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5 Tips for Buying a Home When You Have Student Loans
Dated: March 5 2020
Most college students require some kind of financing to complete their degree. Student loan debt is a serious commitment, one which can take up to 20 years to repay. But having a student loan does not mean you will be unable to buy a home, in fact lenders are prepared for this kind of debt and can help you find a loan program which suits your needs.
Before you postpone homeownership, talk with a lender and plan for the purchase; then follow these 5 tips to make sure your search is successful.
Shop for a home you can afford. First time homebuyers might not be able to buy the huge home with a pool. Be realistic about your monthly debt and be prepared to buy in your price range.
As you begin to plan for your home purchase, pay down credit card and auto loan debt. These additional drains on your credit and monthly paycheck and add thousands to your home purchasing power.
Consider ways to reduce the monthly cost of your student loans. Consolidation and refinancing are great ways to reduce the interest on loans and lower your monthly payments.
This rule applies to all your debt, but demonstrating responsibility for your loans helps lenders see you as good borrowers and could lower your mortgage interest rate.
A larger down payment will help reduce the monthly cost of the mortgage; if you can save for 20% down, you will also save in Private Mortgage Insurance which is added to all loans with a high Loan-to-Value.
Having a student loan does not prevent you from buying and owning a home. Talk to one of our awesome lenders and learn about your unique situation and create a strategy for accomplishing your home ownership goal.
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