Good Owning a Home with Student Loans: Expert Advice to Make It Happen 

In today’s economic landscape, the dream of homeownership can feel like an unattainable goal, particularly for anyone burdened with student loan debt. Aspiring homeowners often find themselves caught in a Catch-22: they need good credit and financial stability to qualify for a home loan, yet their student loan obligations can create roadblocks. However, with careful planning and strategic financial management, it’s possible to overcome these obstacles and turn homeownership aspirations into reality.

We recently spoke with real estate broker Shane Tracey of Good To Go Realty and discussed the issues student loan borrowers face. He told us the first step is educating his clients. 

Shane Tracey Good To Go Realty Broker

“Buying a home comes with a high level of excitement, but there’s also a level of anxiety. Anyone struggling with student loan debt, they have to know that student loans can definitely have a negative impact on their credit.”

He also pointed out some of the other challenges that borrowers face. 

Understanding the Impact of Student Loans on Home Buying

Student loans can significantly affect the ability to qualify for a home loan:

  • Debt-to-Income Ratio (DTI): Lenders assess a borrower’s DTI ratio, which compares monthly debt payments to gross monthly income. High student loan payments can inflate this ratio, making it challenging to qualify for a mortgage.
  • Credit Score: Timely payment of student loans is crucial for maintaining a healthy credit score. Late or missed payments can lower credit scores, which are essential for securing favorable mortgage terms.
  • Down Payment: Accumulating savings for a down payment becomes more challenging when a significant portion of income goes towards student loan payments.

Shane had this to say, “What I hear from first-time home buyers all the time is that they think they can’t do it. Oh, My debt is too much. I have federal student loans. And I still owe money on my car. It’s not possible. I always ask them if they are serious about buying a home. If they say yes, then I tell them we’ll take it one step at a time.”

It all starts with improving finances and credit scores.

Steps to Improve Financial Situation and Credit Report

While student loans can pose hurdles to homeownership, proactive steps can improve financial health and increase the likelihood of qualifying for a home loan:

  • Create a Budget: Establish a comprehensive budget that includes all income sources and expenses, prioritizing debt repayment and savings goals.
  • Pay Down Debt Strategically: Explore repayment options such as income-driven repayment plans or refinancing to lower monthly payments or interest rates. Focus on paying off high-interest debt first to save money in the long run.
  • Boost Savings: Allocate a portion of income towards building an emergency fund and saving for a down payment. Automate savings contributions to ensure consistency.
  • Improve Credit Score: Regularly monitor credit reports for errors and discrepancies. Pay bills on time, keep credit card balances low, and avoid opening new lines of credit unnecessarily.
  • Explore Down Payment Assistance Programs: Investigate government-sponsored programs or employer benefits that offer assistance with down payments for first-time homebuyers.
  • Seek Professional Guidance: Student loan management firms like My Education Solutions can lower monthly payments and enroll borrowers in forgiveness programs. 

“Don’t let student loan debt stop you from buying a house” 

– Shane Tracey

Good to Go Realty has partnered with My Education Solutions many times over the years. “MES is always my first stop when I’m helping clients with student loans. I’ll send them a link and they can talk to one of the helpful people there to understand where they’re at. MES is there during every phase of the repayment process. They’ll maintain your status in the forgiveness programs and do whatever they can to help.”

“I had a client who was renting and wanted to buy. He said he’d like to own a home but didn’t think it was possible. He had a great job but had student loan debt. He thought because of his debt that he wouldn’t be able to buy a home for five to ten years.  I told him to take a chance and talk to a loan officer and get MES involved. I had him in a home within forty-five days.”

While student loans may present challenges on the path to homeownership, proactive financial management and strategic planning can pave the way to success. By prioritizing debt repayment, improving credit scores, and saving diligently, individuals can enhance their financial health and increase their chances of qualifying for a home loan. Remember, achieving homeownership is a journey that requires patience and persistence, but with the right approach, the dream of owning a home can become a reality.

MES can help lower your monthly payment, lower your debt-to-income ratio, and provide quick solutions for brokers and their clients. Visit the MES website or speak to one of our experienced advisors today. 

You can also watch Shane’s interview with MES Brand Ambassador Meisie Beauvais on his YouTube Channel.

For more information, contact an MES Advisor today or call 210-972-1210.


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