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Condominiums,HOAs,Rent-to-Own Homes

The Funny Thing About Condo HOAs and Rent-to-Own Agreements

14 May , 2015  

The funny thing about HOAs (Homeowner Associations) is that they legally can choose to work with — or not work with — the ‘tenant’ in question. You’re all throwing your arms up in disgust, thinking that it’s unfair given the fact that tenants may have rent-to-own agreements with condo owners, for instance, right? Of course the HOA should work with you! Of course you can represent your landlord in this case. You’re going to own the condo anyway, correct?

It’s Not That Simple Given Such Rent-to-Own Agreements Are Only With the Owners — Not the HOAsrent to own condos

That, therefore, means the HOAs can choose not to even work with those tenants possessing rent-to-own agreements. By law, they would have to work with the actual condo owners themselves. You, as a tenant-soon-to-be-homeowner can’t represent that condo owner, not even a little bit.

The fact is even if your landlord asks or expects that you interface with an HOA, the HOA can still turn the cheek and say NO…. “I need to speak to the owner.” You literally can’t do anything about it until that property’s legally yours. At that current moment, you’re nothing more than an occupier, paying rent.

Some Exceptions Could Be Made, of Course

As with all contractual law, though, it can be something stipulated and allowed by an HOA in regards to rent-to-own agreements. But you need to be well aware of that in writing. If it’s not in writing, don’t expect to get anywhere with representing your landlord for the HOA regarding anything about the property. You’d have to contact the condo owner specifically instead.

Knowledge Is Power, Right?

Most definitely. And in the real estate industry, everyone has a role — whether you’re a tenant, buyer, owner, seller, agent, broker or whoever. Heck, even the plumber has a role! You simply have to remember that while you’re renting, you’re a tenant. When you’re finished with all rent payments for that period, you’ll be something more…. Any other questions about rent-to-own? Feel free to peruse the site even more!

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Land Contracts,Rent-to-Own Homes

Knowing the Difference Between Rent-to-Own and “Land Contract”

14 May , 2015  

Brace yourself: this is going to be difficult. As with anything in the real estate industry, you end up thinking you need either a real estate attorney or maybe Superman to wrap his brain around the concept of knowing the difference — between a rent-to-own and a land contract. Not even a kryptonian could honestly figure that one out (which is why you have our rent-to-own consultants helping you out with this one!).

What Is a “Land Contract” Anyway?

Get interested when a potential seller even mentions this term. It’s an intriguing way for a seller to rent to own Supermanbasically sell the home without giving up the title, basically. You, as the buyer, can purchase the home through contract and essentially pay “rent” (for lack of a better term), and when you’ve paid the entire purchase price for the home, the title to the property’s all yours.

In a way, it’s like leasing a car. You get to drive it. You get to maintain it. You get to go on a road trip clear across the country if you want. But you never get to own it — and that means you can’t sell it or perhaps even upgrade it — until you finish paying it all off. Certain advantages and slight disadvantages there, obviously. You can see why you might want to ask this along with other inquiries about rent-to-own.

Now a Rent-to-Own Is Slightly Different

The only way I can differentiate on this is that it’s largely dependent on an agreement typically made by the home seller. An offering for a land contract focuses mainly on the entire selling price — whereas a rent-to-own keeps it as a tenant-landlord deal for a specific period of time with an extra portion of each monthly rent going toward a down payment for ownership of the house.

It’s convenient. It’s flexible. And that’s the key. A land contract seals you in for the deal, for the long haul. You can’t back out of it without some form of penalty, because you agreed to basically own the house later on. But a rent-to-own simply offers the option — if you want it (which most of the time you would, provided you negotiate the best of terms for both parties).

You Can See the Striking Similarity

Like looking into a mirror or something. But don’t be fooled. A land contract is so different from a rent-to-own that it’s scary. Just be well-informed. Because while you might want to just stick with a full lease on a house and make those payments as if its a mortgage, know that you don’t have a lot of wiggle room….

But a rent-to-own? That’s a whole different story and superhero altogether.

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Rent-to-Own Homes

Watching Your P’s and Q’s as a Rent-to-Own Occupant

14 May , 2015  

The interesting thing about rent-to-own properties is how private and flexible they really are. There’s no specific basis for them, especially from a real estate broker standpoint. In fact, brokers and agents for the most part wouldn’t care too much about rent-to-owns, because there’s not that much in it for them. Typically, rent-to-owns are all about two parties, and that’s it: the rent-to-own occupant, and the owner. Because of that, there’s a lot of room for negotiation, but do be cautious.

Remember: as a Rent-to-Own Occupant, You’re Still Not Sharing Ownership of the Propertyrent to own checklist

You might even be completely solid on the fact that you will buy the property when the time comes. Even the contract will have an agreed-upon price and down payment after a set number of rent payments have been made. The landlord may know, without a shadow of a doubt, that you’re going to buy the property when the time comes. But you’re still a rent-to-own occupant. A tenant. And that means you don’t have the right to make decisions regarding the property without the owner’s approval.

So when asking the question — out of many questions to ask about rent-to-own — “can I just sell the house to somebody else and pay you the difference?”, know that you’re playing with legal fire in a big way, and you’re going to get burned.

Case in point: you don’t own the house, yet. You, therefore, can’t sell the real estate to anybody else.

One thing to know about your P’s and Q’s, though, is that your contract might allow you to rent out the property. You might even be allowed to hand over the rent-to-own agreement to somebody else, making that other person the rent-to-own occupant. It has to be in writing on the contract, though — or legally the landlord (owner) can simply say “no.”

Lots of P’s and Q’s to Worry About?

We can help, as we’re your rent-to-own consultants. You may be a rent-to-own occupant anytime soon, because you’re interested in the prospect. Just know that you have no P’s and Q’s running off; we’re constantly vigilant for you.

Check them out at RTO Reviews for more info about what they can do for you right now.

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Rent-to-Own Homes

5 Most Common Questions to Ask About Rent-to-Own

14 May , 2015  

People talk a lot about rent-to-own homes like it’s the new innovation in the candy business. After all, when the Snickers bar first came out, everyone was in a rush about the novelty and ingenuity of merging chocolate and nuts together, so the rage made waves, for sure! Rent-to-own is like that — it’s candy. It’s yummy. But if you’re not careful or haphazard about rushing into an agreement without asking the correct questions, you could get yourself into a lot of hot water (or wrappers all over your floor, plus a few toothaches).

Did I Mention “Questions”? Yes. Ask Them When Considering a Rent-to-Ownrent to own Snickers rent-to-own

The thing is not every seller/owner out there will say flat-out what the deal is. To them, they’re thinking they just need a tenant. But what about rent-to-own? I can imagine many sellers/owners would blink at the idea, so it is important to ask about it and know what you’re getting into.

There’s a lot of negotiation that comes into play with a rent-to-own, so it’s no surprise that questions get asked on a regular basis. The thing to remember is this: what are the right questions to ask? Clearly you have an advantage with all the rent-to-own reviews available in the market right now.

Only With the Right Consultant Can You Succeed

It’s imperative that you know that not everyone is in the know — especially sellers/owners. Most don’t know what the heck is going on, especially when they’re dabbling in the prospect of a rent-to-own. Our rent-to-own consultants can educate them. We can educate you. And we can make sure that rent-to-own works out well for both.

Check them out at RTO Reviews for more info about what they can do for you right now.

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Rent-to-Own Homes

One Reason Why Rent-to-Own Deals Don’t Get Done Right: Unfair Stipulations

13 May , 2015  

This just happens to be a matter of fact: rent-to-own deals typically favor the seller. For obvious reasons. Why a seller would even option at a rent-to-own vs. a typical FSBO is obvious. Perhaps the market’s stale, and the seller’s not getting much of a bite on the fair market value and price. So what does the seller do? Opt for a much higher payout later on while the buyer pays rent for a certain period of time. You can see the benefit here.rent to own bear trap

Sadly, the Buyer’s Left Behind in the Dust With a Little Unfair Stipulation

This is generally the case for a lot of situations involving rent-to-own deals — and, no, an attorney can’t always handle the issue, believe it or not. Just another reason why you might want to consider our rent-to-own consultants, as we sidestep all the legal documentation, plus the licensing necessary from state to state (because you do know that a lawyer working in Indiana can’t represent you in California, for example). And we can just help you straight out: the negotiation, the scheduling, the deal.

In the end it’s all about education. We’re guiding all potential home buyers through the steps of rent-to-own deals, ensuring they don’t get their foot stuck in that same ol’ bear trap many sellers unknowingly place just for their own benefit. It’s no joke. There was one instance with an LTO contract that stipulated a buyer’s requirement to make rent payments on time, which is all good…. Until the contract also stipulated that any rent payment late beyond five minutes would renter the contract null and void, leaving the buyer high and dry with no option to buy after all that time and effort in making rent. Gee, thanks.

Those Kinds of Rent-to-Own Deals Stink!

Steer clear of contracts stating that, for sure. But just in case you’re not one to have to read a ton of documents and have your head spinning left and right, always contact us as your consultants to get things squared away.

Because, without a doubt, you deserve to own that home. You’re the one pouring all that money into it!

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