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Student debt crushes home-buying dreams

Student debt has risen dramatically in the US, which leaves many recent university graduates unable to buy their first home. The BBC talks to one family trapped in a "vicious cycle" of debt.

There are plenty of "For Sale" signs in the Philadelphia suburb where Michael Nealis lives with his wife Jessica.

But the science teacher owes $64,000 (£38,138) in student loans and lenders say the family's debt-to-income ratio disqualifies them from a mortgage.

Nealis talked to the BBC about "the vicious cycle of student debt" which he says is becoming harder and harder for graduates like him to escape.

Read Beth McLeod's report on the impact of student loans on the US housing market here.

Produced by the BBC's Jonie Mazer Field