I had a couple listings last year where this actually happened - in each case, the Seller couldn't get the price they wanted/needed in the time allowed so I hooked them up with a property manager and they are now landlords. Not every seller will want to, or will be able to (if the listing is a short sale, for example) do this. Since you seem to have looked beyond the available rental pool, all I can guess is that you found a home that you like that is for sale. Contact the homeowners and ask them. If it's been on the market for awhile, they may be interested. But be aware that you still need good credit, good employment, good references, etc. to be considered a good tenant that someone would rent their home to & you can expect a 1 year lease, max. Good luck!