I also have houses in Jersey close to NYC that would be cheaper to owner than rent.... I would also consider R2O....
There are rent to own properties in Brooklyn. However, depending on the area there may not be that many. If you need help locating one, feel free to contact me and I can tell you about some I am familiar with. Good luck!
Mitchell S. Feldman
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Madison Estates & Properties, Inc.
Office: (718) 645-1665/ Cell: (917) 805-0783