Such sellers may make a deal with you because they would rather make something than nothing and PLEASE hire an attorney, there is just too much fraud and desperation. Most of this is about approaching this journey in an old-fashioned approach.
If it really means that much to you, it will be worth it. Also, have courage and simply ask (you can even ask your doctors or aquaintances because you never know who knows another and this is how it happens. It really does. You should NEVER pay for a list and many lists ask for too much personal information.
You should NOT have ALWAYS have to provide your e-mail or your telephone number. Too much info. You may search Craigslist, through the real estate section for sale by owner or broker, but be very discerning when doing so.
Make sure they have a telephone number, make sure they are not only showing a picture of the outside of the property, but multiple photos of the inside. Ask all your questions over the phone or e-mail. If they cannot answer it, they are dishonest. I know.
Have a list of questions and negotiate. 90% is about negotiation because there are some sellers who are at the end of their rope because buyers WILL only consider up to 250,000 (the max 300,000 but it had better have everything you are looking for). Most people are willing to make the money and you will be doing THEM the favor by eliminating the middle man. Also, place an ad in a reputable newspaper (not your personal address or home number) but list what you are looking for.
DO all of these things because you never know which may come up for you first. Also, consider if you would like to relocate to a neighboring state with lower taxes.. Make sure that the seller is not in the middle of foreclosing (Google "Blockshopper" and the address. Please). Ask folks that you would not normally ask. I am telling you, this works.
Even contact your local state's office for a legitamate list because they may refer you to a free list or to those who are about to lose their home BUT you may be their last hope. Please organize your options and do it all. Never only stick to one place.
Also contact Silver Crown Agency--Mr. Kershner-- (they will help with rent to owns with out the snotty dishonesty just to lead you to their agency to "motivate" you to buy a house.
Ask you local shop keepers as well, they may have a friend who needs to "rent to own" their property. Be creative, but not using billboards and stuff. save the money and think like a detective. All the money should go to your purchase and not a list. Anything other than that is fraud.
Blessings to You and I know that you will find something, maybe not immediately and maybe so, but beware of the dictorial types. You should have a right to have a pet with out paying 300-600.00 for pet fees, there is something unethical about that.
It is excessive and they will give you a 1000 reasons of paranoid viewpoints just to get that extra money. They'd have to clean the place anyway with a steam cleaner and paint and yet they accuse your pets of being a wild orangatang when they have pets of their own who aren't even trained.
Some ask for "pet interviews" another wanted to leave the pets alone for an hour to see if they would bark. It's insulting.
Dogs are cleaner than kitty litter boxes for example. Anyone asking that much for pet fees or telling you whether you can do this or that, stay far away from.
Seller/owner should only worry about if you can pay the rent and if you are not a criminal, anything more is trying to power play your life.
NOT all Sellers/Owners are dishonest they know who they are (but MOST are greedy and not up front.. they sound like the nicest people ever, but they are just shamelessly unethical and overly judgemental as they need the same criminal back ground checks that thay demand from you and 8 in a row for 3 different friends of mine should tell you to use utmost caution).