Rent to Own Homes in Portland
Buying vs. Rent to Own Homes
Renting to own a home is like a test drive for buying a house. It’s comparable to the car dealership letting you drive out of the lot with the car that you want (after you pay a small option fee) and telling you to come back when you have the money to pay the full price of it, as long as it is within the lease term. Then you make monthly lease payments until you’re ready to buy it.
You should lease-option when you’re close to getting financing for the home you’re looking to purchase, but need a bit more time (1-3 years) before you’re ready. And if you’re unsure about the house, you have more time to consider it from a more personal perspective.
Similarly to test driving a car, once you’re sure that this is the house you want and you have the money to purchase it, you should buy it as soon as possible. There’s no sense in paying rent money for longer than you need to. Rent to own also gives you the flexibility to close on a home whenever you’re ready to. It’s a mix of the best parts of renting and buying.
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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Whether you’re interested in purchasing a condo or a townhouse, or if you’ve been touring apartments and houses, rent to own can be a good option for buyers – often with no credit check.
Just because the seller isn’t checking your credit score doesn’t mean you shouldn’t worry about it. You’ll need to have a credit score high enough to qualify for financing if you want to succeed in a rent to buy deal.
In rent to own by owner programs, sellers want to make a profit off of their properties. They will earn rent money from you whether you successfully buy the house or not. So, they don’t really worry about whether you have the credit score to buy it at the end of the lease.
Lease to purchase deals from a company are often less successful than from an owner because companies tend to snatch up cheap foreclosed homes and lease-option them on an “as is” basis.
Owners who are eager to sell their property may ask you to sign a lease-purchase agreement, which is very different from a lease-option because instead of having the option to buy the property before the end of the lease, you legally have to buy it. That can be difficult if you start the deal with bad credit and cannot bring it up high enough to qualify for a mortgage.
Looking for rent to own listings near me? Start your search on the Rent to Own Labs database.
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