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What is a Community Land Trust and how does it work?

Benefits of the Living in a CLT home:

Why do we need the Community Land Trust?

When incomes do not rise as fast as housing prices, many people cannot afford to buy a market-rate house. The Land Trust is a tool to help low and moderate income people with steady incomes and good credit buy a home.

Where is the Community Land Trust model used?

The model is widely used around the country and the world, including in the UC system by UC Irvine, Santa Cruz, and Santa Barbara among others. The universities employ the model to recruit and retain faculty and staff who would otherwise be priced out of the housing market and not stay to work in the University area. This “recruitment and retention” concept is being extended to people in our local community such as public safety workers, teachers, and other service providers.

Will banks and other financial institutions make loans for homes on leased land?

Yes. Most of the largest banks in the country are regularly making Land Trust home loans. We can also recommend a local lender who is well versed with the program and with all documents needed to secure loan approval.

How does a Land Trust make homeownership affordable?

The Land Trust owns the land and does not pass that cost to the homeowner. Taking the price of the land out of the equation makes the home more affordable. In return, the home is sold to the next family at a price they too can afford.

What happens if a leaseholder wants to move?

You can move at any time and the CLT will help another family buy the home.

What about taxes?

The homeowner pays all the taxes associated with the property. As with all homeowners, if you itemize, the interest portion of your mortgage payment is tax deductible. If you itemize your federal income taxes, the property taxes that are paid are also tax deductible.