Rent to Own In Denver Real Estate Market Is A Win-Win

rent to own in Denver

Rent to own in Denver is a perfect solution in a soft real estate market for someone wanting to buy a house.

A Typical Rent to Own Scenario

It starts with a seller who knows he wants to sell a property he is no longer living in. He also realizes the market just took a hit and he really doesn’t want to get less than what he thinks he could three to five years from now.

Said seller, we’ll call him John, says to himself, “Wouldn’t it be great if I could have someone in the house right now paying the bills and I get to lock in a 15% price increase to sell it five years from now. Then I can move in with my daughter and fish with my grandson.”

Well, John, you can. It’s called rent-to own.

Now that is the seller’s idea. But what about the buyer? Why would anyone want to gamble on paying more than a property might be worth in the future?

Enter our buyer, Sally.

She wants to buy a house. Sally is thinking, “My divorce cost so much in court fees, I’d really love to get my daughter and me into a wonderful neighborhood and not have to move a couple times. I just can’t afford a down payment right now. It would be great to find a house that lets me rent it until I can finalize a loan on my own.”

The Relationship of Need and Want

Sally meet John. This is the start of a beautiful rent to own relationship.

Both parties have a reason to not pull the trigger today. John’s is money; he wants more of it. Sally has a strong desire to buy and has enough income to pay the monthly obligation, but other components of her financial situation don’t make her an ideal candidate for a traditional home mortgage.

The Rules of Rent to Own in Denver

The beautiful thing about rent to own rules is that they are completely negotiable. There are some standard components to follow. But the dollars are not set in stone by any template.

So Sally and John meet. Sally knows that homes in the area are selling today for $250,000. She can afford $1,300 monthly rent with her job and child support but she doesn’t have even a low 3.5% for a down payment. While she can’t come up with $8,750, she can get $3,500 for an option to purchase the house.

John is actually okay with this as long as he knows the rent and expenses are paid on the house and he will get $287,500 when the sale actually happens. The rent will have a 25% purchase fee so instead of $1,300 per month and quarterly maintenance fees of $200. Sally will have to pay $1,625 every month plus and additional $800 yearly to rent with the option to own.

Sally thinks about this, realizing she will save time and money on moving twice. Her daughter will be in the school she loves and Sally expects her job will promote her in six months giving her more to save toward the eventual purchase.

Win-Win for Everyone

She is building equity before she even owns the property and gets to enjoy living there in the meantime, making it home. If for any reason during the option period, Sally feels she doesn’t want to live there, she can walk away from the deal. Of course, she can’t think of anything that would cause her to want to move away, but you never know and it’s nice to have the option.

John is happy because he knows he’ll get the property price he really wants. If the housing market booms in the next few years, growing 20 percent, he might kick himself. But this is the one gamble he takes. If Sally walks away from the option or can’t refinance, his expenses have been paid, he keeps the option money and sells the house.

Plus he likes Sally and her girl and hopes they have the same happiness and success that he and his family did in the home. Sometimes, it’s nice to pay it forward in a way that everyone wins.

If you need more information on the rent to own option of buying or selling,

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Ken Blevins

Ken Blevins, CEO of Metrowest Real Estate Services, is a veteran in mortgage and default servicing with more than 24 years of experience in collections, foreclosure/bankruptcy, loss mitigation and real estate disposition (REO). Blevins was an original co-founder of Metrowest in 2003, a Real Estate Brokerage and Services Company focused on the resale, recovery and liquidation of distressed real estate in Denver, Colorado and surrounding metros. Blevins assumed the role of CEO in January 2014 and provides strategic direction and has management accountability for the day-to-day operations. Under his direction, Blevins drives all default management operations to maximize asset value recovery and reduce loss severity through a strategy focused on customer service and state of the art technology. Blevins has 18 years of direct operational experience in all facets of REO Asset Management having managed large national REO Disposition contracts for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Wells Fargo, JP Morgan Chase, CitiFinancial, GMAC Mortgage and other various financial institutions. Blevins specialties include REO asset management, real estate investment, bulk REO acquisitions and distressed asset recovery and liquidation, and he has directed the resolution and liquidation of over ten billion in institutionally-owned residential real estate.

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