Whether or not a seller would rent out a home depends on a few things Samantha.
First, what is the seller's motivation for selling? Are they trying to get out from beneath, relocating, trading up or down? Do they have to sell or just want to.
Second, will their financing situation allow them to rent? Can they qualify for another mortgage while holding on to the one they are renting to you? Can they get enough for rent to offset the mortgage and put a little away to make it worth while to take on the risk of renting?
Third, do they want to be a landlord and deal with repairs, possible late payments, maintenance emergencies and the costs associated with finding a qualified renter through an agent or management company?
Lastly, are you well qualified to rent someone else's largest investment?
Ultimately, the only way to find out is pick up the phone and either call the seller (FSBO), call the listing agent (who is usually well in tune to the seller's wishes) or contact an agent to do that for you. Just be aware that REALTORs don't work for free and someone will have to pay the agent's fee which varies from agent to agent.
I hope this helps answer your question. If there is anything else I can answer for you don't hesitate to give me a call or email. Inquiries are free, confidential and obligation free.
Take Care & Happy Hunting!
Jason Duval, CRS, REALTOR, ePRO
Licensed Broker NH & MA
Keller Williams Realty