New Rules make it tougher for people with college loans to buy houses

Heads-up for millennials and first-time home shoppers carrying student debt: New rules could make it tougher to qualify for a low down payment mortgage from the Federal Housing Administration. New rules on down payment gifts could complicate things for you as well.

The net effect of the changes, say mortgage lenders and analysts, will be to make FHA loans, which traditionally have been the go-to financing source for young, first-time and moderate-income purchasers, less attractive.

Here’s a quick overview of who will take the brunt of the new restrictions:

At the end of last year, 43 million people, most of them younger than 40, had an estimated $1.2 trillion in outstanding student-loan debt, with an average balance close to $27,000, according to research by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Problem rates on those loans are significant: 17 percent of borrowers are delinquent or in default, and another 20 percent are current on payments but have experienced delinquencies in the past.

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