Rent to Own Homes in Key West
Buying vs. Rent to Own Homes
Renting to own a home and buying a house have the same steps, just on different timetables.
When you buy a house, you either pay with cash or you make monthly payments to a mortgage or some other kind of financing option for a set time frame.
When you rent to own a home you pay an option fee, which is later credited toward the purchase of the home, and then you make monthly rent payments until you’re sure you want to buy this house and you can secure financing. Then, you do the same things you would if you were buying a house – just make sure you do it before the end of the lease term so that you don’t lose any of the money you’ve negotiated.
When you can choose between the two, buying might be the right option because your monthly payments will go towards equity in a home as opposed to someone else’s pocket. However, lease-options get you to the same place with a little more time.
Rent to Own Realtors
An agent serves as a protection for both the buyer and the seller. They can save the buyer and seller a lot of time and money, which could offset the realtor’s commission.
However, not many realtors are interested in helping with lease-options. They make a minimal profit off of the lease portion of the deal, and the profit from the purchase is several years down the line and isn’t guaranteed.
Instead, protect yourself by communicating with lawyers, title agents and mortgage lenders to ensure that your rent to own deal works smoothly.
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These programs are a great way to buy a condo or townhouse if you have bad credit. In fact, lease purchase and rent to buy programs usually offer cheap homes with no credit check. Just make sure you look at your lease to purchase agreement to understand whether you have the option or obligation to buy the home you’re looking at. Lease-purchase agreements require the buyer to purchase by the end of the lease term, while lease-option agreements give the buyer the option to buy.