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Danielle, Home Buyer in Dickinson, TX

I'm looking to rent-to-own a forclosed home. what do i need to do?

Asked by Danielle, Dickinson, TX Mon Aug 4, 2008

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No one really wants to give you the real answer. You do not rent to own a foreclosed home, you only buy them with a pre qualified letter for a loan or cash. NOW the buyer may rent it our but not a good deal. Realtors can no longer handle Option Option to buy, how different do you think Rent to own is. It is still one way where the Owner takes advantage of the renter.
The best thing to do is fine a respectable Realtor that will find you a home that is for Sale and for Rent by a respectable seller/renter that will not take a large sum or money or larger monthly sum of money from you.
Good Luck
2 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Aug 4, 2008
Good Advice throughout.
To many bad stories out there. Best way to get into the home is to determine your comfort payment level for a home. If you're paying $1000 in rent now and your estimated mortgage payment is $1400. Start putting the extra $400 into savings now. Budget and live like you buying. Patience and perserverance and pay yourself first (the bank of ME). Good Luck!
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Not the best a Realtor to guide you in this process.

MattyeP. Smith

Colonial Real Estate
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Aug 4, 2008
Don't do it. That doesn't sound very helpful, but ask yourself: are there other options? Are you likely to be evicted at no fault of your own?

It may be a good buy, but there is so much that can go wrong. You could be on time, but it could also be your furniture on the curb through no fault of your own.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Aug 4, 2008
I don't recommend it simply because when you are dealing with a bank or corporate owned property you are dealing with a large entity not an individual person and as employees come and go there is miscommunication and issues than can come up much more easily which could cause a great deal of frustration for you. Bank and corporate owned homes rarely are available rent to own unless you already occupied it before the foreclosure as a renter.
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I am looking to buy a home. Can you recommend any good realtors?
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Any reason you can't buy instead of rent? If so, I suggest that. Foreclosed homes will sometimes have mold in them, if it wasn't cleaned up properly. Lead based paint, and other issues are somthing you should figure out for safety health reasons as well. Nothing wrong with Foreclosures as they are usually bought very cheap and rented out for income to pay for the mortgage. A number of investors I work with buy them for rentals and turn around and sell them in 5 years as a profit, while you pay there mortgage. If you ever get a chance, go to and look at his renting vs. owning link and look at the money you spend in the time of over 5 years vs. owning. If you can't get a loan, thats understandable too, but if that is the case, get your credit up to snuff as there are 0 down financing options out there as well.

Maybe the seller will even give you an lease option to purchase so you aren't throwing away your money and going towards a contract with them as they will most likely sell it down the road and you have the first right of refusal on the property then as well.

Best of luck.

Check out HUD homes and REOTrans houses for information
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 6, 2008
You won't be able to combine the two items: (1) rent-to-own, and (2) forclosure.

For a rent-to-own, you're renting from the owner, with an option or agreement to purchase the home at some point in the future. The person needs to own the home, and be willing to sell to you, Unlike some of the other comments below, I do like rent-to-own. In the right circumstances, for the right people, it can be a way to buy a home when otherwise you can't. Having said that, there are some abuses and, even in the best of circumstances, a large number of rent-to-own transactions never make it to purchase.

An additional problem in Texas, as Bruce correctly notes, is that they're virtually impossible to do in Texas.

Meanwhile, a foreclosed home is one that the bank now owns. Even in states where rent-to-owns are popular, banks don't do it. If a bank owns a property, it wants to sell it. And it wants to do it with a minimum of hassle. That's why they list the property, and that's why they sell the property in "as is" condition. The last thing they want is a tenant with shaky credit who may or may not be willing or able to purchase in a year or two.

Find a good mortgage broker to see what you'd qualify for today, and what steps you need to take to clean up your credit to qualify for something in a year or two. Then interview Realtors and find a good, creative one. Though rent-to-own isn't an option, you still need to find one who is willing to work with you to explore all legal options.

Good luck.
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Don Tepper, Real Estate Pro in Burke, VA
I personally don't like this idea. In my experience few people end up buying. This presents a problem as your contract normally obligates you to buy and puts your down payment at risk if you don't. If you want to rent --then do it, RENT. If you want to buy, then BUY, but don't mix the two. We've recently taken steps in Texas to prohibit these types of transactions. There are still people advertising such schemes and think they have a way around it, but the intent and content of the law is clear-NO RENT TO OWN. There's a reason for the law and that is that there were too many bad guys out there taking people's money in a lot of different ways. As a person wanting to rent you put yourself at some risk agreeing to these transactions.
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Bruce Lynn, Real Estate Pro in Coppell, TX
I agree with the others, it is not a good first choice. With all the great programs available, the best thing to do is get a job, work for 2 yrs, save up and buy. Too risky to buy a rent-to-own house.
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