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First-time Buyers With Student Loans Will Face Tougher Challenges Getting A Mortgage

  • Mon Jan 11 2016, 4:27 pm
By James D. York, PA

January 8th 2016

‘First-time buyers with student loans will face tougher challenges getting a mortgage’

By: York Real Estate Group

Some new changes in how the Federal Housing Administration determines a prospective buyer’s debt-to-income (DTI) ratio will make it more difficult for first-time buyers with outstanding student loans to get a low down payment mortgage.

A DTI ratio above 43% is considered to be in the high-risk category for defaulting on a mortgage. Prior to September, the FHA did not count loans that had been in deferment for a year or longer when making this determination.

The intent of the new rules, according to FHA spokesman Brian Sullivan, is not punitive but rather to put buyers "on a path of sustainable homeownership rather than being placed into a financial situation they can no longer afford once their student debt deferment expires. Deferred student debt is debt all the same and really must be counted when determining a borrower's ability to sustain both student debt payments and a mortgage over the long haul," he said.

Currently 43 million Americans carry $1.2 trillion in student loan debt, with the average balance around $30,000 resulting in a $600 monthly payment. The numbers are truly staggering. But lawmakers’ decision to make it harder for a generation of new homebuyers to get a decent loan is a risky proposition at best, and more likely stands to have devastating long-term consequences.

If you have any questions about your DTI, or anything else related to buying or selling, just give us a call, and we’ll take a look at your options together.


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