Consumer Debt Expert; Founder, GetOutOfDebt.org
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Steve Rhode is an experienced consumer debt expert. He's lived through bankruptcy and founded a national credit counseling group. He's also experienced in all aspects of getting out of debt and a recognized authority on the subject. These days he spends his days ... more

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In Debt? Consider Bankruptcy. Seriously
If you want to see someone instantly disagree with you, tell them that people that file bankruptcy do better financially than people who don’t and struggle.
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Coronavirus Evictions Coming Fast
On July 25, a key component of the federal eviction moratorium is set to expire, allowing landlords that operate federally backed rental properties to give their tenants 30 days’ notice to vacate. After that period, landlords can file for eviction.
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Freedom Debt Relief To Return $3.5 Million To Consumers In Settlement
New York Attorney General Letitia James today secured a win that will return nearly $3.6 million to thousands of New York consumers who were misled about savings they could achieve through one of the nation’s largest debt settlement companies.
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What You Need To Do To Get Your Federal Student Loans Forgiven If You Are Disabled
If you are disabled, you may be able to have your student loans forgiven.
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Should I Stop Making My Private Student Loans Payments Since I’m Just Getting Deeper In Debt?
Answering a reader's question on the best way to move forward...
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From The UK: What Is Crowdfunding And Various Forms Of Crowdfunding
Back in the day, if you had an idea for an invention, or if you wanted to start your own business, you only had a few options when it came to funding your start-up company, or build your idea. Today there is another alternative: crowdfunding.
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Brandon Frere Of American Financial Benefits Center – Arrested Before Flight Out Of U.S.
The FBI says Frere used various companies to operate a fraudulent student loan debt relief scheme to “unjustly enrich himself and his family members from in or about at least 2014 to November
2018.” He faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in jail.

Work Experience

Consumer Debt Expert Blogger
The Huffington Post
2012 - Present (8 years 9 months)

I am a contributing blogger on matters that involve consumer debt issues. I primarily answer reader questions and provide advice.

Photojournalist
Self-employed
2012 - Present (8 years 9 months)

I have recently returned to my role as a photojournalist and in the Raleigh, NC I am a stringer for several news organizations and my photos and video are used by regional newspapers and television stations. My speciality is covering the actions of police and fire departments.

I was originally an active photojournalist in the 1980s and worked with a number of national newspapers and magazines including Rolling Stone.

Photojournalist
Self-employed
2012 - Present (8 years 9 months)

I have recently returned to my role as a photojournalist and in the Raleigh, NC I am a stringer for several news organizations and my photos and video are used by regional newspapers and television stations. My speciality is covering the actions of police and fire departments.

I was originally an active photojournalist in the 1980s and worked with a number of national newspapers and magazines including Rolling Stone.

Get Out of Debt Guy/Consumer Debt Expert
WRAL Television
2012 - Present (8 years 9 months)

I appear on the WRAL newscast as a consumer debt expert and answer readers questions for WRAL viewers.

Founder
GetOutofDebt.org
October 2007 - Present (13 years 1 month)

Through the GetOutOfDebt.org site I answer free questions submitted by people that are worried about money, credit, debt and other money troubles.

The goal is to give people a free and anonymous place to come and get direct and honest advice about how to best cope with consumer debt problems.

President
Myvesta Foundation
April 2006 - Present (14 years 7 months)

The Myvesta Foundation is a global social enterprise that helps groups in various countries around the world to design and implement good, fair, and balanced solutions for consumers in trouble with money, credit and debt.

President
Rare Aviation
January 2006 - December 2011 (6 years)

As a pilot and lover of aviation I felt there was a need to save and archive aviation history. I specialize in the rescue and restoration of WWII gun camera films, production of aviation DVDs and the digital delivery of aviation reference material at http://rareaviation.com .

Chairman
Myvesta UK
April 2006 - July 2010 (4 years 4 months)

Myvesta UK is located in England and is part of the Myvesta global social enterprise that helps people to deal with and overcome difficult financial and consumer debt problems.

President
Myvesta.org
December 1994 - March 2006 (11 years 5 months)

-Created the nation's first non-profit, Internet-based debt counseling agency.
- Created exceptional national awareness for consumer debt issues and problems in the U.S. with 50M media impressions per month of our video news releases, interviews, syndicated advice column, and new publications.
- Hosted debt advice radio show.
- Wrote five consumer debt advice books.
- Created national daily money management program

Director
Consumer Credit Counseling Service - Springboard
April 2005 - December 2005 (9 months)

Served as a Director of this California debt management group.

Syndicated Columnist
Gannett News Service
2002 - 2005 (3 years 8 months)

I was the author of a national reader Q&A column on consumer debt issues that was distributed through to Gannett News Service to newspapers across america. Consumers would write in and I would answer their questions on a wide range of consumer debt topics.

Mainframe Technical Support
IBM
December 1992 - December 1994 (2 years 1 month)
President
The Great Virginia Land Company
June 1988 - January 1990 (1 year 8 months)

Land development company.

Bought large tracts of raw land and developed it for sale. Also, opened a real estate company of the same name and achieved broker status. Brokered and sold land and farms for others as well.

Practice Administrator
Northeast Eye Care
June 1986 - June 1988 (2 years 1 month)

Managed and helped to gow and build expanding ophthalmic medial practice in New York.

Partner
Technical Ophthalmic Services
June 1983 - June 1986 (3 years 1 month)

At TOS we taught and trained ophthalmic staff in the latest techniques, technologies and procedures at offices and surgical centers across the country. My partner was my best friend, who latter died. I still miss him.

Ophthalmic Technologist
Kensington Eye Care
June 1983 - June 1986 (3 years 1 month)

Responsible for ophthalmic eye care for patients, ophthalmic surgical assistant, ophthalmic ultrasound specialist.

Ophthalmic Technician
Atlamonte Eye Care
June 1982 - June 1983 (1 year 1 month)

Responsible for routine ophthalmic care for 100 patients a day, on-call for Central Florida ophthalmic emergency care and learned a lifetime worth of skills.

Ophthalmic Technician
Retina Consultants
July 1979 - June 1982 (3 years)

Learned to basics of ophthalmic patient care and specialized in ophthalmic ultrasonography, ophthalmic photography and fluorescein angiography.

Education

Online University
MBA
1992 / 1994
Business
Online University
Bachelor's Degree
1991 / 1992
Business
University of Maryland, College Park
BS
1981 / 1982
Radio, Television and Film
The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
OT, Opthalmology
1980 / 1981
Went through education as one of the first ophthalmic technicians through the GW program.
Louisina Tech University
1977 / 1979
Pre-Med, Photo Journalism

Publications

How to Get Out of Debt Without Getting Scammed and What to Do if You Have Been
Steve Rhode
08/05/2013

This book by the Get Out of Debt Guy gives readers specific advice on what to look for and how to check a company before simply entrusting them for debt relief help.

Be smart and get the information to be a wise consumer so you don't get scammed when you can least afford it.

For those people that may have already been scammed, the book gives step-by-step instructions on what to do to fight back.

The Path to Happiness and Wealth
Steve Rhode
04/07/2010

I was awarded the Washington Post personal finance book of the month award for this book. It is a holistic look at the secrets to overcome debt and find a balance with money in your life. It’s a good book for people to read that might be having issues with shopping issues, compulsive spending, overspending, hidden debt, etc

Eliminate Your Debt Like a Pro
Steve Rhode
04/07/2010

Ever wanted to know how the pros really eliminate consumer debt. Well now is your chance to find out. With proven techniques and tips, debt expert Steve Rhode shows you how to dig your way out of debt

The Beach Misses You: A Financial Fable for Happiness and Internal Peace
Steve Rhode
03/29/2010

In turbulent economic times often the hardest thing to find is a corner of peace and happiness in the middle of money troubles and worries. The Beach Misses You is a core financial lesson wrapped in a fable to help the reader understand where happiness can be found when it comes to finding a solution for the stress, worry, and desperation that debt can bring to our lives.