SCLT wants to give you as many resources as we can that will help you pick your home. There are many options out there for you, but we want to help you find the perfect one.
Home Buyer Guide
Accessing your Credit Score
- Credit Karma provides truly free credit scores t consumers direct from the credit bureau. Your scores are retrieved securely with no hidden fees. www.creditkarma.com
- This central site allows you to request a free credit file disclosure, commonly call a credit report, once every 12 months from each of the nationwide consumer credit reporting companies: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion www.annualcreditreport.com
Down Payment Requirements
Springfield Community Land Trust requires a $1500 down payment on your home purchase.
Is purchasing a Springfield Community Land Trust home a good option for you? Once your SCLT application has been submitted and reviewed, SCLT staff will help you find out if you qualify now to purchase a home or help you make a plan to get on track to buy a home in the future.
How much of my income should I spend on housing? As a rule, your housing costs shouldn’t exceed 30% of your take-home income.
Your monthly housing payment is made up of your mortgage principle and interest, property taxes, insurance, ground lease fee and a stewardship fee and maintenance.
There’s no easy way to determine what upkeep will cost you, but most homeowners spend 1%–4% of their property’s value on maintenance every year.
Qualified land trust applicants submit a loan application and supporting financial documents (drop down with list * last three months of pay stubs * Bank statements for last two months * W-2’s for last two years) to a participating lender.
Applicants that have steady income for at least two years and a credit score of 620 are good candidates for approval. Applicants can still qualify if they have a bankruptcy or foreclosure that has been discharged for two years.
Applicants must complete a HUD-approved Homebuyer Education Course and a one on one follow-up counseling session to purchase a SCLT home
The Homebuyer Education can be online, one on one or a classroom training.
Online Homebuyer Education Options:
One on one and classroom sign up is done through a referral with our HUD certified counseling partner at no cost to you.
Buying and selling a home comes with paperwork; there’s no avoiding it.
A realtor helps navigate the buying process of exchanging the rights to a home and will draft the sales agreement for you and work with the title company or attorney to prepare the closing documents.
In a Community Land Trust model, the improvements (home, outbuildings, etc) are sold and the Land Trust retains ownership of the ground beneath the home and for an affordable amount, leases it to the home owner with a ground lease which is a long-term lease that separates ownership of the land from ownership of the building . Our agreement is a 99-year renewable lease. By retaining ownership of the land, the Trust benefits the community by dictating that the home must be maintained as affordable for future families as it is sold and repurchased. This gives working families the opportunity to build assets and financial stability.
The purchase transaction concludes with a closing at a title company. A title company makes sure that the title to a piece of real estate is legitimate and then issues title insurance for that property.
Ownership is transferred to the buyer at the closing. The buyer leaves the closing with the keys to their new home