There are a lot of lease to own houses available. My advice is to ask up front how much is expected as a "down payment" and don't be afraid to neg. with them on monthly payment and how much of that payment is going towards the purchase of the home. If you are new to the area, have you considered a short term rental to make sure you are comfortable in whatever you choose? Craigslist usually has an abundance of rentals/leases to look at. If you have any questions about particular areas, feel free to contact me. I am a real estate agent, have lived in Greensboro for over 30 years, and am very familiar with the area.