I have nothing to "sell" you - so I'll lay out the issues I have with lease options below. "Can" rent to own deals work out for the buyer? Sure. You just assume a lot of additional risk vs. buying a home the conventional way. They are not, however, a way to circumvent the credit/income qualifications - you simply "postpone" this process for the term of the lease. At the end of the day, to "own" the home - you have to qualify for, and take out a mortgage on the property. There is no way to simply "make monthly payments" until you own the home, without having to qualify for anything on the basis on your credit, etc.
The justrenttoown.com site also lets you search by zip code for eligible homes. As soon as you've input your zip code and searched, you'll get a list of homes. You can click for details, but you have to register to see an in-depth offering of each listing. When you register, you will get access to seller contact information as well. There is a rent-to-own guide for potential applicants as well.
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At homestarsearch.com, you start by typing in the zip code of the area you want to search RTO listings in. It'll pull up any RTO homes within a certain mile radius of your desired zip code, and you can click on each one to get more details. Once you've registered for the site, you'll get in-depth information about each property including pricing, the number of bedrooms or bathrooms, and how big the property is. There is also seller contact details so you can talk to them directly.
You may lack the credit score and traditional 20% down payment for a traditional mortgage, but remember to investigate an FHA loan. If you’re a first-time buyer, you can put as little down as 3.5% if you have a credit score of at least 580 and meet other criteria, such as steady employment and a certain debt-to-income ratio. You will, however, have to pay mortgage insurance to help lessen your lender’s risk.
You don’t have to qualify for a mortgage right away. You may be drawn to a rent-to-own program because you can’t afford to buy a home yet. Maybe you’re still paying off debt or you don’t have a down payment saved. Moving into a house without qualifying for a mortgage may seem like the answer, but here’s the truth: The chances of your rent-to-own agreement falling through go way up if you’re already in a financial mess.