Looking for a rent to own or land contract home in louisville, ky.

Asked by Ravenlyn6996, Louisville, KY Thu Mar 28, 2013

We've rented an apartment for 3 years and we have decided we want a house. Needs to be over 1000 square feet and a fenced yard. Would really like a sunroom as well.

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Terry Farnsw…, Agent, Lisle, IL
Thu Mar 28, 2013
Rent to own has a high potential to turn into a giant mess - and it laden with pitfalls for the buyer. There is unfortunately no easy way to purchase a home without good credit and sufficient income - although everyone is looking for one. "Rent to own" is not what it sounds like - you basically "rent to save up a sizable down payment" - then still have to qualify for the financing at a later date.

If you go the "rent to own" route" - you'll typically have to pay a large sum of money in the form of an option upfront to get things started. Plan on $3000-$5000. Next, you'll agree to a price, without knowing where the market is going to be when it's time to exercise the option to purchase. You'll still have to qualify for a loan at that time, without knowing what your credit situation will be. Additionally, you are typically responsible for all repairs and maintenance of the property throughout the lease - since you are technically buying the property when it expires. Throughout the lease, you'll get a small portion of your monthly rent credited towards your down payment.

If you pay the rent late, can't qualify for the financing when it's time to, decide the house no longer fits your needs, or decide to ultimately back out of the deal a year later due to circumstances that you couldn't have planned for - you lose everything (your initial deposit, and all credits paid over the life of the lease).

I have talked with lots of people who are somehow under the impression that "rent to own" simply means that you pay the monthly rent until you own the property - without having to qualify for anything, or use a lender. Nothing could be further from the truth.

While there is no shortage of agents who will be happy to sell you one - my advice is to focus your time, money, and energy into repairing your credit or finances, and purchase a home using traditional means.
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Tim Moore, Agent, Kitty Hawk, NC
Thu Mar 28, 2013
Avoid rent to lose, they are almost always a bad deal for a renter. You WILL have to get a loan and if you can't now why do you think you can in a year? Just rent and buy when you actually really can.

Save your money
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Neil Blumberg, Agent, Louisville, KY
Thu Mar 28, 2013
I have a group of 10 and a group of 27 off market lease option homes which are becoming available at different times in the next 12 months. Please contact me at 502-254-9600 to see if there is a fit.
Web Reference:  http://metro1realty.com
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