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Homeownership Declines As US Student Loan Debts Soar

A story in the New York Times on Friday shed light on the relationship between student debt and homeownership in the US. The amount of people under the age of thirty owning a home is hovering near a three decade low, according to statistics from the FED: only 35 percent of people younger than 35 own a home. According to census data, this is down from 41 percent in 1982. At the same time, the nation’s student loan bill has exploded to $1.4 trillion, surpassing credit cards to become the largest source of personal debt outside mortgages. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York researched this development and its conclusion suggests that student debt was responsible for up to 35 percent (again) of the decline in homeownership among people between the ages of 28 and 30 from 2007 to 2015. Moreover, the study says that, if the amount of student debt would’ve stayed at the level of 2001, more than 360,000 people in that age group would have owned a home in 2015. (source)

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