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Here’s what one reader, with canada goose outlet in montreal $70,000 in loans, said in commenting about the NeighborWorks report: “Student loan debt is literally the only reason I do not own a home. Even with ridiculous property prices in the District, I would be able to swing at least a halfway decent condo in a good location, if I canada goose outlet us wasn’t paying hundreds upon hundreds of dollars in student debt each month. I’ve been making regular payments of hundreds of dollars every month for the last four years, and my total balance has barely had a dent put in it.”

Some were quick to criticize this borrower, to which the person followed up by saying: “I canada goose outlet in canada took on the loan fully understanding what I was doing. But we’ve got to take a hard look and a hard think about our society on this point. We live in a time where most well paying jobs canada goose outlet legit require (at least) a college degree, and where getting one of those requires a significant portion of young people to essentially forego owning their own home (part of the much venerated ‘American Dream’) for years and years. Previous generations just didn’t have this problem. My parents and grandparents canada goose outlet belgium paid most or all of their way through school by working summer jobs something that just isn’t possible for the vast majority of students today. My generation is facing an unsustainable system of semi forced indebtedness canada goose uk that has real consequences on our ability to make significant canada goose outlet seattle life purchases.”

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[Read more: The silver bullet for student debt: Bankruptcy]

Many people see their student loans as a debt sentence so crushing they can’t see a way out. For them renting is in their foreseeable future, as it should be. As much as they may want to own a home, it’s important to pay down as much of the loans as they can before adding on more debt.

It’s okay to rent until you’re in a better financial position to buy a home. As I’ve said before, you are not a financial failure if you rent. Although homeownership can be a net worth builder, it also comes with a lot of expenses.

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