Who We Are
Based in Rochester, New York, Home Leasing is a private, family-owned company operating in New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland. Our services include development, construction and property management—but we do much more than that. Every aspect of our business is driven by our mission to improve the lives of our residents and the communities in which we work.
Twin brothers, Nelson and Norman Leenhouts, founded Home Leasing Corporation in 1967. For more than 25 years, Nelson and Norman grew Home Leasing Corporation into a substantial real estate business with a diversified portfolio of single-family homes, apartments, and commercial properties. After years of success, Nelson and Norman formed Home Properties, which became a public company in 1994 was traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol HME. During that time, the company grew to have approximately 50,000 rental apartments in 12 states, including 10,000 affordable apartments. From 1994 until 2005, Nelson and Norman served as joint CEOs of Home Properties.
In 2004, Home Properties transitioned its affordable housing and commercial real estate back to Nelson and Norman. In 2006, Home Leasing split the affordable housing and commercial business, with Norman’s family forming Broadstone Real Estate and taking over all commercial properties, while Nelson’s family formed Home Leasing, and took over the affordable housing and community development segments of the business.
In 2008, Home Leasing Construction was established to coordinate and manage all construction services for Home Leasing projects as well as for third party construction. In 2015 Home Leasing grew to include an in-house development team.
There are now three generations of the Leenhouts family at Home Leasing. The company employs over 150 people with its central offices located in downtown Rochester, New York.
Home Leasing plans to remain a privately-owned family business for generations. In 2017 Bret Garwood joined Home Leasing as Chief Operating Officer and succeeded Nelson as CEO in March of 2019. Nelson remains as Chairman of the Board. Company growth and operations will continue to be guided by a Family Council of owners and an Advisory Board who provides outside expertise.