Are Mortgage Defaults Driving Consumer Demand? – Came across this “funny” story: Mortgage Defaults May be Driving Consumer Spending. You’ve got to like this one:
First he describes a case study of someone who applied for the government’s Home Affordable Modification Program. The person had an $1,880.00 monthly mortgage payment on which they’d defaulted, but said person’s monthly bank statement showed payments to a tanning salon, nail spa, liquor stores, DirecTV bill with premium charges, and $1,700.00 in retail purchases from The Gap, Old Navy, Home Depot, Sears, etc.
The article does not say whether this person was ultimately given government assistance. What would you guess?