Are Rent-to-Own Homes a Scam?

If you’ve spent time driving around CT or browsing Craigslist or other sites, you may have seen advertisements that read, “Own a home for $500/month. No credit check!”

While it seems too good to be true, local rent-to-own homes are a viable option that many residents are taking advantage of.

But…

Are Rent-to-Own Homes a Scam?

In any business there are a few hucksters who aren’t doing the right thing that give everyone else a bad name.  But renting to own / lease option homes aren’t a scam and they’re a really great way for people get on the path to home ownership if your financial situation prevents you from getting a home loan right now.  You can find hundreds of great articles online from reputable resources that back up the fact that rent to own (also called a lease option by many people) is a legitimate and great way to work your way into home ownership.

Really the rent to own process is a relatively simple concept:

  1. The buyer and seller come to an agreement on the cost of the home, the monthly rental payment, and how long the buyer will have to purchase the home.
  2. The buyer moves into the home and begins paying rent.   As this is going on, the buyer is working to rebuild his or her credit, or possibly secure financing to purchase the home using traditional means… and the buyer can feel that same sense of pride that home owners feel because they’re working toward that goal of home ownership actively.
  3. At the end of the term, the buyer has the option to buy the home at the price agreed upon in the initial agreement.

Things To Consider With Your Rent To Own Home / Lease Option

While rent-to-own homes in are a valid business venture, there are many things that buyers must consider.

Purchasing a home is one of the most complex financial decisions that Americans make every year, and renting to own is no different. There are several potential pitfalls:

  • Unlike traditional ownership, if a renter misses a payment, the entire contract *could* be voided. So make sure to read the fine print and ask the property owner what the default clause is. Any reputable real estate company, like Jeff and Jenna Sells Houses! will give you this info and answer any of your questions.
  • If you decide not to purchase the home, or are unable to secure financing, any “credit” (if applicable) you may have earned will likely be lost
  • The upfront “option fee” for the rent to own agreement is usually a non-refundable fee. So be sure if you sign on the dotted line, that this home is the right one for you.
  • Unlike traditional rental agreements, in a rent-to-own situation, the renter is responsible for most repairs.

 

Some Advantages of Renting To Own A Local CT Home

While renting to own is not without risk (and no financial decision is risk-free), there are a ton of advantages:

  • Buyers can “check out” the neighborhood before committing to a 30-year mortgage.
  • Families can move in quickly and enroll children in the local school district.
  • Buyers with credit problems will have time to get their financial situation in order.
  • The seller has a tenant who has good reason to keep the property in shape.
  • The seller will receive monthly payments, which can cover mortgage payments.
  • The seller is exposed to a larger potential market by including those without perfect credit.

All things considered, not only is renting to own a home in definitely not a scam, but a legitimate option for both buyers and sellers.  If you want more information on renting to own a house, the process, and our available list of local rent to own houses / lease options, click the big link below.

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About Jeffrey

Mr. Weiller has some 35 years of experience in the real estate and capital business which includes 100s of residential real estate investment deals putting deserving American families left behind by the mortgage crisis on a path to home ownership. Other experience includes secured financing deals ranging in size to $100 million, investment property sales, landlord representation, and tenant representation. Prior to forming NYCL. Up until the tragic events of September 11th, 2001, specialized in the World Trade Center submarket of New YorkCity and worked in the smoking aftermath helping surviving businesses relocate. Previously was business partner with one of the top dealmakers/leasing brokers in the country. Together completed many major transactions including: the sale of the Colgate Development Site in Jersey City, NJ, with 6 million square feet of development rights to Hartz Mountain/Leonard Stern, two 1 million sq. ft. leases with Prudential Securities and Paine Webber Securities for which entire office buildings were built and rebuilt around, the sale of 100,000 sq. ft. of air rights on Broadway to the Related Companies and represented VNU and Thomson Reuters Publishing, both major publishing companies, nationally in their multi-million square foot portfolios of real estate and has had daily dealings with major Manhattan and nationwide property owners and completed many tax lien foreclosures in New Jersey for his own account.

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