Rent to Own Contracts

The provisions are accepted by both the vendor as well as yourself. Once you've located a Rent-To-Own residence to buy, the arrangements must be drafted accordingly. As every property purchase differs, there's no "one size-suits-all" template. It is necessary that you, as the buyer, work with an attorney or seasoned realtor who is competent to help.

The Lease-Option Deal

A lease-option deal has three vital components which are as follows:

  1. Lease Understanding
  2. Option Understanding
  3. Sales Agreement.

Each of these will cover some of what comprises the totality of a Rent-To-Own purchase.

Lease Deal

A lease deal covers all facets of the time at which you'll be leasing the home. You may discover this is comparable to any typical rental or leasing arrangement. This component covers items such as duration of lease, penalties if lease payments are late, etc.

It's crucial the lease arrangement contain details regarding the current mortgage to the home, a summary of the vendor's necessary continuous repayments and advice concerning the home insurance.

Do note that the seller of the home is still in charge of making the mandatory principal, insurance and tax repayments to the property. We highly encourage you to include this within the Lease Deal. If the home was to go into foreclosure, the purchaser (you) would be left with small-to-nothing, when the vendor ends up lacking a payment.

Option Understanding

The option understanding involves the acquisition of the home by the tenant-purchaser at the conclusion of the rental period. Usually, the sale cost of your home isn't mentioned in this deal but many other vital points are contained. These may include but are not limited to:

  • Cost of the Alternative Fee - typically 1-3% of the asking price of the house
  • Explanation of the Alternative Credits
  • How and when the Alternative Fee was compensated
  • Alternative Fee Refund

Sales Agreement

The sales agreement includes all detailed information for the particular sale of the home. This would include the cost, the deadline for the deal to happen, etc. A realtor should be able to help draft up this portion of the agreement.

In addition, just as with any home purchase, don't forget to contain details involving title evaluations and inspections. It is important to clear-up any possible conditions before a contract is signed.

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