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Annamaria St…, Renter in Bronx, NY

Are there any home rentals w/option to buy available?

Asked by Annamaria Stamp, Bronx, NY Tue Jan 22, 2013

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Good morning Annamaria,

Rent To Own is a better deal for the Seller than it would ever be for a potential Buyer.

The basic concept is finding a way to "force" savings towards a down payment by including a portion of the monthly rental that goes towards that savings. You pay your rent every month and your Landlord deducts a pre-determined amount to hold in a special bank account, called an "escrow" account. Your Landlord holds that money until you have saved up enough---through this "forced-savings" method---to meet a down payment to purchase the home.

The terms of the purchase price, including the down payment amount, and the amount to be set aside from the rental for down payment, are all set down at the time of lease signing.

It's all about helping the renter/tenant save up enough money for a down payment to buy a home (in this case, the one you're renting). But this is a better deal for the Seller because he gets to lock in a purchase price and a buyer today for a future sale.


Saving money for a down payment? Well, heck, you can do that on your own.


If you are dedicated to the idea of buying your own home, you can create your own savings plan to save up enough money for a down payment. And when you have saved up enough for a down payment, if that takes a year or two or more, YOU get to decide on the price you're willing to pay for the house at that time based on current market conditions. You won't be locked in to a price that may be a lot higher than what the house is worth in the future.

With Rent To Own you'll be locked in both to the house and to the price, even if it takes you 3 years to save enough through the forced savings of the rent payments. What happens if three years from now your life situation has changed? Maybe you need a bigger/smaller home. Maybe your employment has relocated. Maybe your credit or income is insufficient to qualify for a mortgage loan.


Find a way to save up on your own; not with Rent To Own.


Sit down with a local Mortgage Banker and get yourself prequalified, too. You may find you're better qualified than you think you are, and, if you're not, at least you'll know how much loan your income and credit qualify you for, and how much you have to save towards down payment and closing costs.

Trevor Curran
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Mobile: 516-582-9181
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PowerHouse Solutions, Inc.
185 Great Neck Rd, Suite 240
Great Neck NY 11021
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 23, 2013
Since rent to own properties may not be listed as such, consider working with an agent of your own. Keep in mind that rent to own can be risky and one could stand to lose a bit of money, therefore do inform yourself well, and consider consulting with an attorney who specializes in real estate beforehand. If you haven't done so yet, visit with any licensed loan officer, see if you can buy outright...
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 22, 2013
These are rare and hard to find if they are out there at all because they rarely work out so no one fools with them. People think they are the answer when they are usually big problems that make a renter lose more money. Just rent, buy when you really can.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 22, 2013
Lease/Option
You are desperate!
Your Credit or Finances, or both, will not allow you to go the conventional route:
You need the Seller to help you out!

The Seller will know it, and you are going to pay dearly for this service:
There aren't too many altruistic Sellers out there.

There is no FORM printed by anyone; there are just too many variables.
The terms that can be written into a Lease/Option can be dangerous to you:
How long is the Option period?
How much money are you putting in to the Option?
What happens if you are not able to execute the Option?
How do you know what your financial situation will be 2-5 years from now?
How much is the rent in the meantime?
Who will be responsible for maintenance and repair in the meantime?
What will be the Market Value of the home in 2-5 years?
What will be the Selling price 2-5 years from now?

This is the Ultimate Caveat Emptor!

Good luck and May God bless
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 23, 2013
Hi Anna,

Rent with an option to buy in the Bronx is extremely rare to find so your best bet is renting an entire house or just buying a property. Our office usually finds entire houses for rent in great locations like Throgs Neck, Pelham Bay, Morris Park and more! Our VIP clients have access to exclusive listings that the public doesn't know about so you'll never miss out on a good deal. Please contact me to discuss further and I'll help you. Best of luck!

PS: Our office has a homebuyer seminar coming up this Saturday from 11 am - 1 pm. Most people think buying is more difficult then what it really is and you'll be surprise. I attached the flyer on the web reference section below. You need to register....hope to see you there!

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 23, 2013
Annamaria,

There are less than a handful of these types of properties in the Bronx, that I know of that are currently on the market. It will depend on the type, Condo/Single Family/Multi Family, beds and baths that you are looking for. There is usually a bit of fees that you will have to pay. Before proceeding with any transaction, please hire your own agent and attorney.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 22, 2013
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