US student debt: $1tn crisis crushes home-buying dreams
10 April 2014 Last updated at 21:36 BST
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