This ARTICLE On Buying House With Student Loan Debt And Qualifying For A Mortgage Was PUBLISHED On September 4th, 2019
Buying House With Student Loan Debt And Qualifying For A Mortgage can often be a hurdle for homebuyers.
- College tuition and fees can surpass $50,000 annually
- Many college graduates have student loan balances north of $100,000 plus
- Those with master’s and/or professional degrees often have student loan balances over $250,000 or more
- Average starting salaries for recent college graduates with no work experience is $48,000 per year
- Those with master’s and/or professional degrees, their starting salaries average $63,500
- Many college graduates have their student loans in deferment for many years until they make good salaries where they can afford them
- However, many cannot afford to make fully amortized student loan payments
- Buying House With Student Loan Debt And Qualifying For A Mortgage is possible
In this article, we will cover and discuss Buying House With Student Loan Debt And Qualifying For A Mortgage.
Hurdles With Buying House With Student Loans For Recent College Graduates
There are hurdles Buying House With Student Loan Debt.
- This holds especially true for recent college graduates with high student loan balances
- The common word on the street is that it is impossible to buy a home right out of college with high student loan balances
- This is not the case at Gustan Cho Associates
- Over a quarter of our borrowers are first-time homebuyers who recently graduated from college with student loans
- More than 44 million graduates of colleges and/or technical schools owe over $1.5 trillion in student loan debt in the United States
- 2.3 million people owe student loan debts with at least a $100,000 loan balance
- Over $32 billion in student loan debt is past due 90 days or more
- Over $900 billion in student loan debts are owed by borrowers who are 40 years or younger
The biggest hurdle with buying house with student loans is the debt to income ratios. With the exception of VA Loans, loan programs take into account deferred student loans when qualifying borrowers.
HUD And USDA Guidelines On Student Loans On FHA Loans
HUD and FHA have the same student loan guidelines when it comes to qualifying for FHA and USDA Loans.
- HUD, the parent of FHA, and USDA requires a monthly fully amortized student loan payment to be used. Deferred student loans do not count
- Income-Based Repayment (IBR) is not allowed
- The borrower can get a hypothetical fully amortized monthly payment over an extended-term in writing by the student loan provider
- The hypothetical monthly payment can be used on student loans that are on deferment and/or on IBR
If the borrower cannot get a fully amortized monthly payment by the student loan provider, both HUD and USDA require the lender to take 1.0% of the outstanding student loan balance and use this amount as a hypothetical monthly debt of the borrower.
Buying House With Student Loans With VA Home Loans
The Department of Veterans Affairs (The VA) has the laxest guidelines when it comes to buying house with student loans.
- The VA is the only mortgage agency that allows deferred student loans to be exempt from debt to income calculations
- This only holds true if the student loans have been deferred for longer than 12 months
Otherwise, for non-deferred student loans, the following applies:
- The VA will accept a fully amortized monthly payment over an extended term
- IBR Payments are not acceptable
- Or the VA requires to take 5% of the outstanding student loan balance and divide that figure by 12 months
- The resulting figure will be the hypothetical monthly payment to be used on VA Loans
Buying House With Student Loans With Conventional Loans
Conventional Loans is the only loan program that allows Income-Based Repayment (IBR). This only holds true if the student loan provider reports the monthly IBR Payment on all three credit reporting agencies. In the event, if the student loan provider does not report the IBR on all three credit bureaus, the loan officer can do a rapid rescore. A rapid rescore normally takes 3 to 5 business days. Non-QM Loans normally accepts deferred student loans. This only holds true if the deferred student loans have been deferred for longer than 12 months.
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