Forbes has compiled a list of cities where credit card spending is highest.
My scan of the list suggests that this list is simply another version of the areas of the country where housing is in trouble. Homeowners with outsized mortgage payments rely on credit cards to make up the difference needed to support the family.
Which leads me to those TV ads for attorneys or other services offering help with mortgage modification. Assuming the advertiser is successful in negotiating a mortgage modification, the homeowner is still left with the debt that piled up while they struggled with the original loan terms.
Even without the ability to modify mortgages on principal residences, Chapter 13 is a superior tool for addressing the homeowner’s entire financial situation.
And the fees for the professional involved are subject to court supervision, something missing from those drumming up business on TV.