities in Dale County Alabama

  1. Fort Rucker ranks 1st out of 10 cities in Dale County in consumer debt accumulation with $64 per resident on average in 2016.
  2. Pinckard ranks 2nd out of 10 cities in Dale County in consumer debt accumulation with $198 per resident on average in 2016.
  3. Enterprise ranks 3rd out of 10 cities in Dale County in consumer debt accumulation with $201 per resident on average in 2016.
  4. Dothan ranks 4th out of 10 cities in Dale County in consumer debt accumulation with $307 per resident on average in 2016.
  5. Ozark ranks 5th out of 10 cities in Dale County in consumer debt accumulation with $398 per resident on average in 2016.
  6. Napier Field ranks 6th out of 10 cities in Dale County in consumer debt accumulation with $399 per resident on average in 2016.
  7. Newton ranks 7th out of 10 cities in Dale County in consumer debt accumulation with $435 per resident on average in 2016.
  8. Daleville ranks 8th out of 10 cities in Dale County in consumer debt accumulation with $448 per resident on average in 2016.
  9. Clayhatchee ranks 9th out of 10 cities in Dale County in consumer debt accumulation with $482 per resident on average in 2016.
  10. Midland City ranks 10th out of 10 cities in Dale County in consumer debt accumulation with $607 per resident on average in 2016.
How does Dale County rank in Alabama?
Alabama County Debt Distribution

8 counties in Alabama accumulated $500+ in debt in 2016. Ozark averaged $398 per resident.

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