Personally I would not advise looking for homes where the Seller is willing to finance you. To begin with there aren't going to be many and the only reason for a Seller to offer this is because they can't sell their home. Secondly, in most cases sellers offering owner financing are extremely savvy and are looking to take advantage of less savvy home buyers. They will charge you above average interest rates and their "contract" will definitely favor them. If you do go this route I would advise you to have an attorney review it before you sign anything.
I wish you all the best.
If you're simply looking for down payment assistance, that's another conversation.
I do not suggest doing lease purchases though. There are simply way too many things that can go wrong with one from either side.
In order to do true owner financing, the owner must own the property free and clear of any mortgages. Very few sellers are going to be in that position.
If the property currently has a mortgage on it, the owner cannot legally transfer the title to a buyer without the mortgage first being paid in full. Most all mortgage loans have a due on sale clause. This due on sale clause requires that the mortgage be paid in full should a title transfer occur.
The buyer is also at great risk on a lease purchase transaction should the seller quit making their mortgage payments. Right now, many sellers cannot afford to make their mortgage payments or simply chose not to continue making them. I have seen where the buyer is making their rent payment, but then the owner is not paying the mortgage. The next thing the buyer knows is that the home is in foreclosure. That means the buyer will generally not get back any of the money they have given as earnest money or security deposits.
It is also a big risk on the buyer. If your credit is not where it needs to be now, there is no possible way of you knowing it will be acceptable in a set amount of time.
Before entering into any type of agreement like that, the buyer needs to make sure that they fully understand the potential pitfalls that could arise. Should the seller default on the mortgage, the buyer could lose ALL of the money that they have invested. Until you are able to purchase, renting is generally the safer option.
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