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American Dream Eludes With
Student Debt Burden: Mortgages

Bloomberg News, by Kathleen M. Howle

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Posted By:NorthernDog, 4/12/2013 8:56:16 AM

Luke Nichter of Harker Heights, Texas, said he’s not a renter by choice. The Texas A&M University history professor’s $125,000 of student debt means he has no hope of getting a mortgage. Nichter, 35, who’s paying $1,500 a month on loans for degrees from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, is part of the most debt-laden generation to emerge from college. Two- thirds of student loans are held by people under the age of 40, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, blocking millions of them from taking advantage of the most affordable housing market on record.

The educrat industrial complex bubble is gaining steam. At some point the outrageous cost of ´higher learning´ will have to crash.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: southernboy, 4/12/2013 8:59:43 AM     (No. 9271732)

Apparently bookkeeping and financial management were not required courses in high school!

Rule #1: If you borrow money, there is a chance you may have to pay it back…If you don’t, it may impinge your ability to borrow in the future!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: chillijilli, 4/12/2013 9:00:16 AM     (No. 9271736)

The bubble is predicted to burst in 2 years.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Jethro bo, 4/12/2013 9:18:28 AM     (No. 9271771)

That contributing factor that Blameberg conveniently let out. Doo-Fwank. That law has made loaning money such an onerous job that people that have a job can´t get loans and people that can’t pay off their loans get them all the time. Doo-Fwank is the ultimate in punishing the productive to reward the non productive. And it will lead to another real estate bubble in the not too distant future.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Graniteman2009, 4/12/2013 9:30:42 AM     (No. 9271798)

This will tank the economy faster than the real estate bubble. Look for the Banks to line up for another "bailout".

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Reply 5 - Posted by: lylacat, 4/12/2013 9:32:08 AM     (No. 9271804)

Yes, many students were more than happy to load themselves up with these loans; many feel they should not have to pay the money back, and many do not. Some took huge loans out to go to college with no thought as to how they would get a job studying basket weaving, and now they do not want to pay them back. These debtors need to pay back all that they borrowed and then, and only then, should they buy a house. We live in this world that believes they can have everything now, and most of us worked hard, saved, and waited to have children, waited to buy a house, and this is called responsibility. America made it too easy for every person to get a house, and what a mess that was for all of us.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: cartcart, 4/12/2013 9:35:34 AM     (No. 9271808)

I was too stupid to borrow money for college. I thought I had to work my own way through if my family had no money. My kids did the same thing and we all have homes, jobs and families that work for what we have. All the kids have a home and a rental unit. It never occurred to us to graduate with debt that could destroy our American dreams. Are we stupid or what?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Michaelus, 4/12/2013 9:50:51 AM     (No. 9271841)

Note that the students who took out the loans got nothing of value in return. The colleges got the money and the debtors are now indentured servants of the US Government.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Teleologicus, 4/12/2013 9:54:48 AM     (No. 9271848)

Both the home mortgage and student loan rackets were only possible because of the involvement of the Federal government.

Private lenders left to themselves would never have made such a huge number of bad loans - loans that anyone should have been able to predict would not be paid back. Political pressure on lenders to make such loans led to the creation of financial "instruments" designed to conceal the risk their owners assumed.

This creative fancy dancing by Wall Street et al. along with the belief among many high rollers that, should the worst happen, the Federal government would pick up most or all of the tab, was the formula for the entirely predictable eventual meltdown of these economic castles in the air. In short, the worst facets of Leftism combined with the worst practices of capitalism and financial speculation to create a mess.

Phony lending practices, e.g. student "loans" are responsible for much of the idle and at times pernicious nonsense in American colleges and universities. A huge wave of students, many of them not college material, fully funded by such "loans" was a financial bonanza to schools that enabled them to expand and pad their offerings with trendy, titillating, politically correct and non-demanding junk. Standards were lowered to accommodate everybody, regardless of ability or even willingness to do the work.

It is not clear to me how the idea got started that the American Dream includes going to college and home ownership for everyone. I was under the impression that not everybody is college material and that many people cannot, for various reasons, afford to buy a house. To listen to the media, however, would be to get the impression that all Americans are entitled to a college education and home ownership.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: strike3, 4/12/2013 10:17:03 AM     (No. 9271895)

The paradox here is that those most likely to sail through the financial aid/student loan process, ie, the poor, are usually too stupid to graduate and get a well-paying job.
They party for a couple of years, take dunce-level classes and feel cheated when they are asked to pay the money back. Only the federal government would design such an upside-down system.

The sad part is that good students and their working parents pay much higher tuition to support the deadbeats, but they don´t qualify for any of the giveaways themselves.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: hicksvillekid59, 4/12/2013 10:40:16 AM     (No. 9271958)

Not smart enough to do a cost/benefit study?

Not smart enough to know what interest is?

Not smart enough to know how to divide 125000 into monthly payements?

I´ll do it for you. It comes out to 1000 a month for 125 months. THAT IS WITHOUT INTEREST.

For the exceptionally slow, that is 10 years 5 months to pay back the principal only. More for the interest.

So you won´t get to own a house for quite awhile.

How´s that History degree working out for you?

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Reply 11 - Posted by: tennman, 4/12/2013 10:53:33 AM     (No. 9271977)

Will always find sob stories. It cost this person >30k a year to attend Bowling Green? Had ho other resources, borrowed every cent to attend?

Just checked current rates. About 12k a semester, undergrad, for tuition, room & board. I´m guessing this guy maxed everythin out without thinking this day would come.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Darling, 4/12/2013 11:21:56 AM     (No. 9272034)

A degree from a state university is not cheap, but costs a lot less than a degree from a fancy private college. I can remember when a local girl received a full scholarship to Harvard, what a big deal it was in our small town. The local paper interviewed her the next year and everything was about "giving back." Mandatory volunteerism seems to be a contradiction in terms, but that was what her education was all about. I´m glad she was being educated for free, but I was thanking my lucky stars that my child had received a scholarship from a state university and was receiving a real education.

I have the feeling the learned professor could have picked up a history degree at a far cheaper tuition rate and be enjoying his earnings a lot more than he is now with the expensive diploma on the wall.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Vaquero45, 4/12/2013 11:40:14 AM     (No. 9272067)

$125,000 in debt for a history degree? $28,000 in debt for a degree in social work?
Come on. Life is tough, but it´s tougher if you´re stupid.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: swarfer, 4/12/2013 11:48:54 AM     (No. 9272083)

I simply can´t imagine anyone borrowing a 100K or more to go to college, maybe for med school, but otherwise its insane. If your going and borrow more than 20K at least major in something that pays like engineering. Its clear that the people in the article had no concept of money or even the most rudimentary analytical and math skills to figure out the cost benefit basis of their financial decisions. THEY FAILED THEIR FIRST REAL LIFE COLLEGE TEST. Too bad we have to resort to college loans to determine which graduates really know what they doing and those who are irresponsible with no comprehension of the real world.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: usmc2489, 4/12/2013 12:24:36 PM     (No. 9272145)

There is a lady in my van pool who graduated with a degree in Spanish. Six years later can´t speak a a word! Shuffles paper in my office.

Her husband is worse. He is mid 40´s, and a professional student. Has NO work history to speak of for mid 40´s, but has a couple of college degrees. Now is in college for another degree, hoping to get a job in the medical field -- he thinks obamacare will get him a good paying job in physical therapy. Upon graduation, he has admitted that he will owe over $300,000 just in student loans. He may pay them off by age 70!!! What a dufus!!

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Reply 16 - Posted by: TXknitter, 4/12/2013 12:32:42 PM     (No. 9272158)

Think how these newly-minted physicians feel. Let´s not even go there with how much THEIR student loans are and thanks to Obamacare, paying them back will be
much more difficult. Poor Luke. Prince William can afford to get a degree in Geography. My nephew is a trust fund baby working on his Master´s in Archaeology. For a regular Joe or Luke, better choose something a little more sensible?

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Reply 17 - Posted by: bob913, 4/12/2013 3:50:08 PM     (No. 9272493)

The teacher meanwhile has a nice big fat pension that you will also be paying for.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Twinkle93, 4/12/2013 8:43:40 PM     (No. 9272813)

The colleges and federal government haven enslaved millions of people. The more money that is loaned the more the colleges raise their rates.

Colleges should have to inform all applicants how many graduates get jobs and at what pay.

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