Rent to Own properties are few and far between but can be found, and usually not by a Realtor, as
most Rent to Own properties are offered either by the owner (as in FSBO, with RTO possibility), or
by a Rent to Own specialist, which is usually an investor/wholesaler type of individual.
Most Realtors don't want to bother with anything other than a traditional sale, or a traditional
rental, so an RTO is too much work, with an unclear and lengthy path to any commission they may be due.
Occasionally an MLS listing will say Rent to Own is an option, but again, most Realtors you contact
to show you that property will try to steer you toward a traditional rental or sale because they are inexperienced in Rent to Own techniques.
There are some potential pitfalls to RTO, but there also are many reasons Rent to Own is a good fit
for both the buyer and the seller.
For those Realtors, sellers, and buyers who aren't as familiar and experienced with Rent to Own
transactions, the whole thing makes them uneasy, leading to many of the strong opinions voiced in
the other answers to your question.
I'm both a broker and an experienced Rent to Own specialist, and I have happily closed sales to
tenant/buyers on Rent to Own properties, a win-win for everyone involved.
I would be happy to discuss this further with you, and assist you in your search for the right Rent
to Own opportunity.
Please visit my website at http://www.MyHappyHomeSolutions.com
for more info, or call me at 630-697-4500.