Understanding Negotiations with a Creditor

by : Donthisumanth

When we think of the term creditor, most of us shrink at the thought of owing someone money. Used in the financial world, the term "credit" originated with a chance percentage of whether or not someone would pay back their loans or not. In the early days, a person's dependability or personal reputation had a lot to do with their ability to pay their bills on time or repay their loans. If these were not paid, the "shooster" was considered undependable and shiftless, and then ran out of town on a rail.

Creditor would be always desiring for a successful settlement negotiation so as to have the account permanently closed. Such creditor could be typically a company, an individual or a bank to whom a person owes money from a past bill or a loan that was not paid.

With the recent home mortgage most of us obtain mortgage loans from the banks who actually owns the homes that are mortgaged. In this case the creditor would be the bank and the debtor is the one not being able to pay for the home mortgage loan.

The creditors always wanting to negotiate with a debtor for settlement so that they can close the account permanently by any possible means. All it depends on what type of creditor is involved, what kind of debt it is, for how long the debt is kept unpaid and the credit rate of the debtor.

Of course, the willingness of the customer to pay it off plays into this somewhere and somehow. But in the case of the mortgaged homes, the bank ends up taking the house back from the debtor, in order to recoup some of the money owed to them due because of a major inability to make monthly payments. The homeowner walks away either by choice or through forced evictions by the bank.

Making a payment plan with the creditor is part of getting a person's credit back on track, a preferable choice of both parties. And the payment plan usually does not go beyond a three or six-month pay off, and it almost always is less than the original bill was originally. If the creditor does not or cannot work out a payment plan with their money-owing customer, usually bankruptcy may occur or the bill will remain unresolved.

Very little is known to debtors about the bankruptcy and the majority of them knowing little about finances. Bankruptcy has changed during the last year in comparison to filing in the past. Due to lack of communication money matters have compounded to a point that most creditor and debtor relationships are in serious trouble. As money related priorities keep shifting in an individual.

Due to human errors or system errors, some of the creditor's documentation may not be correct and the payment outstanding list may be incorrect. When such a thing happens the bureau can be notified to remove the errors. That is why it is important to evaluate and obtain a periodical free credit report of an individual.