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Recovering From Bankruptcy and/or Tough Financial Times

They say in many sports, true champions are athletes that consistently overcome adversity to emerge victorious. Coincidentally, the more times adversity is conquered, the more respect an athlete or team receives from their fans and critics. Complete domination is a very rare and, sometimes, an unappreciated, stagnant, pinnacle within athletics, convincing fans to turn off their televisions or protest for the addition or modification of rules, in hopes of spurring an explosion in competition once again. Furthermore, there always seems to be the ‘rematch,’ that classic battle in which legendary giants war with one another in a struggle to achieve that one monumental moment we all strive to live.

Yet, when observed under the microscope, a sports event is only a microcosm of our everyday life in which rules are all laid out neatly, precisely, and deliberately and each event has a near precisely known end time. Within life we all know the rules are much more extensive and their variables are infinitely extensive as well. You may not just have a broken finger or pulled hamstring you are waiting to recover so you can play in game three of a high profile five game series, but, as a player in the game of life, you may also be contending with a car that won’t start, a broken family, and a company that is fishing for a larger annual profit and is downsizing your position next week. Like the classic rematches, sometimes it’s necessary to start things over, train ferociously, and make a second effort to truly capture the energy of the crowd. And, also like the classic rematches, many times, the second time around is just what that person needed to inspire the world that is theirs’ of their own worth within it.

Again, like in sports, those athletes that were beaten may be embarrassed, but their training, inner drive, and professionalism keeps them returning for another shot at glory. In life, when a clean slate is needed, a huge burden of shame is normally carried by the person needing to make that fresh start as well. This feeling of loss, of being a quitter, or a failure, often accompanies the person long into the future, making the task of reemerging the winner endlessly more daunting than it needs to be and, often, impossible. This blog is dedicated specifically to overcoming tough financial times and helping you with rebuilding your personal credit and restoring your financial life when things come off track. Consider yourself just the athlete training hard repetitively and learning to suppress that kneejerk reaction to give up. There is plenty of room for a come- from- behind victory or a gloriously epic rematch, all you need to know are the ‘Hows’.

Your financial well-being can be split into three key ‘periods’; one, keeping your head in the game, two, dealing with problems, and, three, knowing when to throw in the towel and call for a rematch. If you haven’t already done so, I highly advise you to read the book The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason. This book is less than 150 very small pages and is, in my opinion, hands down the best financial planning book ever written. It’s a very simplistic, easy read, yet full of wisdom and good advice.

Point Number 1: Keeping Your Head In the Game: This is, hands down, the simplest of the three periods to learn and enact, the problem is, very few of us ever take the time to implement it and end up getting entangled with a web of unnecessary problems first before backtracking to finally do things right. Please take the time to do this step, self awareness is an absolute necessity for financial success. Point number one is ALWAYS REMIND YOURSELF TO EDUCATE YOURSELF AT ALL TIMES AND KEEP TRACK OF THE NUMBERS. As time moves forward and changes, so do financial policies. Being aware of your own financial situation, i.e. your assets, your expenses, and your earnings, at all times is a must. Keep a written record of these items and actively keep yourself in the green a minimum of 10% of your income each month. Set aside this money for a savings fund you can dip into down the road to use for investments that will work for you, paying you back multiple times over while, simultaneously, taking the burden of work off your own shoulders. If you fail to keep your head in the game and do not keep track of your own money, the famous saying, ‘a fool and his money are soon parted’ will eventually happen to you too. If this happens, like it happened to me, you will look around wondering why you have been working 50 or 60+ hours for the last X number of years with little or no savings and very few assets to show for it. Don’t get discouraged, fight that feeling of failure, and remind yourself it has happened to many other people smarter than most of us, and then, as one of my old drill sergeants used to say in his very educated English, “Drive on more smartly the next time soldier.”

Point Number 2: Dealing with Problems: From large to small, our world is full of problems, obstacles that will eventually come in contact with you and your own dreams and desires, to think otherwise is to only be kidding yourself. Accepting this statement as factual is the first step towards defending against problems. SPEND A LITTLE TIME EACH DAY REFLECTING ON YOURSELF, predicting problems before they become overwhelming, having reserves and plans set to react, and then dealing with these problems in an appropriate manner i.e. perhaps avoiding them all together or tackling them head on. In an ideal world, most of us would say that problems wouldn’t exist. If you could enact that environment and then somehow avoid the inevitable boredom that would loom in a life without any drama at all, life would be simpatico, the truth is, however, realistically, in this life, it ‘aint gonna happen.’ Therefore, the best thing I think anyone can do is to embrace a problem at each stage, either, before, during, or after it appears and then have that problem work for you, providing you energy, rather than sapping it from you. ‘Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,’ as they say. In regards to finances, I think the simplest thing that can be done is to save. As I pointed out in point number 1, do your absolute best to save 10%, or more, each month and try to live off the other 90%. There are going to be times when you are tempted to spend that 10%, either out of necessity or just desire, however, usually what you will find is that, although the first month or two may be tough, after a while, you will not miss or, even, notice that extra 10%. This is most easily accomplished when you have a raise in salary at your work. Try to continue living on what you were already making and taking the extra ‘raise’ and putting that into savings. Having a nest egg will help you sleep easier and provide more options to you when problems do arise. And remember the saying, ‘Make money work for you, not you work for money.’

Point Number 3: Knowing When to Throw in the Towel and Call for a Rematch: OK, so we are now at the probable reason you came to this particular blog. Just like me, in your own life, you failed to pay attention to point number 1, you failed to pay attention to point 2, and now your head is spinning, you’re stressed beyond belief, you’re wasting a ton of valuable time, and you’re wondering, “How the hell am I going to get out of this mess?” I have good news, YOU’RE ALMOST THERE. The simple fact that you are brave enough to now take the time to search for answers is the biggest thing you can do. Your time and effort will be rewarded, I do have helpful answers for you, in detail, below. Many people, when they’re getting into financial hot water, stick their heads in the sand and hope everything just disappears. Whether their reason for this is embarrassment, insecurity, or, simply, their own ignorance, I can assure you, this tactic never works and will end up costing you a ton more time, energy, and stress than just sucking it up, facing your monster, and doing it right the first time.

First and foremost, assess the reality of your situation. Ask yourself, “How bad is my financial situation, really?” If you aren’t sure, gather all your paperwork and track your own numbers starting now. Start recording, in detail, your assets, your expenses, and your earnings. Next, go to your own trusted loan officer or banker and have them pull your credit report to see who you owe what to or call me and I will point you in the right direction. Your credit score is made up of three different credit reporting agencies’ facts and figures, you need all three to accurately fix things. Most loan professionals will pull these for you free of charge, for $15.00, or for $30 max. You need this report. Once you have this report in hand and have your own financials documented call me and I will put you in contact with someone who can take you further. Depending on your personalized scenario, you may only need to create some kind of payment arrangement, you may need to short-sale or modify a loan on one property or more, or bankruptcy may be your best option. After being a loan officer for three years, a Realtor for four years, successfully dealing with my own financial perils, and having the experience of hundreds of customers and clients as models to work off of, a simple 10 minute phone call can give you a world of options. You might need a credit specialist, you may need a bankruptcy attorney, or you might just need a good Realtor to get you back on the right track. Below, I will just share three options that might fit you along with a few bits of information that you may not have known. These are not phony advertising gimmicks, these are, no BS, real options for people in trouble with their finances in which I can provide you with, highly recommended, real names of law firms, real short-sale agents, real credit card companies, and real credit building services.

1. Payment Plan— Because our entire economy is in shambles currently and everyone is hurting for money, did you know that many creditors will settle or completely delete a collection inquiry from your credit history for less than 20 cents on the dollar? Did you know paying certain items without following the proper procedures will hurt your credit score and your buying power? Even if you think you’re doing the right thing, always get, at least, a second opinion from a professional or it may cost you big time.

2. Short-Sale— Did you know that many people who successfully short-sale their homes never need to miss any payments first allowing them to get rid of 100′s of thousands of dollars of debt with minimal hits to their credit and having more legal protection than simply foreclosing? Did you also know, there are now multiple banks available willing to provide new loans to customers wishing to buy homes as little as one day out of a short-sale? If you have missed payments, did you know there are already banks that will issue new loans only one year after your completed short-sale?

3. Bankruptcy— Did you know that you can qualify for certain credit cards to begin rebuilding even the worse credit possible literally one day out of bankruptcy? Did you know you can often already qualify for a house loan one year out of bankruptcy? Did you know creditors have to legally stop harassing you once you have an attorney representing your bankruptcy? Did you know that I personally have seen, met, and worked with many people who achieved 700+ credit scores only one year after they had claimed bankruptcy? Did you know, if you have already claimed bankruptcy or just have poor credit currently and have not taken on any new credit, there is a huge probability that your interest rates will be huge once it comes time for you to make your next large purchase? It doesn’t need to be that way, but you need to start rebuilding credit immediately following a bankruptcy or learn how to build credit when you have none or its’ poor.

In conclusion, if you feel confused about how credit works, you have small issues on your credit report, you have dug a hole you can’t seem to get out of that is collapsing on top of you at every angle, or you can see the freight train flying down the tracks straight at you from a distance, my team of professionals is here to assist, please contact us.

Thank you very much for reading my blog, I hope this information helped you out.  For this blog and other helpful tips and tricks please visit our tourism and real estate website or, for all aspects of general real estate, our parent website  My team offers several services; buyers, sellers, distressed sellers, renters, and property management.  Honest and truthful professionals to a fault.  Call us direct @ 702-222-0815.





James Bellile


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