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Student debt remains a prominent obstacle for first-time buyers

First-time buyers most affected by student loans
  • Student debt impacts first-time buyers the most.
  • Rapidly rising home prices are also affecting first-time buyers.
  • The average age when Americans get married is rising. This is notable because marriage is a precursor to homeownership.

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Potential first-time home buyers are still encountering several obstacles when considering a purchase. These obstacles include student debt, according to a recent survey from NeighborWorks America, an organization focused on affordable housing. The survey of 1,000 U.S. adults found that 57 percent of respondents acknowledged having student loans that are either "very much" or "somewhat" of an obstacle. In 2014, this percentage stood at 49 percent. A recent Zillow report found student loan debt doesn’t lessen graduates’ chances of owning a home, but it can delay homeownership. The report found that the more advanced someone’s degree, the greater odds they will own a home -- even if significant debt has been taken on. A married couple with one person holding a master’s degree and $50,000 in student loans has a 75 percent chance of homeownership. A similar household with a bachelor’s degree and $10,000 in loans has a 69 percent chance of homeownership. ...