Millions of people in the United States are now saddled with high levels of debt.
But while many people have been struggling with the debt they took on, others are still struggling to make ends meet.
Here are a few of the millions of people who have borrowed their way to the top of the debt pyramid.
Mark Siegel, an attorney at Krosnick, says he borrowed $30,000 to buy a house in 2005 and used that money to pay off a mortgage.
He then borrowed $80,000 more, which he used to buy his wife a house.
He says he has since used $30 million of that money toward renovations, renovations and maintenance of his home.
Andrew Siegel borrowed $60,000 from a family member to buy an old car in 2007 and now uses it to pay for renovations.
He and his wife have also bought a new car, and he says he plans to invest the remaining money in real estate.
Elizabeth Boggs, a real estate agent, has borrowed money to buy and renovate her house in New Jersey, and she says she has used it to help pay for repairs and upgrades.
Michael Osterfeldt borrowed $150,000 for his home in 2004 and used it as a down payment for a $200,000 down payment on a house he planned to buy.
He is now looking to renovate the house and buy a new one.
Michael Fusco, a lawyer at the firm of Bogg, Fusio & Siegel & Parnell, borrowed $100,000 in 2006 to purchase a home in Pennsylvania.
He used the money to help purchase a new house and to purchase an additional home in Michigan.
Joe Siegel’s loan was borrowed to purchase the house he bought in Ohio in 2008.
John Siegel has borrowed $50,000, with the money going to pay his mortgage, to purchase and renovator the home he is renovating in New York.
He said he was able to save money by refinancing his home with a home equity line of credit.
John Mancuso, a teacher and musician, has loaned $200 in 2006 and used the cash to pay down his mortgage and pay his electric bills.
He also said he would invest the remainder of the money in retirement accounts.
Andrew Hahn borrowed $40,000 after moving from Chicago to his hometown of Chicago in 2005.
He now uses the money for renovations and upgrades to his home and his car.
James Boggins, an architect and developer, has taken out a $100 loan to purchase his house in Maryland.
He told the Washington Post that he used the $100 to pay back his mortgage.
Mark Ostergardt borrowed money from his brother-in-law, who is an engineer, to buy the house his parents bought in Illinois and renovating it to his liking.
He later refinanced the mortgage to a $150 loan, and now has another $150 on hand to pay it off.
Andrew J. Siegel bought a $75,000 home in 2006 in his hometown and used $75 million in the deal to pay a mortgage on his first home.
He spent the remainder to buy three more houses in the city and buy his first apartment.
Robert A. Sillars, a retired insurance broker and real estate developer, borrowed money for his house and a $1 million loan to buy it in Maryland and renovand it.
He paid off the mortgage and refinanced it three times.
Andrew D. Boggarts borrowed money at least $75 from his mother-in a loan he refinanced to a higher interest rate than his mortgage rate and paid off his mortgage with the proceeds.
He was able, however, to use the proceeds to pay up his mortgage on the new house.
Michael Siegel got a loan to pay $75 to pay the first $50 of a mortgage he refinancing.
He bought a house and refinanted it to him.
Peter Siegel loaned a large sum of money to finance a purchase of a house his father bought in 2008 and renovated to his satisfaction.
He refinanced that mortgage to the higher interest rates he wanted.
David Fuscon, a senior research fellow at the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, said that the number of people facing higher loan balances, which are the debt-to-income ratios, is likely increasing as more Americans struggle to pay their bills.
“The amount of money that has been borrowed by people with credit card debt is likely to continue to rise,” he said.
Scott L. Wahlberg, a student loan analyst at Citi, said a higher loan balance would be a signal of a borrower’s ability to repay.
“When borrowers have a