New Homeownership Opportunity at Wintergreen Townhomes 

HRB is acquiring 31 townhomes in the upcoming 73-unit Wintergreen Townhomes community on Wintergreen Lane near Virginia Mason and Walgreens. These homes will become a part of our community land trust, where they will remain permanently affordable to income-qualified households.

Wintergreen presents an exciting opportunity to grow our land trust and to help more families realize their dream of homeownership.

Please read this page and all of the downloads to understand the HRB homebuying process and to find out if you are eligible. For more information, contact Homeownership Program Manager Jackie Brasefield at 206.842.1909 or [email protected].

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The HRB Community Land Trust

Housing Resources Bainbridge (HRB) is a community land trust (CLT). We own and manage land for the purpose of providing permanently affordable housing to low- and moderate-income households. These homes are an enduring community resource and an investment in a more sustainable Bainbridge Island.

We are one of 13 such land trusts in Washington and the fifth largest.

CLTs keep home prices low by separating the value of the home from the value of the land. HRB sells the home and retains ownership of the land, which it leases to the homeowner for a 99-year term with the option to renew.

We oversee each original sale and every resale thereafter to ensure that homes are sold to other income-qualified households at a price that is affordable. Regulations in the ground lease—not market forces—dictate the sale price, balancing affordability for the buyer with equity for the seller.  

Stewardship is a key component of the community land trust model. HRB supports prospective homeowners during the process of qualifying for and buying a home and keeping up with mortgage payments and home maintenance. When the time comes to sell, we find a buyer who meets our income qualifications and facilitate the sale without charging a commission. 

Read Ground Lease Basics.

  • Stable monthly mortgage payments that are affordable to you. 
  • Opportunity to build equity in your home. 
  • Tax-deductible mortgage interest. 
  • Long-term security. (There are no rent increases, and you can live there as long as you want.) 
  • The owner must live in the home full time; the home cannot be rented. 
  • If you decide to sell, the home must be sold to another qualified household at a price that is based on a resale formula (not the market rate). 

To be eligible, you must meet the following qualifications: 

Income and Asset Eligibility

HRB homes are generally affordable to buyers earning 60-80% of area median income (AMI) for Kitsap County. The exact income requirement depends on down payment, household size, debt, and other factors. (HRB has a limited number of homes available to households earning up to 120% of AMI).  

Assets at closing may not exceed $300,000. 

Read Eligibility Requirements.

Mortgage

To finance your home purchase, you will need to qualify for a mortgage, which requires the following: 

  • Adequate income. You must be able to document adequate, steady income so that your total housing costs does not exceed 35% of your gross monthly income. 
  • Adequate credit. Generally, mortgage lenders require a minimum credit score of 640. 
  • Minimum debt. Your total debt payments, including your total housing costs, student and car loans, and credit card loans and any other personal loans, may not exceed 40% of your gross monthly income. 

The process begins with familiarizing yourself with the documents on this page and determining if you are eligible. If so, download the HRB homeownership application below. All completed applications which meet our qualifications will be placed on our waitlist and considered in the order received. To remain on the waitlist, you must supply HRB with updated income information as requested.  

Buying a home requires time, energy, patience, and discipline, not to mention a variety of fees paid along the way. HRB is here to help as you meet the lender’s many (and often repeated) requests for information and documentation. If you have any questions about the homeownership program or would like more information, email  Jackie Brasefield or call (206) 842-1909, ext. 10. 

Final determination of whether an applicant will be able to purchase an HRB home depends on the willingness of a lending institution to provide a mortgage that is affordable to the applicant. 

Read Sample Fee Schedule.

Download the Application.