Americans often rely on using credit to make both necessary and luxury purchases. Unfortunately, this consumer culture has led to a great deal of credit card debt in the country. The inability to pay bills on time, and making only minimum payments, could result in interest atop mounting expenses, and a vicious cycle of continuously owing money.
Many New Jersey residents and other Americans spend money beyond their means by using credit cards, but a recent survey conducted by Gallup proved that this notion might be changing.
A mortgage is considered underwater if the homeowner owes more on the mortgage than the assessed value of the property, also referred to as negative home equity. In both Newark and Elizabeth, New Jersey, more than half of all homes are underwater, with Paterson just behind at 49 percent.
With the uncertainty that many people are facing in the current economy, many able and willing workers in New Jersey are struggling to find full-time employment. Even when a worker is laid off and left unemployed, the worker still has to continue paying for expenses like food, housing, utilities, credit card bills, student loans and other expenditures.
The beginning of 2014 saw a rise in a specific type of foreclosure, according to housing data website RealtyTrac. Distressed homeowners in the process of foreclosure have decided to simply abandon their homes avoiding the traditional foreclosure process altogether. These “zombie foreclosures” actually end up stalling the typical foreclosure process completely and are becoming a burden on the overall housing market in New Jersey.