The How Rent-to-Own-Homes work.


How do rent-to-own homes work?

Are you looking to buy a home but don’t yet have a down payment? Worse than that, do you not ever seeing yourself having enough money at one time to provide for a down payment on a home? Or, maybe even worse than that, have you found the home, paid for it and moved in, but have yet to sell your former home? All of these situations are just a few of the obstacles that make buying and selling a home so tough. And that’s not even taking into consideration the current real estate market. A rent-to-own-home may be a good alternative for all of these situations and more. But before you jump into any rent-to-own contract, be sure that you fully understand how it works and just what the exact advantages and disadvantages will be.

If you’ve ever leased a car, you probably already have a pretty good idea of how rent-to-own homes work, as the process is very similar. Every month, the renter will pay the landlord monthly rent, just as regular lease would work. However, a portion of this rent is set aside as a down payment and after a defined period of time, usually three years, the renter will have the option of purchasing the house. It’s a good deal for the renter because they are putting money towards something, instead of just throwing rent money away every month. It also works well for the seller of the home. They have someone who will pay the mortgage for the home during the time that they rent it, and the chances are good that after that time, they will have a buyer for their house. But it still becomes a bit more complicated than that.

There are many things that both the renters and the sellers will need to do before one can move in and start paying rent and down payments. First, the seller must decide what selling price they want for the home, as well as what they want to charge for rent for the home. Once the selling price is decided on, that price is locked in until the end of the agreement. This means that even if there is a drastic change in the real estate market at the end of the defined period of time, the home will still sell for whatever is stated in the rent-to-own contract.

Renters will also need to understand what they will be paying. Firstly, there is an option fee. The option fee is paid to the seller and, if after the contract period is up, the renter wants to buy the house, this option fee will be added to the down payment. If the renter does not want to buy the home after this time, the seller keeps any money that has been paid as part of the option fee. Rent premiums are the monthly rent payment and, in a rent-to-own situation, the rents are usually a little higher than regular rent. This is because a portion of the rent premium is set aside every month and will be used as the down payment on the home should the renter choose to buy after the contract period. If at this time the renter chooses not to buy the home, the seller will keep any portion of the rent premium that was to be used as a down payment.

Renting-to-own can be very beneficial to those who are renting the home. The rental period will give them time to accumulate enough money for a down payment and it will also give them time to fix their credit history, which will be important when it comes time to buy. Another benefit renting to own has over outright buying a house is that if the buyers should find something seriously wrong with the home, they can back out of the agreement at any time. And if, after the contract period, they don’t want to buy the home for any reason, they are generally not obligated to buy. This gives them a trial period of sorts in their new home before making the final investment. But while these benefits may be quite obvious, there are also some disadvantages to renting-to-own a home as well.

Whether or not the renters want to buy the home after the contract period, they will still have paid the option fee, which is paid upfront and is non-refundable. The option fee is usually a percentage of the sales price, which adds up to thousands of dollars. Even though this money will be put towards the down payment on the home should the renters decide to buy, it will not be returned if they don’t. Plus, it can often be very hard to get together that large amount of cash when looking to rent a home.

Renters who are often late in paying their rent may want to rethink renting-to-own a home. This is because, in a rent-to-own contract, being even one day late in rent payment can void that entire month’s down payment portion. However, the entire rent premium will still be due. This means that you will be paying a much higher rent that month with absolutely no benefit to you. One of the main disadvantages is that when you are renting-to-own a home, should something need fixing or replacing in the home, this responsibility will fall on you. Unlike other landlord/tenant situations where the landlord is responsible for taking care of repairs and maintenance, the renter needs to ensure that the home still runs in full operating order at all times.

There are also some obvious benefits to the seller when it comes to renting-to-own a home as well. They can not only be making an income off the monthly rent but they will also be able to keep any of the premium fees as well as the option fee should the renters decide not to buy the home. Also, renting-to-own a home is a great option for sellers when the market is low. This is because they can negotiate a selling price that is fairly higher than current market value. This is because the argument can be made that the real estate market would have turned around by then and that’s what the home will be able to sell for in three years. Another benefit to renting-to-own a home is that because the renters will be looking at continuing to live in the house for a long time, they are likely to take better care of it and the property. This is different than in regular rental situations, when tenants can become very careless about the home because they know they are leaving it shortly. However, being a seller in a home rent-to-own contract can have its downsides as well.

There are actually only two disadvantages to renting a home to own. One of them is that if another buyer is interested and willing to pay more money after you have entered into the contract, you are legally bound to the contract. This means that you may not get as money as you could have from the deal. The other disadvantage is that the renters can always back out of the agreement, meaning that the house may not sell even after the rental period. Although the sellers will still have money from the option fee and the rent premiums, they will still need to find a way to sell the house. This could turn into a huge problem for sellers who cannot afford to pay two mortgages.

Renting-to-own a home can offer many solutions, especially in situations when it seems as though there are none. In order to fully experience all the benefits that renting to own has, it’s important that both the renters and the sellers fully understand and agree to the terms specified in the contract.


 How Rent-to-Own-Homes work.