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What is Renting to Own?

A rent to own or lease option is an arrangement between the buyer and the seller to purchase a house after renting it for a specific period of time. A portion of the rent would be applied toward the purchase if the option is exercised. This is referred to as rent credit. Most institutional lenders will accept rent credit as part of the down payment, if rental payments exceed the market rent and if a valid lease-purchase agreement is in effect. A copy of the valid lease-purchase agreement must be attached to the loan application. Read any lease option arrangement carefully for details about transferring the option and other important concerns. Source: Century 21

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Is Renting-to-Own For Me?

This is a question that you yourself only can answer. There are many variables that should contribute to your decision including your credit score, financial situation, remaining debt (if any), income and location. Renting-to-Own has traditionally been good for buyers with less than desirable credit or having a tough time securing a mortgage loan at the time. Getting informed on your personal situation and the Rent-to-Own process is the first step to making the big decision.

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How Should I Plan?

Right off the bat, you should be absolutely sure that you understand all the statutes and requirements on your end before signing the lease option agreement. Some of the things you should know are:

  • the length of your leasing period
  • your monthly lease rate or "rent" to the seller
  • your option fee rate, if any (this can sometimes be applied towards your purchase)
  • the final price of the home due at the end of the leasing period

We are here to help you not only better understand the Rent-to-Own process but to also guide you on how to properly budget every month during your leasing period to work towards the eventual purchase!

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Paving Your Way To Becoming a Home Owner

HomeStarSearch is your gateway to finding Rent-to-Own properties available all across the United States. We do the leg work in finding available lease option homes ready for purchase and constantly add them to our already expansive database.

You can filter your search however you want to find exactly what you are looking for. Search by city, state, ZIP code, and more! Registering on our website will give you full access to property details including property specifications and the seller's contact information.

If you are ever feeling lost, we have a full staff of Rent-to-Own specialists ready to answer any questions you may have about renting-to-own. We want you to have the best RTO experience possible, so let us provide help where it is needed. Our staff will be happy to guide you through any RTO situation and process.

We make it a personal goal to ensure that you receive the benefits of Rent-to-Own by not only providing you the listings but, more importantly, making sure you are well-educated and financially prepared to see the purchase through.