Are you working with an agent? We are able to go through our Multiple Listing Service and call on homes that have been on the market for a long time to see if the owners are willing to rent.
Yes, there are many options out there. Some of our markets are seeing such a decrease in inventory that many sellers are choosing not to rent. Call a local agent to help you find what you are looking for.
There are options to lease with the option to buy. It is called a Lease Purchase. Over a set amount of time while paying rent, your rent money will be credited when you purchase the home.