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Why Rent-To-Own is Good for the Buyer

Sep 9, 2008
There are many sellers in the real estate market at the moment but this can cause problems when it comes to attracting buyers. Some sellers can wait weeks or even months before they get a call from an interested buyer. Many sellers do not sell their property for many months, sometimes more than a year, after placing it up for sale.

There are several factors that make it difficult to find buyers for a home. The main one is of course cost. Real estate is increasingly eating up more and more of the average income. Due to the current economic climate it is nearly impossible to get a home loan if you do not have a perfect credit history and this is another factor contributing to fewer buyers in the market.

Rent to own policies can cater to people with a bad credit history, as well as those with a good credit history. Rent to own lets the interested buyer lease a house for some time before he must finalize the sale of the property. It is an excellent way to assess whether the property is truly the right one for the buyer.

A rent to own contract will usually require a down payment plus a regular monthly rent payment for the period of the lease. When the lease contract is up, the renter can choose to buy the house or leave. Contracts can range from one to three years but buyer and seller can negotiate the lease period.

One advantage of a rent to own policy is that it effectively gives the buyer control of the property as the owner is not allowed to sell the property to someone else without the renter's permission. The buyer will also have several extra years to save money for the purchase.

There is no obligation on the part of the buyer as he does not have to purchase the house at the end of the lease period. If this occurs, the house owner receives all the rent money plus the option money.

If the buyer does exercise his or her right to purchase the property, the original option money they put down is applied toward the purchase price of the house, so it really is like a down payment. Also, many rent-to-own deals will assign a portion of the monthly rent toward the down payment on the house, so that when the buyer decides to purchase the house they'll not only have the original option payment they put down, but also a substantial amount from the portion of the monthly rent they've been paying for the duration of the lease.

Rent to own is an ideal way to ease into the property market if you do not have the money to purchase right away. You should employ the services of a solicitor with property experience to look over the rent to buy contract in order to ascertain that you will not be left out of pocket or disadvantaged in any way.
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