Have you tried posting an ad on Craigslist in your area?
Additionally, you might try approaching home owners of vacant homes and or homeowners who have been unable to successfully market their homes. Check comparable rent in your area then scour the neighborhood(s) you would be able to afford based on comparable rent or mortgage note. Find vacant homes or aged listings. Listings, call directly to the agent to ask if the owner would consider lease option, suggest the owner would pay realty commission in the same percentage as sales commisssion.Vacant unlisted homes check with the courthouse to see who the owner is and call them direct.
This is a smart move. Good Luck.