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i am looking for something that is rent to own but i am working with a very low income what should i

  • June 01 2013 - Apopka
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Rent to own is something that is often misunderstood by people who dream of buying but aren't ready to buy.  It can be an opportunity to lose a lot of money.

While the theoretical concept of rent with the option to buy may seem attractive, some of the realities are considerably less so.

Owners who will consider rent to own are very rare, so it will cut down your options for properties considerably.   I consider it much smarter to spend a year or two working on improving your credit and (if necessary) saving up a good down payment.   Yeah, it is tough to move but it even tougher to lose a lot of money attempting to buy.

Some features of rent to own:

1.  Down payment required - often substantial (say 10% or even 20%) and is non-refundable if the potential buyer doesn't purchase.

2.  Monthly rental is above fair market rent, with the only amount going to purchase is the amount above the fair market rent.  This is also not refundable.

3.  If not qualified for financing at the agreed upon  time and price, then you lose everything. 

4.  The price is agreed upon at the beginning of the contract, and who knows where house prices are going.

5.  You still depend on the owner to pay their mortgage.   If they fail, you lose.

If you do get involved in this, please involve an attorney in the contract.



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you should get your income up higher, save a downpayment, fix your credit and buy the normal way. 

basically, you are delusional, and at best will waste your time. At worst, someone will scam you out of what little money you have. 
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