A lease option basically means you are leasing or renting a property with an option to buy it at a future date. The future price of the property should be fixed at the time the lease-option is signed.
Usually there is an up-front payment of some amount to purchase the option. That amount can vary. Sometimes the monthly payment is larger than normal and the excess is used to purchase the option. In some cases, the option money can be applied toward the down payment for the later purchase of the home.
Lease-options are usually done during a slow real estate market. During a hot market, the seller can simply sell the home in the regular manner.
Benefits for sellers?
* They often get to sell the house at a higher price than they could sell it in a normal transaction.
* They can sell the house during a slow market.
* By being able to collect a larger monthly payment than they could obtain in a normal lease, the property “cash-flows” and they don’t have to come up with money out of their own pocket each month to make the mortgage payment.
* They get some up-front option money and when the buyer cannot exercise the option, they get to keep it.
Risks for buyers?
Individuals who attempt to buy homes on a lease-option rarely end up buying the home. This often has to do with the reason they try to buy on a lease-option. They usually cannot qualify for a home loan and expect that they will be able to qualify after a period of time. Later, they find they still cannot qualify – whether it is because of poor credit, lack of income (documentable income), or lack of savings to have a large enough down payment. If this happens, you lose any option money you might have paid up front or as part of your monthly payment.
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