Student loan debt inhibiting home ownership

Reuters / Larry Downing

Reuters / Larry Downing

The quantity of student loans overdue by 90 days or more has risen to 11.3 percent, its highest point in a year. As youth grapple with student loan debt, they are less likely to take out a mortgage, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Total student borrowing is at $1.16 trillion, the New York Fed
reported Tuesday, the highest on record and 7.1 percent more than
one year ago.

Before the Great Recession, 30-year-old Americans with student
debt were more likely to have a mortgage based on their higher
income and education levels, the New York Fed said.

Since then, that trend has reversed. The New York Fed
in May that in 2013, student debtors between the
ages of 27 and 30 were less likely to have a mortgage than those
without debt.

“Student loan delinquencies and repayment problems appear to
be reducing borrowers’ ability to form their own
Donghoon Lee, a New York Fed research officer,
told the Associated Press.

to Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing
Studies, home ownership for Americans ages 25-34 went down by 8
percent between 2004 and 2013.

The US Federal Reserve has also taken notice, as it
in October that “increases in student loan debt and
delinquencies over the past few years have raised concerns about
whether heavy student loan debt burdens are making it more
difficult for young households to become homeowners.”

“Using a nationally representative sample of young
individuals with credit records who were between the ages of 29
and 31 in years 2004-2010 … the homeownership rate declined
relatively more for those with student loan debt … than for those
without student loan debt,”
according to the Fed.

“Thus, while homeownership rates were generally higher for
those with student loan debt during the entire period, the
difference between the rates became much smaller by the end of
2010, suggesting that student debt may have made ownership more

While student loan debt has gotten worse in recent years for the
young, the US Government Accountability Office
in September that outstanding student loans affect
nearly all age groups.

In 2013, Americans ages 25 or younger held nearly $150 billion in
student loan debt, the GAO found, while those between the ages of
25 and 49 carried about $700 billion in student debt. Those
between the ages of 65 and 74 had around $150 billion in student
debt, also.

Overall debts in the US went up in the fourth quarter of 2014,
rising $117 billion from October through December to a total of
$11.8 trillion, the New York Fed reported.

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