Rent-to-buy is hard to find. I would ask you why you would want to pay an extra option fee each month to the landlord if you don't expect to buy for a year or more? In case you do not know, rent-to-buy properties have an extra fee called the option fee added to the regular rent. If, for example, the rent is $1000/mo the owner might add an extra $200 each month to be used for your down payment in a year when you buy the house. The theory is that you would have $2400 of option money to use towards the purchase. The problem is that if you don't buy it you loose that option money - it's gone. Rent-to-buys can work but the vast majority (about 85% or more) don't work out and the renter looses the option money. Some owners do this over and over and get the extra money each time.
My suggestions is find a rental you like, save the extra money each month is a separate account and don't use it or spend it. Then buy a house when you are ready and you will be able to find the house you want rather than just one will to offer the rent-to-buy option which will greatly reduce the number of homes to look at.
President - Lamb Realty Inc
Kitty Hawk, NC