Monday, September 29, 2014

Student loans causing housing shift...

An analysis by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York found that for the first time in at least a decade, households with student-loan debt are less likely to have a mortgage than those without student-loan debt.

Additionally, a survey by the National Association of Realtors found that 49% of Americans reported that student loan debt is a "huge obstacle" to homeownership.

I had already blogged in July of last year about student loans and the general concerns this is causing for the housing market; the average pay-off time for a student loan is 21 years! 
This is also the subject of an article just published in the SJ Merc. on Sept. 23 2014, indicating: a "consultant's study says 8% fewer houses sold in the U.S." (as a result of student debt levels).
The Consultant is John burns Consulting, an Irvine-based firm that advises homebuilders. The article is from Tim Logan of the Los Angeles Times.

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