Just have your agent ask the listing agent if the sellers would consider renting.
if they say yes, then you've got a good communication channel established.
if they say no, then you either accept their response and move on, accept their response and allow them to go another 60 or 90 days on the market without being able to sell or go direct to the seller and knock on their door and ask them personally. Face to Face is always more powerful than indirect communication.
Also, is the agent you are working with a rental specialist? If not, you may consider engaging an agent that focuses on rental houses...it is definitely different from an agent who specializes on homes for sale.
Consider contacting TJ Rubin @ Fulton Grace Realty, they specialize in rentals, are quite knowledgeable and prompt.
Hope this information helps....and fyi, the rental market is VERY strong right now (aka competitive)
PahRoo Appraisal & Consultancy
This type of behavior may throw up a red flag that you would not be a honest tenant. The person who may even more offended is the realtor for the seller's. Its best to respect all of the relationships because if this place is not for rent your realtor may be able to connect you to a place that is available for rent.
the sellers just want to sell the property contact me and I will send you a list of rental properties in your
area. Debbie Bergthold-Smith Classic Real Estate 708-267-5552
The Realtor knows the situation of the Seller and would earn a commission on rental vs sale if that is the seller's willingness to rent vs sell right now. One never knows. But to by-pass the Realtor on the listing is disrespectful to the relationship that the Realtor has with the Seller.
Just my two cents, but I have seen it come to pass. I have done it myself for one of my sellers when approached on the situation.
If you want to make the deal enticing, then pay for the water bill, all utilities, maintain the yard, do upkeep within the house with prior written permission. Renting depends upon how long you would want to stay there as well. As the market is still adjusting, the seller could take a further loss and that is always something you need to consider as well.
Also: do go behind the agents back is a tad "shady" and that might set off the seller and not give you the opportunity if you just do the right thing and respect the relationship with the Realtor to the Seller.
Barb Van Stensel
Keller Williams Lincoln Square
2156 W. Montrose
Chicago, IL 60618