Homebuying support program offered to CU employees

University partnering with Landed to provide down-payment assistance, education
By Staff

Homebuying support program offered to CU employees

The University of Colorado is partnering with Landed to launch a down-payment assistance program to help qualified employees purchase homes in neighborhoods close to work.

Landed’s down-payment program invests alongside CU employees to help them reach a 20% down payment. Borrowers contribute at least a 5% down payment, and Landed provides bridge funding to get to a 20% down payment. This allows the borrower to avoid costly mortgage insurance and potentially qualify for a better interest rate on a new home. 

Landed can contribute up to $120,000 per family, in exchange for a portion of the equity gained (or lost, if any) in the home from the time the home is bought to when it is sold. Rather than a loan, this is considered a shared investment between Landed and the homebuyer for a maximum term of 30 years.

The program is available to full-time employees (at least 20 hours per week) who have worked in public education for at least two years. Landed funding can be used to purchase a primary residence in the developed, urban and near-urban regions of the following counties: Denver, Arapahoe, Jefferson, Adams, Douglas, Boulder, Broomfield, Elbert, Park, Clear Creek and Gilpin. Landed anticipates opening its down payment program in El Paso County by fall 2020.

“Rising housing costs in Colorado make it challenging for some of our employees to afford homes. This program will help them live in the communities they serve,” said CU President Mark Kennedy. “Our partnership with Landed will also help improve staff recruitment and retention by helping them make home ownership more accessible.”

This third-party program does not replace the current Faculty Housing Assistance Program offered to tenured and tenure-track faculty.

The San Francisco- and Denver-based company has successfully worked with K-12 and higher education clients across the country.

Landed’s down payment program is made possible by a combination of philanthropic impact investors and capital from other investors, such as those who manage retirement funds for teachers. Together, these sources of investment capital enable the down payment program to support more employees in education in a sustainable way. It works with Colorado banks, including FirstBank, MidFirst Bank and Bank of the West.

Landed offers homebuyer education materials, a network of vetted real estate agents, and programs beyond the down payment program. To learn more, visit Landed’s website.

The week of March 2, Landed will host informational sessions on CU campuses. Interested employees can RSVP for these sessions using the links below.

CU Boulder

CU Denver

 CU Anschutz Medical Campus