There are options to lease with the option to buy. It is called a Lease Purchase. Over a set amount of time while paying rent, your rent money will be credited when you purchase the home.
Are you working with an agent? We are able to go through our Multiple Listing Service and call on homes that have been on the market for a long time to see if the owners are willing to rent.
Yes, there are many options out there. Some of our markets are seeing such a decrease in inventory that many sellers are choosing not to rent. Call a local agent to help you find what you are looking for.