Many Houston residents are struggling with high debt levels. In many cases, these folks may want to do the right thing and meet their obligations to creditors. For those who are employed and have retirement accounts, borrowing from a 401(k) may be a tempting debt management strategy.
Texas consumers who are struggling to pay their bills may opt to file for bankruptcy. When a case is filed, a trustee will be appointed to oversee it. In Chapter 7, this person will inventory a debtor's assets and move to liquidate any nonexempt property. In some cases, a debtor has nothing to liquidate. In such a scenario, the trustee will notify the court that it is a no asset case.
Texas consumers who are considering filing for bankruptcy might wonder how long it will remain on their credit record. A Chapter 7 bankruptcy remains on a person's credit report for ten years while a Chapter 13 bankruptcy stays on the credit report for seven years.
If you have fallen behind on your car or truck payments, the lender may be threatening to take it back. You need your vehicle for work, to take the kids to school, to go grocery shopping. How will you manage if the repo man comes?
Some people in Texas who are struggling with debt might be able to use a 401(k) hardship withdrawal. Only certain types of 401(k) plans allow this type of withdrawal, and it can be used only for specific types of expenses. 401(k) hardship withdrawals can be used for funeral or burial expenses, payments that prevent foreclosure or eviction, repairs for some types of home damage, a new primary residence or medical bills.
People in Texas might be in for some post-holiday buyer's remorse when they see their incoming credit card statements. Overall, Americans spent a lot during the 2017 holiday season, and many of their purchases were charged. A recent MagnifyMoney study claims that the average American consumer put themselves a little more than $1,000 in debt due to holiday spending. Furthermore, many of those people expect paying off that debt to be a slow process.