Millennials insist student debt is preventing them from buying a home

Posted: 19 September 2017 3:08 pm
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The median student loan debt stands at $41,200.

A staggering proportion of young non-homeowners suggest their hefty student loan debts are the primary reason they have delayed purchasing their first home.

The current student debt load stands at a whopping $1.4 trillion, accounting for 10% of all US outstanding debt and 35% of total non-housing debt. Student debt is also growing at a faster pace than other household debt.

It’s no wonder half of all Americans struggle to amass savings, while a rising percentage have zero set aside.

The National Association of Realtors Research Department and American Student Assistance joined forces to release Student Loan Debt and Housing Report 2017: When Debt Holds You Back this month.

The study focuses on younger millennials (born 1990 to 1998) and older millennials (born 1980 to 1989).

Findings from the report reveal the overwhelming majority (83%) of millennial non-homeowners cite student loan debt as the leading factor delaying them from saving enough for an initial downpayment on a home.

The median student loan debt is $41,200, while less than one-fifth (17%) owe more than $100,000.

Prior to home ownership, more than one-fifth (22%) of borrowers were delayed by at least two years
from moving out of a family member’s home after completing college as a result of student debt.

Additionally, more than one-quarter (28%) of current homeowners believe student debt is impacting their ability to sell their existing home and move to a new location.

The overall delay in buying a home among non-homeowners is seven years and three years for homeowners.

Before attending college, a little over a quarter (28%) of millennials knew the cost of school “might be expensive” or “might be cheap”, but had no further information. Only one in five (20%) had an understanding of the total costs of college; including all fees, tuition, housing and other ancillary expenses.

Despite the perception that higher education at public, state-run institutions is often cheaper, recent data found a number of public universities across the United States charge formidable fees for out-of-state students.

Almost one-third (32%) of surveyed borrowers had defaulted or forbore on their student loans.

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Millennials also felt their student loans affected them from fulfilling a number of other goals too. Almost three quarters of respondents (72%) said their loans had prevented them from taking a vacation, while a significant proportion (65%) said they had been forced to delay the purchase of a motor vehicle.

Many borrowers (62%) also said their student debt prevented them from continuing their education.

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