So, can you buy your dream house if you have student loan debt?
The common wisdom is bleak: student loans are preventing borrowers everywhere from living The American Dream.
It doesn't have to be that way, however.
Here are 8 ways to maximize your chance of buying your dream home -- even if you have student loan debt.
Student Loan Debt Statistics
If you have student loan debt, you're not alone. There are more than 44 million borrowers who collectively owe $1.5 trillion in student loan debt, according to personal finance site Make Lemonade.
The same student loan debt statistics report also found that:
Nearly 2.2 million student loan borrowers have a student loan balance of at least $100,000.
There is $31 billion of student loan debt