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I want to save up for a mortgage but not sure if i should save up and pay off my student loan first?…then ill have no debt…but it means delaying saving for a mortage for about 2 or 3 years. but the interest on the student loans is now 4.4%!!!! which is high. Is anyone in similar situations?

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    April 12, 2012 at 1:47 am

    pay of the loan, then when you commit to buying your own place you just have the det of that over your head not the loan as well

    just me thoughts

    regards x kitti x

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    April 12, 2012 at 2:14 am

    Ive just finished my degree….

    Personally I’m leaving the student loan and just having them take out what is necessary… until I’m in a better position, the monthly payment are pretty minimum and the interest rate is one of the best you will get (other than those introductory 0% credit cards)

    Getting a mortgage is much higher on my priority at the moment, so we are saving for a deposit on that first.

    I’d waste more money paying rent if i was priced out of the market because i waited 3years!!

    You could consider a 100% mortgage that way your on the market ladder, and can still pay off your student loan.

    Its completely up to you and your priporities xx

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    K B
    April 12, 2012 at 2:59 am

    4.4% isn’t high! If you can get a better rate on a savings account then you’ll be better of saving than paying off, its just basic maths.

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    April 12, 2012 at 3:38 am

    The most important thing is to get yourself on the property ladder, house prices are still increasing far faster than any other investment, the benefits of getting your first house far out way the disadvantages of your student loan, the shortage of housing across the whole of the country will keep house prices high for another 10 years, even with the odd up and down in prices we will still see house prices doubling with in 10 years, if you dont act now you will lose the oppurtunity

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    April 12, 2012 at 4:25 am

    I would keep paying the loan as scheduled while saving for the mortgage in a high interest account. 4.4% is so much lower than my student loans.

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    April 12, 2012 at 4:38 am

    How sad to read that a young person with their whole life ahead of them has been brainwashed into worrying about buying a house!All this media hype is destined to give today’s youth a nervous breakdown. There is a whole world out there,get out there and explore it,take chances,be adventurous and live! There is time enough to worry about tying yourself down for 30 years of debt,pay of your student loan asap and go for it with a terrific job somewhere interesting.Oh that I was your age again and someone giving me this advice.

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    April 12, 2012 at 5:05 am

    mortgage first DEFO
    by the time you pay the loan off house will have gone up at least another youll save thousands in the long run!! mortgage every time

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    April 12, 2012 at 5:07 am

    Nothing gives you a greater sense of pride than owning your own home for the first time. However, I do not know your age, traveling around the world or at least the country is what I would do if I were young again. Once you have a house and a family you will no longer be able to explore your world at your leisure. Maybe you will find a new place that you would like to call home or maybe you will meet someone you never would have met. Enjoy your life for a little while, even if it is only for a few months or years. Pay the minimum on your school loans (4.4% is a great rate by the way) while your are persuing your goals whatever they may turn out to be. You will only live once, I think, so make the most of it!

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    Robin L
    April 12, 2012 at 5:44 am

    Even if you have run up a balance on a high-rate credit card, you may hear a nagging voice in your head urging you to keep plowing money into savings for retirement, college for the kids or a new home.

    The simplistic solution — to invest if you can earn a higher interest rate than you’re paying on your loans — can be downright dangerous. That became clear when, in the late ’90s, a wave of questionable advice suggested that homeowners actually create more debt to invest in the booming stock market — by pulling out some equity via a cash-out refinancing or home-equity loan. Then came the bear market.

    The best answer lies in separating good debt from bad debt. It’s almost always a good idea to get rid of credit card and other high-interest loans before you start setting aside cash. However, you probably don’t want to accelerate mortgage or student loans at the expense of saving for retirement.

    Begin by making a list of all your debt and the interest rates on those debts to prioritize which ones you should pay first.
    Then look at your alternatives for saving and investing and, if necessary, reset your priorities.

    Step 1: Pay off the high-interest debt
    If you have high-interest credit card debt, tackle that first. It doesn’t make sense to start saving or investing until you’ve paid off this debt. You’d have to make more than 20% after-tax return on stocks, bonds or mutual funds to make them a better investment than paying off a credit card with an interest rate above 15%.

    There is one exception to that rule of thumb: If your employer offers a 401(k) plan and will match your contributions up to a certain level, fund it up to that level — even if you have credit card debt — because you’re getting a 100% return on your investment.

    Contribute more than the match level once you’ve paid off your consumer debt.

    If you’re drowning in debt, liquidate assets such as stocks and use your savings — but not a 401(k) or IRA — to pay off your credit cards. If you’re in dire straits, you can borrow up to 50% (no more than $ 50,000) from a 401(k). Although you pay yourself back with interest, you give up tax-free compounding, and you will have to pay back the loan immediately if you leave your employer.

    Step 2: Identify the good debt
    For the most part, it’s usually not a good idea to pay off your home mortgage unless you have a lot of extra cash. After all, Uncle Sam refunds part of your interest payment if you itemize your deductions on your tax return.

    Use your money instead to invest in liquid assets. paying off your mortgage (and any other debt you might have) by the time you retire so you can get by on less money.

    Don’t be in a rush to pay off student loans, either. The old rule that allows a tax deduction only for interest paid during the first five years of repayment is ending. Qualifying interest on student loans can be written off no matter how long it takes to pay off your loans.

    However, you can ease the burden of repaying your loans. Thanks to recent legislation, you can now shop around for the best terms. For example, lenders may offer a rate reduction if you elect to have your loan payments automatically deducted from your bank account. And some lenders will knock more off your rate after 24 or 36 months of on-time payments. Compare deals at

    Step 3: Save and invest
    Once you’ve eliminated high-interest consumer debt, start saving as much as you can. The best place to begin is a 401(k). The next best option is an IRA (see Open Your First IRA).

    In addition to putting money into a retirement account, you need cash that’s readily available in an emergency so you don’t have to rely on credit cards.

    Set aside enough money to tide you over for three months if your paycheck suddenly stopped. If you have less-than-steady income, such as from a commissioned sales position, or a job that has more exposure to economic fluctuations, consider setting aside six months’ income. (Use our calculator to see how much you should save.)

    Sock it away in a high-yield savings account or money market fund on a monthly basis until you reach your desired amount.

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