1. What is the process for doing home improvements?

Please refer to the Home Improvements page for information about the process.

2. Who is responsible for a diseased or dead tree in my front yard?

Please contact Faculty Staff Housing and we will determine whether it is a Stanford or private tree. If it is a Stanford street tree, Stanford will remove and may replace it. Otherwise, a homeowner will be responsible for removal and may be required to replace it with another tree.

3. What is the process for selling my campus/ground-leased home?

Please refer to Selling or Renting Your Home for information about the process.

4. Do I need a real estate agent to sell my campus home?

It is your choice. Faculty Staff Housing provides all the forms and disclosures necessary to sell your home without a real estate professional. Many sellers choose to use a real estate agent to show their homes, negotiate with buyers and their agents, and complete the inspections and paperwork. The negotiated commission is generally paid by the seller to the seller’s agent.  The seller’s agent then shares the commission with the buyer’s agent, if there is one. Some sellers choose to hire a real estate attorney instead of a real estate agent to facilitate their transactions.

5. Can I get a listing of actual house prices for campus homes?

Not yet.  We are working on it.  

6. What is the process for renting my campus/ground-leased home?

Please refer to the rental section of the Selling or Renting Your Home page for more information.

7. Can Faculty Staff Housing list my off-campus home for sale or rent?

Faculty Staff Housing only lists leasehold homes for sale or rent. If you have an off-campus home without a ground lease, you may wish to list your home in the Stanford Report, local newspapers, or home rental websites.

8. How do I transfer the title of my leasehold home to a trust?

Please refer to the Lease Actions page for information about assigning a lease to a trust.

9. How do I extend my lease?

Please refer to the Lease Actions page for information about extending your lease.

10. Can I gift my campus home to my children after I die?

Your lease will prevail over any estate planning document. Upon the death of the last surviving eligible person, the estate is required to sell the property under the terms of the lease. Your estate planning document will specify how the proceeds will be distributed. If you wish to place your home in a trust, please refer to "Assigning a Lease to a Trust" on the Lease Actions page and complete an AAC&A request form.

11. Will Stanford refinance my loans?

Stanford does not have a program to refinance existing loans. Please contact an outside lender to take advantage of lowering your interest rate, taking cash out, or eliminating any deferred interest obligations on your Stanford loans.

12. How do I refinance or obtain a home equity line?

Please refer to the Refinancing page.

13. How do I payoff my Stanford loans?

Please refer to the Loan Payoffs page.

14. What happens to my housing programs after I leave Stanford?

If you are participating in housing programs, please contact Faculty Staff Housing before you leave. Your salary supplement will stop on your ineligibility date, and all Stanford loans are due on your ineligibility date. Please refer to your Promissory Note regarding due date provisions. If you own a leasehold home, please refer to your Lease regarding the amount of time you have to sell your home and to whom you must sell your home. 

You may wish to leave sufficient time in order to make arrangements to refinance your loans or sell your house. For a refinance, please refer to our Lenders List for some possible outside lender options.

15. What is Ebix?

Ebix assists the University with the tracking of insurance information for homes with a Stanford ground lease and/or outstanding Stanford loans. Please refer to the Insurance Requirements page for more information.