Les Sherman, broker/agent Austin Real Estate Partners
Kristee Leonard, Broker
The Leaders Realty, LLC
Rent to own arrangements are complicated contracts and there are not that many of them to choose from compared to a straight out rental. Be warned, however, Austin is a hot market right now and rentals go fast.
If you aren't in a rush, I'd say rent and get a feel for the exact neighborhoods you like. The rental market is so strong there is a chance your landlord would let you out of a lease early (no guarantee, of course) and you could slide into the new home.
Patience typically results in the best decisions.
All the Best,
Fine Austin Living
It alll depends on your financial situation but in most cases, it is better to buy. Please feel free to call or email me so we can discuss in more detail how to get you on the path to ownership.