Rent to Own Homes in Williamstown
Buying vs. Rent to Own Homes
The difference between buying a home and signing up for a lease-option depends on your timeframe and how much money you spend on buying the house.
When you buy a house outright, you pay for the fair market value of the home plus interest and other fees charged by your financial lender, if you have one. You buy the property today and immediately start building equity in it.
However, when you rent to own, you won’t own the home until you close on the property, which could be as far as three years from today. You’ll also pay rent monthly, and you don’t get that money back.
There are some fees that you pay for rent to own that you’ll get back as a credit towards the price of your home, like option fees and rent credits. These count as equity on the home, but they’re not on the scale of equity you would build with a mortgage. Therefore, these don’t add anything on to the price you pay for the home the way that rent does.
Rent to Own Realtors
Realtors have more experience with closings and real estate contracts than the typical buyer or seller, but not many of them want to work with rent to own deals. A commission from the sale of a home is much larger than the commission a realtor will receive from rent for the first few years of a lease-option deal.
Instead, visit title companies to make sure the property is eligible for rent to own, consult with a lawyer to ensure that the contract benefits you and meet with a mortgage broker to find out when the buyer will be ready to close on the home.
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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.