In today’s real estate market, sellers are frantically searching for someone—anyone!—to purchase their homes for a reasonable price, and turning up empty in the end. It is definitely a buyer’s market, which means that sellers are having to rethink their strategoes for selling their homes.

One of the alternatives to keeping the house on the market is a lease-purchase option, which can be a life-saver for many sellers.


A lease-purchase option is an agreement that resides somewhere between a mortgage and a lease. As the seller, you will essentially be the landlord for the buyer, but the money he or she pays in rent will also be put toward the sale purchase of the home. This gives you a monthly income from rent, and also puts you one step closer to selling the house.


It isn’t a good idea to pursue a lease-purchase option if you need the cash from the sale of your home to buy a new one. Although you might be able to receive a modest down-payment before the lease terms begin, it won’t be sufficient to finance a new place to live. Instead, lease-purchase options are perfect for sellers who already have a new home or have sufficient financial resources to buy one without selling the old.


The most dangerous aspect of a lease-purchase option is the fact that most buyers who request this arrangement are unable to secure a traditional mortgage on their own. They might have defaulted on a mortgage in the past or perhaps they have blemished credit; whatever the case, you have to be careful about offering a lease-purchase option.


The major benefit of a lease-purchase option is that sellers usually make more from the sale of their home in this agreement.