Pay Off Debt to Afford a Mortgage

by Dotson Skaggs 09/17/2019

The cost to attend university continues to rise, putting pressure on students to afford an education. While some universities assist their students, many raise their prices to contend with operating costs. As a result, students leave school with mounds of debt that impede their quality of life. Paying off student loans starts by laying the appropriate groundwork, which gives you the best chance at success. 

Where to Start

Begin by identifying the type of student loans you have. Most often, you have either private or government student loans. The difference between them dictates the various options available to eliminate your debt. Now that you've identified your student loan type start with the government student loan. 

Government Loans

Government loans offer a variety of payment options based on factors such as your income and ability to pay. To more effectively make your student loan payments, request the payment plan that fits your financial situation. When you do receive extra money—like that birthday gift from Great-Aunt Daisy—apply it to your principal balance. You'll speed up the loan elimination process. By using the right payment plan, you balance your debt elimination with financial well being.

Private Loans

The payment plans for private student loans are difficult to adjust. One method to consider is refinancing to a lower interest rate. By refinancing your loan, you may lower your monthly payments. If you continue making more substantial payments on your refinanced note, you'll eliminate the principal balance at a faster rate. 

If you find yourself looking to refinance, shop around. Several companies specialize in student loan refinancing. By lowering your interest rate, you save money and can use that extra money toward principal payments, ultimately eliminating your student loans faster.

Finally, once you set a repayment plan, increase your principal payments through a second job or side-gig. Lyft, eBay, Instacart, and other flexible part-time options make increasing your outside income possible. Eliminating student loan debt is difficult, but certainly possible. With minor tweaks and adjustments, you will find the right path for you. 

Once you clear your student debt, you will have extra income for items such as saving for a down payment on a home. Purchasing a home is arguably the most significant asset for most people. By eliminating student debt, you can focus on home buying. To see if you qualify for a mortgage despite your school debt, reach out to a mortgage broker or loan officer.

About the Author
Author

Dotson Skaggs

Living in Denver continuously since 1960, Dotson has witnessed The Mile High City mature to become one of the nation’s top metropolitan statistical areas.  As one of Denver’s elite real estate salesman with 2,000+ homes sold and $600,000,000+ in sold volume, Dotson is annually one of the top 15 agents out of 5,000+ members with the Denver Metro Association of Realtors.

     Based on the principles of service, professionalism, and our Realtor Code of Ethics, Dotson sponsors and donates his time to numerous community service projects such as dumpster day, shredding day, a community garage sale weekend and a neighborhood young entrepreneur’s career fair.  Dotson also distributes American flags to neighborhoods for the Fourth of July, helps sponsor a neighborhood picnic, prepares and distributes HOA directories to various communities and sponsors a neighborhood annual photo session with the Easter Bunny.  Dotson also serves his fellow Realtors by volunteering on the Denver Metro Association of Realtor’s Professional Standard’s (Ethics) Committee.

     To better serve his clientele with the principles outlined above, Dotson left his own independent real estate company after 22 successful years and joined the nationally acclaimed Kentwood Real Estate in 2005.  Dotson has been blessed with the opportunity to serve countless homeowners and buyers with their individually unique and diverse needs.

     In addition to real estate, Dotson’s passions are spending time with his growing family, working out, playing golf, reading and observing the political scene.  He dreams to one day possess a golf game which is commensurate to his real estate career.  However, Dotson is also known to be overly optimistic when it comes to his golf game.

Dotson’s Favorite Quote is:  “Never Give Up.  Never Give up.  Never.  Never.  Never.”            Sir Winston Churchill (1941)

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A BRIEF SUMMARY OF DOTSON'S CREDENTIALS AND REAL ESTATE EXPERIENCE:

Over 30 Years of Real Estate Experience in Negotiating the Sale, Purchase and Leasing of Property (20 Years Broker/Owner) 

Over $600 Million in Sales Volume 

2,500+ Homes Sold in the Denver Metro Area

2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017 Wall Street Journal - Top 100 producing agents in Denver Metro Area

2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017 Kentwood Champion’s Club Recognizing Over $17 - $31+ Million of Annual Sales

2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017 Denver Metro Association of Realtors Gold Roundtable of Excellence Award with $17 - $31" Million of Sales Volume 

Prestigious Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist Designation

Member of the Colorado Association of Realtors’ Ethics and Professional Standards Committee for the Past 25 Years 

Member of National Association of Realtors

Member of Colorado Association of Realtors

Member of Denver Metro Association of Realtors

Member of Denver Metro Area Multiple Listing Service

     In addition to possessing a true love for assisting homeowners and buyers with their real estate needs, Dotson is just as devoted to his family's needs. In his leisure time, Dotson enjoys activities such as snow skiing, golfing and camping in the beautiful Colorado mountains.  Dotson has also contributed to the Denver Metro area community by being an active supporter in many local groups and charities. He served in the Big Brother's organization for 10 years and has supported and contributed to the American Zang Foundation. This organization provides assistance for low-income and minority students in locating, applying for and obtaining college scholarships.

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OVER 30 YEARS OF TRUST AND EXPERIENCE

SERVING THE ENTIRE DENVER METRO AREA

  • MBA, BS, CRS, GRI, ABR, CDPE, LHMI, MCNE
  • Top 10 Brokers - Denver Board of Realtors
  • Top 15 Individual Sales - Denver Board of Realtors
  • Top 10 Transactions - Denver Board of Realtor
  • More than $500 Million Career Sales and 2,500 Transactions

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EDUCATION

  • Masters of Business Administration - Marketing
  • Bachelor of Science-Business/Land Management