Buyers FAQ – Rent to Own Process in Maryland

Frequently Asked Questions

General questions about our company, service, and properties we offer on this website:

  • What does Rent to Own actually mean?
  • What is the Rent to Own process?
  • Do appliances or furniture come with a rent-to-own home?
  • What if I have bad credit? Can I still get a rent-to-own home?
  • Is there a down payment on a rent to own home?
  • What are the benefits of a rent to own home?
  • What are the requirements of a rent to own arrangement?

What does Rent to Own actually mean?

In most cases, a rent to own agreement is a contract on a property that works like a lease and leads to a purchase. It’s often called a lease with an option – or a lease/option agreement for short.

The lease portion is a standard rental agreement that includes monthly rent, security deposit, and other typical terms.

The lease option agreement gives you the right to purchase the property after a set time period – usually within 12-24 months. This gives you the ability to save money towards a down payment, repair credit, increase your income, or otherwise improve your ability to qualify for a mortgage.

Most of the time people use a traditional mortgage loan to purchase the property prior to the expiration of the option period, but there are other options if your financial situation has unique needs.

We help lots of folks like you to purchase the home of their dreams.

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What is the Rent to Own process?

The rent to own process is actually pretty simple.

Once you’ve seen one of our fantastic properties, we’ll give you an application to fill out. Don’t worry – we help people with all kinds of credit and financial situations, and if you can afford the property, we can probably help you to own it.

After you’re approved to rent the property, just sign the lease, pay your security deposit and rent – then move on in!

Your lease/option agreement (also known as the rent to own contract) will spell out the length of time that you have to complete the purchase of the property – typically 2 years, but in certain circumstances, we may extend your option if you need more time.

The purchase of your home usually takes place through a traditional mortgage loan, but there are other ways to complete the purchase, depending on your finances.

That’s the process!

Once you’ve completed your mortgage, you’re done – now you own your home!

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Do appliances or furniture come with a Rent-to-Own home?

Most of the time, furniture isn’t included with a lease/option purchase.

Generally, the basic appliances are there – like a refrigerator, stove, oven, and sometimes extras, like a dishwasher, a washer, and a dryer. Parts of a property that are installed or attached – like the heating system and air conditioning – are definitely included.

Sometimes, we’ll offer a property that includes some furnishings. Most buyers want to bring their own stuff with them from their previous home, and that’s why furniture is sold separately.

There are many companies out there that provide a rent-to-own service for furniture or extra appliances, and you’ll get lots of choices on styles and types.

But be careful!

Even though rent-to-own real estate can be a great deal, some (not-so-honest) furniture companies will charge you huge amounts for a rent-to-own agreement. You might end up paying 2-3x more for these products than if you bought them outright.

Plus, those appliances will probably go down in value – unlike real estate, which usually goes up in value.

Of course, you want your money to be going to an asset (like your home) that will rise in value, not expensive interest payments on new furniture.

So don’t wait! Fill out the form at the bottom of this page to get started now.

What if I have bad credit? Can I still get a Rent-to-Own home?

Yes, you can! Many people with bad credit can still get a rent-to-own home.

Every situation is different, but we specialize in helping people who have been through tough circumstances (or just made mistakes in the past) to repair their credit and get started on the path to a great financial future.

Even if your credit is bad, you can still own a property!

One of the major benefits of a rent-to-own scenario is that it gives you time to repair your credit before you purchase your home. You’ll enjoy many of the benefits of home ownership while you’re rebuilding your credit and saving money towards a down payment.

So fill out the form at the bottom of this page now and get your piece of the American dream!

What are the benefits of a Rent to Own home?

There are a lot of benefits of a rent to own agreement!

In Maryland, lots of smart people are using rent-to-own agreements as a way to get the home of their dreams without having to qualify for a bank loan right away.

In the past few years, banks have been very tight on their lending criteria. Most people who use a rent to own agreement want a few years to get ready to qualify.

Here are a few more reasons to use a rent-to-own agreement:

  • Try before you buy! You get to live in your rented home before you actually purchase it, allowing you to make sure it’s actually your dream home. If you don’t like the house, you don’t have to complete the purchase.
  • Purchase Price Is Agreed Upon and Locked In Before You Buy!  You can start feeling like a homeowner right away while saving up and improving your credit. The property continues to build equity while you are living in it. The equity is yours when you exercise your option!
  • Home Warranty is offered to cover most repairs such as A/C, water heater, appliances etc. You pay a small deductible to cover repairs if needed during the lease term and can be used after you exercise the option to purchase.
  • Rent Credit, part of your rent payment every month is credited to the purchase price, which can also be used towards closing costs.
  • Option to purchase fee is fully credited to the cost of the house
  • Privacy. You’re not listed as the purchaser on any public records until the closing takes place, giving you years of privacy.
  • Move in fast. Since you don’t have to wait for a mortgage, you can often move in right away – and get started living a new life in the home of your dreams!

So don’t wait! Get started now by filling out the form at the bottom of this page.

Is there a down payment on a Rent to Own home?

Not right away!

You don’t have to have a down payment until your purchase is complete (within 12-24 months). However, there is usually an amount due upon move-in and execution of the option to purchase agreement.

Just like any other lease agreement in Maryland, there may be a security deposit and an application fee in addition to the option to purchase fee upon move-in. Of course, you’ll have to pay rent each month.

We can help you to structure the perfect scenario to meet your needs. We’ll show you the rent-to-own calculators and formulas that we use when we prepare your agreement, and help you figure out what’s best for you.

So don’t wait! Get started now by filling out the form at the bottom of this page.

What are the requirements of a Rent to Own arrangement?

We know that every person, family, and situation is different.

We do our best to help you uncover creative solutions to help you own the home of your dreams.

Once you’ve had a chance to check out the house, you’ll fill out a rental application that will include detailed information on everyone living in the home.

What documents are required during application process?

For traditional employment (hourly/salaried/commissioned), we verify your identification (ID/Driver’s License) for every adult and income by reviewing your most recent tax return or W2, 2 most recent pay stubs, 2 most recent bank statements. For self employment or contract employment, we verify your income by reviewing your most recent tax return (1040 or 1099), and 2 most recent business bank statements. We’ll conduct a credit check and verify the income(s) for everyone over 18 who is living in your household to confirm that you’ll be able to make your monthly payment.

People with low credit, no credit, limited cash available, and other financial situations have all been able to lease then purchase their perfect piece of real estate.

We’ll speak with your references and previous landlords because relationships matter to us more than just scores assigned by a computer.

We love helping great folks to reach their dreams, so don’t be afraid – fill out the form below to get started! The main qualifications are based on the purchase price of the home.

We typically look for:

  • Minimum 580 FICO Score
  • Minimum annual household income of $45,000
  • Currently paying minimum of $1,500/month rent
  • Stable employment and/or self employment Equivalent of option fee & first month’s rent in savings (minimum of $5,000 but this increases based on price of home) No evictions/late rent payments, bankruptcies, car repossessions, reoccurring overdrafts, and foreclosures in the past year
  • Student Loans should be in good standing (not in default)

Is it a good idea to pay an option to purchase fee for a Rent to Own home?

It is not a good idea IF you aren’t serious about purchasing the home by the end of the lease term (12-18 months). The option to purchase fee is NON-REFUNDABLE and can only be applied to the purchase price and/or closing costs at settlement when you buy the home! If you don’t plan on paying rent on time, working on your credit, and working with a lender to BUY the home, our Rent to Own Program is NOT for you!

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