Are Metro Detroit Rent-to-Own Homes a Scam?

If you’ve spent time driving around Metro Detroit Michigan or browsing Craigslist or other sites, you may have seen advertisements that read, “Own a home for $500/month. No credit check!”

While it seems too good to be true, local rent-to-own homes are a viable option that many Metro Detroit residents are taking advantage of.

But…

Are Metro Detroit Rent-to-Own Homes a Scam?

In any business there are a few hucksters who aren’t doing the right thing that give everyone else a bad name.  But renting to own / lease option homes aren’t a scam and they’re a really great way for people get on the path to home ownership if your financial situation prevents you from getting a home loan right now.  You can find hundreds of great articles online from reputable resources that back up the fact that rent to own (also called a lease option by many people) is a legitimate and great way to work your way into home ownership.

Really the rent to own process is a relatively simple concept:

  1. The buyer and seller come to an agreement on the cost of the home, the monthly rental payment, and how long the buyer will have to purchase the home.
  2. The buyer moves into the home and begins paying rent.   As this is going on, the buyer is working to rebuild his or her credit, or possibly secure financing to purchase the home using traditional means… and the buyer can feel that same sense of pride that home owners feel because they’re working toward that goal of home ownership actively.
  3. At the end of the term, the buyer has the option to buy the home at the price agreed upon in the initial agreement.

Things To Consider With Your Metro Detroit Rent To Own Home / Lease Option

While rent-to-own homes in Metro Detroit are a valid business venture, there are many things that buyers must consider.

Purchasing a home is one of the most complex financial decisions that Americans make every year, and renting to own is no different. There are several potential pitfalls:

  • Unlike traditional ownership, if a renter misses a payment, the entire contract *could* be voided. So make sure to read the fine print and ask the property owner what the default clause is. Any reputable real estate company, like Metro Detroit Home Buyer will give you this info and answer any of your questions.
  • If you decide not to purchase the home, or are unable to secure financing, any “credit” (if applicable) you may have earned will likely be lost
  • The upfront “option fee” for the rent to own agreement is usually a non-refundable fee. So be sure if you sign on the dotted line, that this home is the right one for you.
  • Unlike traditional rental agreements, in a rent-to-own situation, the renter is responsible for most repairs.

 

Some Advantages of Renting To Own A Local Metro Detroit Michigan Home

While renting to own is not without risk (and no financial decision is risk-free), there are a ton of advantages:

  • Buyers can “check out” the neighborhood before committing to a 30-year mortgage.
  • Families can move in quickly and enroll children in the local school district.
  • Buyers with credit problems will have time to get their financial situation in order.
  • The seller has a tenant who has good reason to keep the property in shape.
  • The seller will receive monthly payments, which can cover mortgage payments.
  • The seller is exposed to a larger potential market by including those without perfect credit.

All things considered, not only is renting to own a home in Metro Detroit definitely not a scam, but a legitimate option for both buyers and sellers.  If you want more information on renting to own a Metro Detroit house, the process, and our available list of local Metro Detroit rent to own houses / lease options, click the big link below.

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Timoune

About Timoune

Christian Chabi is active in the Real Estate Marketplace in Metropolitan Detroit. He buys and sells Real Estate for his own portfolio and helps others reach their Real Estate Investment goals. In a fast-paced and dynamic industry, Christian Chabi’s approach to Real Estate investing is no-nonsense, high-energy and knowledge-based. He has studied with the best investors in the game, and is a voracious reader. He applies his knowledge with a “show me the money” frame of mind insisting that knowledge must be applicable not just theoretical. In other words, he tests all the principles he teaches with actual profit (or loss) experience. Mr. Chabi is experienced in fix and flips, as well as buy and hold, scenarios. Depending on the profitability he will do either one with confidence. Core to his philosophy is his desire and willingness to work with others. His belief is that people are more valuable than any commodity. At any given time Mr. Chabi is working in some capacity on several projects (as a Real Estate Agent, Investor or Partner). He is particularly fond of helping investors get their FIRST property. He has written several books on the subject and numerous articles. He teaches new investors to define their goals, plan their strategy and implement their Real Estate Investment Program with confidence and humility. Some of Christian’s Mantra’s are: - Ask questions until you are satisfied with the answers. - If it doesn't make profit-cents, then have the sense to walk away. - Be patient. Look for deals that have your name on them. - All deals must be win-win for all involved.

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