They are out there and while I am not in WNC I use to live in Hickory and at one time Asheville. You need to decide on an area and let a local realtor find them for you. I just placed a client in a lease/purchase in new construction. It takes some digging sometimes and actually alot of emails. Your agent should start looking at the homes you are interested in that have been on the market for some time. Ask the listing agents to inquire of the sellers. Now you will have to have a decent payment for the option money and also have a reasonable time frame of when you will be able to finance and buy the home. You should negotiate that a percentage of your lease payment go towards your purchase price also. So chose an area whether it be Morganton, Asheville or Hickory. Or you can look in all but, I would think you need to look at where you want to be.
Hope this helps.
In The Catawba Valley Board of REALTORS (inc Hickory area) MLS there is a space where selling clients can ask their listing agent to convey other acceptable financial possibilities especially Lease Option. So I guess my response is that you find a REALTOR that you can establish a good working relationship with. Someone you feel sees eye to eye with your wants and needs. THEN, ask that agent to send you listings via email where that financial possibility is offered for houses with the appropriate bedroom and bath count, square footage, etc,
Good luck with your home search. Barry DeMark Walker - Coldwell Banker Boyd & Hassell, Inc. - Direct dial 828 244-9487
Can work out a lease with option to buy deal.
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I know of a beautiful older home in NW HIckory, recently remodeled and very striking, rather like a Pottery Barn look. And the yard is spectacular! It is very close to Hwy 321 and I-40. Rent is $750 and purchase price is $115,000. I would buy it myself if I didn't already have a house!
I will search the Multiple Listing Service for the area I cover and send you what I find, in a separate email. Look for an email from me, Bonnie Tamrack, Keller Williams Realty (3rd largest company in North America). 828-234-8775
I am a RealtorÂ® in western North Carolina, and I'd be glad to help you. The main areas that I serve are Caldwell & Catawba Counties, and parts of Burke County [the Hickory-Morganton-Lenoir area]. If you'll email or call me at (828) 430-1936, I can see what I can find listed on the area MLS. Also, there is a local classified called the IWANNA paper [linked below] which may have what you are looking for being advertised for sale by owner.