Tudor house

The Princeton Faculty Residential Purchase Plan (PFRPP) enables eligible faculty and staff to purchase homes near campus at a fair-market value-based price directly from Princeton University. Under the terms of the PFRPP, the University retains the option to repurchase a property under specific conditions.

The PFRPP is managed by Housing and Real Estate Services and encompasses the 160 properties in the former Gray Farm and Broadmead neighborhoods.  All properties in the PFRPP are governed by the terms, conditions, and restrictions of the former Broadmead program.

For questions about available PFRPP properties, contact the Faculty & Staff Housing and Real Estate Services Office at fshsg@princeton.edu.

 

Princeton University Homeownership Program Eligibility

Employees in term positions in the ranks listed below will not normally be eligible to participate in the programs.

Faculty (three-year appointments or longer)
SMP*TIC*PFRPP*

Professor

XXX

Associate Professor

XXX

Assistant Professor

X  

Lecturer with rank of Professor

X  

Senior Lecturer

X  

On-campus research and specialist staff
(three-year appointments or longer)

SMPTICPFRPP

Senior Research Scholar

XXX

Research Scholar

X  

Senior Professional Specialist

XXX

Professional Specialist

X  
On-campus administrative and professional staffSMPTICPFRPP

ADM 10+

XXX

ADM 08-09

X  

Head Coach

X  

AIT 05

XXX

AIT 04

X  
Library (three-year appointments or longer)SMPTICPFRPP

Senior Librarian

XXX

Librarian

X  

Librarian III

X  

Associate Librarian

X  
Princeton Plasma Physics Lab (PPPL)SMPTICPFRPP

ADX

XXX

ADM 11+

XXX

ADM 08-10

X  

ENG 10

XXX

ENG 08-09

X  

RES 06

XXX

RES 03-05

X
*SMP - Standard Mortgage Program
*TIC - Tenancy In Common
*PFRPP - Princeton Faculty Residential Purchase Plan

The purchase price of the PFRPP properties is established through an appraisal conducted by a certified New Jersey real estate appraiser who determines the unrestricted fair-market appraised valued of a property.

The University conveys the property to an eligible employee in "fee simple" title, subject to specific restrictive covenants that a property may be used only for a principal personal residence; that prior University approval of major changes in the structure or exterior of the house is required; and including other similar use covenants set forth in the deeds of properties under the plan.

Copies of such covenants are available upon request. Owners are solely responsible for all costs associated with carrying a property after closing of title, including maintenance, utilities, insurance, payment of real estate taxes and any other costs normally associated with homeownership.

As a part of the transaction, the purchaser grants to the University an assignable option to repurchase the property upon the occurrence of any of the following events: the death of both the employee and his/her spouse or registered domestic partner; the employee leaves the employ of the University (other than by retirement); the employee ceases to make the house his/her principal personal residence; or if there is a change in title to the property.

Once receipt of notice that one of these events has occurred, the University will have 60 days in which to exercise or assign its option to repurchase the property. If the University does not exercise or assign its option within the 60-day period, the owner of the property may sell the property to any person at any price.

The price for the University’s repurchase of the property is established as follows: The owner (at the owner's expense) obtains an appraisal from a qualified real estate appraiser who determines the unrestricted fair market value of the property. A copy of the appraisal is delivered to the office of the Director of Housing and Real Estate Services.

After such review, if the University agrees with the value, the process will move forward with a title transfer. If the University feels the value provided by the owner's appraiser is not appropriate, the University may elect to have an appraiser of its choice (at the University’s expense) provide a similar report that will be shared with the owner.

If the owner does not accept the value of the second appraiser, the two appraisers (owner's and University's) will consult and choose a third appraiser to review both reports and establish a value for the property. The cost of this third report is shared equally by the owner and the University. The value established by the third appraiser is binding on all parties.

The purchase of a home under this plan is normally financed through a University mortgage loan. University Mortgage Services administers the mortgage program and should be consulted regarding the financing options available to eligible employees to assist them in the purchase of homes under the program.

Owners are not guaranteed that the resale price of a home purchased under this plan will equal or exceed the original price of the property or the outstanding principle balance of their mortgage when the house is sold.

Office of University Mortgage Services

The correctness of appraisals obtained under the plan described above are subject to challenge by the IRS. If the IRS determines a purchaser paid too little for a home, the "underpayment" might be treated as taxable income to the employee by the IRS.

These pages are intended to provide a summary description of the program. Those who wish to pursue the possibility of making a purchase under this plan should obtain both legal and tax advice. The University will not be liable for any tax or other consequences that may result from changed circumstances in the future, such as changes in the law, changes in position on the part of the IRS or the like.

Housing and Real Estate Services will provide copies of all relevant documents and other related information available to potential purchasers and to their attorneys upon request, and should be reviewed in detail.

Contact the Faculty & Staff Housing and Real Estate Services Office at fshsg@princeton.edu for more information.