Every seller has varying circumstances. Determining whether a seller is interested in a lease option would need to be explored on a case by case basis. One thing that we know about the triangle market is that inventory levels decreased by 11% in December and overall levels in Wake County are at 6 months. As showings have picked up, sellers are feeling a little more optimistic and may want to stick with trying to sell their home.
With that said, I would also recommend that you explore all options. Why is it a good time to buy right now? Interest rates and home prices are at an all time low. Mortgage rates have a huge impact on the affordability and monthly payment of your home. In addition, you can qualify for a tax credit of $8000 if you buy by December 1, 2009. Finally, inventory levels suggest that it's a buyers market which means that with the right tools, you can negotiate a great deal. It might be less costly in the long run to purchase rather than lease to buy.
I'd be happy to discuss all options with you. If I can be of assistance to you, please don't hesitate to call me at 919-740-2451.