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This is the day!!!!
Famous last words…..well it wasn’t THE day, but it was a BIG step forward.
I got on the phone with my contact in Recovery, let’s call him Billy. I had done my dance of the purgatory fairies the night before. Apparently they heard me because my account was in his system.
Billy was a down home kinda guy. A slow, calm droll to his voice – focused, smart and confident, but no attitude. Quite frankly, I felt lucky to have found him. He seemed to understand my plight and was willing to work with me. Usually, I don’t believe in bonding with your “salesman” but with Billy it was different. He was authentic, so I trusted my gut and trusted him.
He reiterated that $7500 was extremely unlikely. He had seen offers of 40% ($11,200), but only in extreme circumstances. From his experience, my account was likely to be in his department for about a month and it would take that much time to get the supervisor to consider a deal that even came close to my offer of $7500. That said, he was a man of his word and agreed to send it up the flag pole.
He put me on hold for less than 2 minutes, came back on and said he couldn”™t reach any sups but would try a manager.
In what seemed like 10 seconds, Billy came back on the phone. He wasn’t the excitable type, but there was a smile in his voice.
Apparently, he had never seen an offer this low and this quick.
$9809.87 or 35%
We were in business!!!!!!
I calmly thanked him, showed my appreciation, but said this was still $2300 over my offer and I had to consult with my credit counselor (CRN coach).
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At this point, it was critical that my story stay consistent. In reality, I had access to about $8600, but our financial story had been a complicated one of borrowing (true), and deferring payments (true). We had allowed ourselves a little bit of wiggle room without telling the bank. Now that we were going to counter offer above our most recent offer of $7500, we had to mathematically explain how and why it would happen. If there was a hole in the story, it could all fall apart like a house of cards. The domino effect of which could make my real house fall like a house of cards. Not good.
Luckily, Billy added a little piece of magic to their offer. Unlike so many scoundrels in the collections and recovery departments, he took the pressure OFF of me.
“No one is putting pressure on you to decide today. The offer is good for 2 weeks.”
This is really unheard of!
So close…..but not quite there.
Stay tuned. Stay afloat. Wealth and freedom are in your future.
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