Assuming you can make the payments--have a steady job, not in trouble with the law--and have a reasonable up-front option fee, many investors would love to work with you.
Here's a link to a blog I wrote on how to find lease-option properties: http://bit.ly/findaleaseoption
Hope that helps.
Yes, there are investors/seller who are open to rent with option to purchase. I would recommend you contact a real estate agent and/or real estate investment groups in the area you are interested in living.
I hope this helps.
Bridgette "Kyria" Chase
Exit Bennett Realty