A new study reveals the impact of student loan debt on home ownership. The impact is 414,000. That is how many home sales will not happen this year as a result of high levels of student loan debt, according to a report from John Burns Consulting, a firm that advises home builders. This number is the equivalent of about 8% of all home sales, enough to dent the housing industry by $83 billion a year!
The report estimates that the number of borrowers under the age of 40 that owe $250 or more each month in student loans has nearly tripled since 2005, to 5.9 million. And it projects that every $250 in monthly student loan payments decreases home borrowing and purchasing power by $44,000. With the typical sale price of a home being $200,000, you get $83 billion in lost sales.
The Federal Reserve Bank of New York has found that young people with student loan debt are now less likely to own a home than people who never attended college, a reversal of the long-standing trend linking higher education to home ownership and higher earnings. Student debt has been a key factor in the lower-than-normal rates, particularly for first-time home buyers, according to the National Association of Realtors.
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