I find that particularly young people do not think about what happens at the end of the contract. Now is the time to negotiate what will happen at the end of the lease.
1. Assuming that you would like to buy at some point, try to negotiate for it to roll over to a month-to-month rental after the first (usually) 12 months.
2. If you do decide to stay longer, is there an automatic increase in rent built in or will it remain the same for another signed lease?
3. Even if you are planning to move, with a month-to-month, it gives you the opportunity to look at your leisure until you locate the new place - whether buying or renting.
4. And yes, be sure the person you're speaking with is the actual owner and that they are not about ready to be foreclosed on.