Rent to Own or Lease

Updated on October 21, 2010
R.B. asks from Irving, TX
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ok my least is coming up in a couple of months and I'm interested in a home I can owner finance or rent to own in Irving TX. I'm currently working on my credit and have made some progress but theres still the debt to ratio issue cause I can't prove my husband income....I'm tired of throwing money away renting so if anyone knows of anything please let me know.

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ok so just going off by most of the answers on here it does not seem like a good idea...I'm going to see about owner financing or just wait a bit longer. Thanks everyone.

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answers from Dallas on

I tried to rent to own twice and both times I was tricked. The first was through an owner, and just like a previous answer the owner didn't pay the mortgage and the house was foreclosed on while we were living there NIGHTMARE! The next we tried going to what we thought was a reputable leasing company and we paid almost $3000 in deposits and placed in a home the owner never agreed to lease to own. Another NIGHTMARE! I have being researching trying to see if I can sue to get some of our money back and no help with that. I have heard that the state of Texas is looking at outlawing the practice all together, or trying to put serious restrictions on it. I would say do lots of research but I thought I did as well and was still taken advantage of, I would say dont do it at all.



answers from Phoenix on


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answers from New York on

I would be very cautious of a rent-to-own situation. If you choose this route make sure you have an excellent attorney and you understand everything in your contract, there are a lot of risks involved.

Owner financing is a good way to go, if you can find someone willing to do it.

Your best bet is to continuing renting, find something that is month to month or only for 6 months. This way you can continue to work on your credit and continue saving for that down payment.

Good luck.



answers from Dallas on

We started out with a "rent to own" before we bought our home. Please be careful. A friend of mine that is a lawyer almost had a heart attack that he was not able to look over the paperwork first. Apparently, (and I have recently seen this on the news), you move in and pay the owner, thinking that your payments are going toward "owning" the property. The owner is so far behind on their mortgage for the home, that the home goes up for foreclosure and you are stuck with a lock on your front door, no place to live and your money was only helping out someone else who was not paying the mortgage payments. Make sure you check things out first. Good luck!!!


answers from St. Louis on


I would really do your research on rent to own before making that your choice. I have never heard anything good about it. A neighbor was doing rent to own and missed one payment. He had to move and gained no equity for the 11 months he was on time with his payments.

Renting is not a bad option so long as you realize it isn't forever. Renting is better than renting to own, in my opinion. You can find lots of good info if you just google "opinions on rent to own"

Good luck to you!



answers from Longview on

I just sold my $300K home rent-to-own. Since the market is so slow & I needed to sell NOW it was the best way for me to go. I am totally honest & depend on God to take care of me - I'm also a widow. Its only been two months so I will see how it progresses. I didn't ask for a down-payment so my buyer is very blessed.
Now I am looking for a rent to own house to purchase in the East Texas area. Anyone have one - but only in the $130K or less price range?



answers from Boise on

Be careful with the rent to own. I had a neighbor that tried that, but the actual owners never gave the money to the mortgage and the house was foreclosed on.



answers from Dallas on

Years and years ago, I checked out a townhouse owner who wanted to "Rent to Own" his place. Through asking him several questions, I found that he had done this several times before on that one place. He charged them far, far more for the payments than he has to pay, gets a downpayment, and boots out the people if they are a few days late. He has no guilt over this and the people don't have much to fight it with. I think he hopes that he gets to do this and laughs all the way to the bank. Don't do it.

Also, whenever you do buy, remember that the value of your home will go up or down or stay stagnent based on your location. My limited knowledge of Irving is that it has many improvements it needs and has yet to get. You may throw your money away even if you own if you buy in the wrong area, city, etc. As always, get a mentor, do your homework.

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