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How do we create an airtight counter offer? An offer they can’t refuse….not because of the threat of a bloody horse head or anything “silly” like that. More like an offer where the numbers make so much sense that they are realistically un-movable.
Here’s where we stood:
Their offer: $9808
My current offer: $7500
My goal: $8600
After several conversations with my CRN coach, we came up with the silver bullet.
My current offer was $7500. If I deferred March’s car payment of $514, that would bring us to $8014 – payable today. Then I make an additional payment 30 days from now by deferring my April car payment of $514. Total offer: $8528. I can’t go beyond that amount because:
I have already borrowed from EVERYONE I could.
I have deferred as many other bills as possible.
I can’t defer my mortgage because that would jeopardize the loan mod process.
If it weren’t for the loan mod potential, I would just declare bankruptcy and fore-go all of this effort.
There were so many aspects about this offer that made it genius – in fact it was super genius.
I can say this without bragging because I didn’t come up with it – my CRN coach did. Obviously not her first rodeo. It was exactly this type of creative bargaining that can make or break a deal.
I called Billy in Recovery and made this counter offer. He was impressed by our creativity and resolve, though not AT ALL confident.
He went to the sup and very quickly came back with the same $9808.00 offer from yesterday.
I thanked him for his time and reiterated my intention for doing all of this was 3 fold:
To shield my family from anymore hardships.
Hold on to my house.
Offer a good faith settlement to the bank.
He was again sympathetic. I asked him to bypass his sup and PLEASE talk to his manager. He agreed.
Two hours later, he called me back to say the manager had denied my offer.
It seemed like I had played my last card. What was left to do?
Then it hit me:
Maybe Billy’s compassion for me was a direct result of how I was telling the story.
Maybe if I spoke directly with the manager he would “get it” too?
Lucky for me, Billy agreed to make that happen.
Stay tuned. Stay afloat. Wealth and freedom are in your future.