Is Student Loan Making It Harder to Buy a Home?

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Thinking about buying a home but worried about the effect of those pesky student loans on your purchasing power? Student loan debt affects a home mortgage application, but does not have to be negative.

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Student loans affect your housing application in several ways.

Student Debt Can Affect Your DTI

Your Debt-to-Income Ratio (DTI) is an integral part of the consideration in the amount of credit a lender will offer you or will even help determine whether you qualify for a loan at all.

DTI generally includes all student loans that are repaid. Loans on forbearance or deferral may not be withdrawn, but the home buyer will have to prove that the payments are on that status and will not resume for six months to a year before the lender will consider them out of consideration in that ratio.

If the loans are to be repaid, the lender may ask for proof of the repayment amount when it is repaid. The home buyer can usually get this information and estimates from the company that manages their student loans. They may also be able to get repayment estimates at studentaid.gov.

Then the lender will sometimes add this scheduled payment to the DTI for loan qualification. Most lenders want to see a DTI of 40% less.

You can calculate your DTI by adding up your minimum monthly payments of all your debts. Then take the total and divide it by your gross monthly income. Multiply that number by 100 and you have your DTI.

Student loan debt affects your credit score

Student loans mainly affect the creditworthiness by assessing how much of the original loan amount is compared to how much has been paid off. This is not the same as your occupancy rate which is a prominent part of your credit score. The usage is a rate based on revolving debt.

Student loans and car loans are considered in a different proportion but similar. Your score will be higher the more the original loan is paid off. If it’s a newer loan, like you just graduated and now your student loans are being paid back, it will lower your score for a while, which may not give the home buyer the best rates.

If your student loans default, it will drastically lower your credit score and may prevent you from qualifying for a home loan. Remove them from the stand as soon as possible. It is generally easy to recover the loans. Look at studentaid.gov or with your lender for ways to rehabilitate your loans by getting a payment plan you can afford and pay on time.

Student loan payments eliminates the need to save for a down payment on your home

Any debt payment, including the payment of a student loan, affects how quickly a home buyer can save a down payment.

The only good thing about student loans is that there are many repayment options. Research what would be the best option depending on all of your financial goals (ie how quickly you want to pay off the loans, other debts you have, whether you’re trying to save a down payment on a house or something else).

You may be able to lower your payment so you can save for a home at the same time. Just make sure the interest isn’t too high to take away from your long-term goals.

Student loan borrowers should consider the following when buying a home:

Student loans are often long-term loans, so the repayment should be considered long-term as part of your financial plan and budget. Especially if you want to make a large purchase, such as a house.

It is essential to choose an affordable home price when repaying your student loans so that the buyer does not struggle to make both payments when the student loans are repaid.

All home buyers need to be sure they can maintain a solid emergency fund. If you have student loans, it is even more important to consider building and maintaining one while paying off your student loans.

Student loan borrowers should be careful about refinancing

Use caution when refinancing federal student loans. It is common to receive refinancing offers in the mail if you have student loans. If you refinance with a private lender, you will lose all federal student loan benefits and protections.

If they are already private, refinancing to a lower rate, better payment plan, or consolidation may be appropriate.

If you want to buy a house, you should not apply for or start any new loans, including refinancing, within six months of the planned purchase of a house. This action has a negative effect on your credit score.

If the refinancing gives you a lower rate and payment, do it before purchasing the home. Then wait at least six months before applying for a home loan.

Keep your student loans in good shape

It is essential to keep your student loans in good condition. You must pay on time every month that your loan is repaid. If you are unable to pay, make sure that you have put the loan on hold through your administrator. They have several options to help you with this.

If you don’t know the status of your student loans or who handles them, check out studentaid.gov.

If your student loans are past due or in default, make sure they get back in good standing before applying for a mortgage.

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This message was previously published on Fablifenow.com.

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