Capital Improvements

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Capital Improvements are significant upgrades to a home that increase the price a buyer is willing to pay for that home.

At the resale of a Shared Equity home, the homeowner retains 100% of any market value that is added by capital improvements* and 25% of any additional appreciation.

When an appraisal is ordered to determine the current value of a CHT home, the homeowner should prepare a list of improvements that have been done to the home. The appraiser will use this list to isolate the value that has been added by making these improvements.  This value is called Capital Improvement Credit.

This is NOT the cost of the improvement. The credit is the difference in the market value of the home with the improvement and without the improvement.

For example, while it might cost $15,000 to add the new garage onto the home, having a garage may only add $10,000 to the market value of the home. Therefore, the seller will receive $10,000 in a Capital Improvement Credit.

Capital Improvement Credit is not granted for routine maintenance, repairs or normal replacement of items.

Major Capital Improvement Notification

Prior to undertaking construction or modification of the home which will cost more than $10,000, the homeowner must first speak with CHT regarding this construction or modification. If the homeowner does not speak to CHT prior to the Major Capital Improvement, CHT has the right to deny Credit for this Major Capital Improvement.

A notification form is available for this purpose. Please see the full Capital Improvement Policy for additional information.

Notification of Major Capital Improvement Form

Shared Equity Program Capital Improvement Credit Policy


Is a Capital Improvement: Is NOT a Capital Improvement:
Replacing wall to wall carpet with hardwood flooring Replacing wall to wall carpet with new carpet
Adding a new garage to a home Replacing an existing garage door
Finishing a basement A fresh coat of paint
Completely remodeling a kitchen Replacing appliances
Adding a fireplace Repairing/replacing an existing heating system
Putting on a deck Replacing windows
Adding a bedroom or bathroom Replacing wiring or plumbing

*CHT may limit the amount of Capital Improvement Credit based on the Capital Improvement Policy.

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