Information made available in early October has led to the discovery that there are consumers who, in some areas, are seeing more positive results in terms of their repayment obligations, but in instances where loans are concerned, we have seen an increase in the number of delinquencies that consumers have when it comes to certain types of loans like home-equity loans to auto loans. However, we have also seen that there are improvements being made when it comes to bank-card delinquencies, as the number of consumers behind on this particular type of credit was down, while these loans saw an increase.
This has led to some consumers looking into debt repayment programs as a way to help them avoid missed payments as there are some assistance plans that consumers have used in the past to help them avoid missed payments by funding more affordability. When it comes to personal loans, this could heavily depend on the lender or the financial situation, as any consumer who has missed the payment as a result of financial distress has often found that snowball effects can arise in these areas and when delinquency becomes a problem on one particular type of debt, it may indicate that consumers are having trouble in other areas of repayment as well.
Obviously, one area of frustration that consumers have seen repayment problems is in the area of home loans, but credit cards have been a problem for some in the past and now we see that these personal loans are causing a drain on the personal financial situation of many consumers. However, some consumers may be able to contact their lender directly to inquire about these assistance programs as financial advisers often point out that if hardships can be shown as a result of no fault on the part of the borrower, this could lead to more affordability in terms of reduced payments or even forbearance options for some.
This may require that a consumer show that unemployment or health issues, just to name a few problems, have arisen and they cannot meet their obligation where they would have otherwise been able to do so. These types of assistance are not always available nor are lenders willing to necessarily offer reduced payments, but in cases where a consumer has been a good customer, may have a good credit history, or has fallen into one of these situations, there may be hope in some areas for some who fear delinquency may be close at hand.
In other situations, some homeowners have contacted a debt management specialist, which may come through a credit counselor, as a way to work out debt repayment agreements with certain creditors when a consumer has found that they cannot pay what they owe, in terms of minimum payments, at the present time but want to avoid missed payments or defaulting entirely. In the end, consumers will have to make a personal decision as to how they address their debt delinquency, particularly those who are seeing problems when it comes to repairing these types of loans, but contacting a creditor early or speaking with a credit counselor who may be able to help consumers better budget their money have been some practices we seen as of late for distressed consumers who are having trouble paying what they owe on various debts.