student loans Archive

Potential First-time Buyers Still on the Sidelines

First-time buyers accounted for 31 percent of  buyers who closed a sale in August 2017, according to the August 2017 REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey.[1]  The share of first-time buyers has been improving, although slowly, from less than 30 percent...

Student Loan Debt Adversely Affecting Millennials

In NAR’s first report on student loan debt in 2016, survey respondents were among a wide age range, from Millennials to Generation X to Baby Boomers and the Silent Generation. This year, the Student Loan Debt and Housing Report...
September 21, 2017

Student Loan Debt and Inventory

Student debt has grown significantly in recent years and with it concern over the impacts on first-time homebuyers. However, limited to no attention has been paid to the connection between student debt and constrained supply. A significant share of...

Student Loan Debt Hampering Home Buying: A Regional Perspective

The 2016 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers survey is the second year we have collected data on the difficulty of saving for a down payment to buy a home and whether student loans were an impediment. In years...
November 29, 2016

Low Mortgage Rates and the Housing Market: Pros and Cons

While low mortgage rates boost consumer buying power, the reason for the low rates could hold home buyers back. Economic forecasters and analysts have frequently missed the mark recently when forecasting interest rates. In general, forecasters and experts have...