1) What is a community land trust?
A community land trust (CLT) is a form of ownership in which the land of a property is held in a trust owned by a community-led nonprofit organization. The community land trust can be used for parks, commercial, industrial or residential space.
2) What does it mean to buy a home through the Here to Stay CLT?
Here to Stay CLT is focused on creating opportunities for potential homeowners to buy an affordably priced home in the Logan Square, Hermosa, and Avondale neighborhoods. A home buyer buys the building (home) on the land and leases the land underneath from Here to Stay. Because the buyer is only buying the building, not the land, Here to Stay is able to provide deeply discounted prices on the home.
3) What are the advantages of buying a home in Here to Stay CLT?
A. Significant cost savings (each property is sold at a price well below the market/appraised price for the property - at least $75,000 less)
B. The home’s property taxes will be assessed at the affordable price - not the current market value. In Logan Square, Hermosa and Avondale, this can mean as much as a 50% savings on the property taxes.
C. Home owners will not be spending their money on rent each month that provides no long term benefit… Instead, their money will be used to pay down their mortgage, thus increasing their equity in the property and they will also potentially benefit from deducting their mortgage interest they pay on their income taxes; also creating a savings there.
4) If the home is mine, will I be able to do anything I want with it?
There are some differences when you live in a CLT property. These differences are laid out in the ground lease that you sign when you close on the property. The main differences are that you must live in the property, you cannot refinance the property without permission from Here to Stay and if you decide to sell, there are restrictions on who you can sell to. You will be selling the property at a price that will keep it affordable for the next buyer as well.
5) If I am buying a two-flat, are there any restrictions on the rent I can charge?
Our hope is that with lower housing costs relative to the surrounding area, you will be able to offer the unit at an affordable rent. However, this is not required nor monitored by Here to Stay.
6) What if I have other questions?
We will be offering a required 90 minute class to provide information on buying with Here to Stay CLT. (Date TBD) For now, feel free to call Susan at Logan Square Neighborhood Association at 773-384-4370 or email at email@example.com