Cassandra is right. Be careful! I had a couple who paid several thousand dollars in advance to an online company in Florida that promised to find them a "rent to own" house here in MA. Needless to say, they never got a home. I suggested they call our Attorney General's office for help. Unfortunately, because it was an out of state company, there was nothing they could do. The company has changed its name. Please learn from their costly mistake. Never pay in advance for someone to find you a home.
There are some legitimate rent to own options from local investors or landlords. They are hard to find. Sometimes they will be listed on MLS. There is currently one listed in Athol. I can give more information on it.
You can start by joining a local investor group. Most investors that rent to own do so knowing that the tenant will probably never be able to buy the property due to credit problems or finances. Again, buyer beware. Hire an attorney to review your contract.
Barbara Van Slett