This type of real estate deal entails an agreement to rent a property with the option to purchase it at a predetermined date and price. Under some structures a portion of the rent paid during the lease period can be applied to the purchase price. Also, during the lease period, the purchaser/lessee can use that time to save for a larger down payment or fix personal credit issues. As a third incentive, the purchaser/lessee can move into the property, get to know it thoroughly, get to know the neighborhood, and either complete the purchase or walk away from it, if the property turns out to not be suitable for him. For the seller, the rent to own option adds value to the sale of the property and broadens the market for potential buyers.
Things to consider when structuring a Rent to Own agreement:
The Rent to Own agreement has many benefits for a real estate purchaser. If structured correctly it locks in today’s price for a future date. It allows the purchaser/lessee the opportunity to live in the property and get to know it and the surrounding neighborhood before actually taking title. This lease period also gives the purchaser time to improve their credit or save additional funds that can be applied toward the purchase price.