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How Community Land Trust Homeownership Works
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Video: Community land trust homeownership explained.

Community land trust homeownership is an innovation of Civil Rights era leaders in the 1960s and 1970s to prevent displacement and create first-time homebuying opportunities for people shut out of ownership.


Following their example, Homestead builds new homes, or remodels existing homes, and fundraises to subsidize the price of each home to what is affordable to a buyer who meets certain income requirements.  See Do I Qualify

Homebuyers qualify to purchase the home with a traditional fixed-rate mortgage (or ITIN or Halal home financing) from a third-party lender, and accrue equity through a combination of principal reduction and home appreciation.

At the time of purchase, Homestead retains title to the land under homes, where it is stewarded by the community for future generations.

In exchange for the opportunity to buy a home far below market rates, homeowners agree to a resale

formula that controls the appreciation of the home. This formula allows them to earn a fair return of equity while at the same time passing on an affordable price to the next owner if/when they sell the home.

This formula and a monthly program fee are agreed upon in a 99-year, renewable lease or covenant between Homestead and the homeowner. This same agreement requires that each homeowner use the home as their primary residence, pay taxes and insurance, and maintain the home in good repair.


Although our homeowners do not participate in the full market appreciation of their homes, they are protected from downward volatility in housing markets.


Homestead provides post-purchase support to homeowners, assisting in refinancing, repairs and resales.


As a result, owning a home through Homestead is a safer first-time homebuying opportunity that puts buyers on the road to building household assets.

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