1.You put down a non refundable deposit(usually 10%,but negotiable)
2.You agree to lease the house for a specified time(usually 2 yrs,but agina negotiable)at a price that is above market rent
3your deposit and extra funds are placed into an escrow account to build up yur down payment
4. At the end of the lease period yu go to a lender and get financing
5. if you do not go through with the purchase,you forfeit your escrow funds.. and the house can be put back on the market
if you are thinking about going this route,I urge you to work with a local agent who can look out for your best interests.