I have just become aware of a rental in Brecksville, OH. Rent is $1250. It's a spacious 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath with 2 car attached garage. This is not a rental that you will find advertised anywhere. I know you were looking for a three bedroom but I wanted to let you know about this opportunity just in case. Call me at 330-687-4394 if you'd like to find out more.
I have a client with a similar situation. It might benefit you to form a relationship with a Realtor you feel comfortable with. Many times we can approach the agent who represents the property you're interested to see if they might be willing to rent to own, something that's pretty common right now. In fact, I know of a house just as you've described in Lakewood.
Also, within our network at Howard Hanna, we often send out requests to our fellow agents for clients who wish to rent. Sometimes those agents may have relationships of their own with clients who are willing to rent the homes they have, even though they aren't advertised.
I'd be happy to help. Call me any time at 330-687-4394. Thanks! Beth Newcomb
A great resource for you might be to log in and create a post explaining the specifics of what you are searching for on CraigsList. Once on craigslist, use the menus and work your way to "Ohio", and then "Cleveland", and perhaps "housing wanted". (You may want to create a new and separate yahoo or hotmail or similar email account and have all the replies sent there, in order to keep from getting too much spam for your confidential email address.) The address for Craigs List:
Cutler Real Estate
203 Applegrove NW
N. Canton, Oh 44720
Web Reference: http://www.jdvorovy.cutlerhomes.com