1) What are the terms offered? I.e., do you have a downpayment with which to tempt the seller?
2) What is the seller's personal situation? Some sellers are comfortable being landlords, some aren't. Some can afford to hold their homes, some can't.
3) What is the buyer's reason for not simply buying now? Sellers are nervous that if you don't qualify for a loan now, you may not qualify a year from now. They will want to know that you have specific criteria from a lender and a real plan for being able to purchase down the road.
Most brokers know a seller or two who would consider leasing to own. I would suggest you get yourself a good buyer's agent and make proposals to specific sellers.
Susan Moore, Broker/ REALTOR
The Susan Moore Team
Better Homes and Gardens Masiello
Windham, ME 04062
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