Damon Botticelli, Realtor - Las Vegas Real Estate (Silver State Realty & Investments)

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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
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Just had that happen with one of my clients.  They had a tax issue that needed several months to clear up and then they could purchase their new construction home.  The problem is that these companies buy the property, lease it for 1-6 months and then sell it for a 5% minimum upcharge.  Business-savvy?  Maybe but, what our issue was that the home didn't appraise a couple of months later at the 5% increase.  

On the flip-side, you can only imagine that re-sellers are not going to get full price for their sale to one of these companies.  The companies are going to hit them with low-ball Offers.  

So, I can't recommend them as I don't know anyone who has had a glowing experience with them!

Sep 01, 2016 06:06 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Damon,

Debe Maxwell illustrated the problem beautifully.  I would not do that!

Sep 01, 2016 08:43 AM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
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I haven't and don't know anyone who has. I would be pretty leery myself about the risk

Sep 01, 2016 08:14 AM
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Jeff Pearl
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No, and I wonder never suggest a buyer use one. Any buyer considering using one should consult an attorney.

Sep 01, 2016 07:32 AM
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Inna Ivchenko
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No, I did not use them or did any lease back. It is not popular in my hood. 

Sep 01, 2016 07:23 AM
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Lyn Sims
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Nope have no idea who they are. 

Sep 01, 2016 07:19 AM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
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Never have and never will.

Sep 01, 2016 07:07 AM
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Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
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Most of them border on illegal at least here in Pennsylvania 

Sep 01, 2016 06:33 AM
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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
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No experience with anything like this. 

Sep 01, 2016 09:27 PM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
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I have a client I sell properties to, that does this very thing. It is a numbers game and if they buy right they come out on the good side. I know they aim for a $40,000 spread from what they pay and what the selling price is on lease to own.

Sep 01, 2016 01:13 PM
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Carol Williams
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Yes, I have used them successfully for clients.  Don't ever use a company that doesn't give a 2-year lease/option, with no penalty for early closing.

Sep 01, 2016 09:50 AM
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Melissa Jackson
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I have worked with one recently.  For some clients it's a win - win.  They can lease (in TX) up to 3 years at a predetermined price to purchase. Yes, it will cost them more money, but rent is also  high.  

When the client decides to purchase they already know the price and can set themselves up.  This is good if it's the only way for them to get in a neighborhood /school area they desire.

 If they choose to move they can without ruining their credit. As long as they keep within the guidelines of lease.  

When they get ready to purchase the home if the values are down this will cause an issue for the buyer.  The need to be educated. 

I could go on.. There are good points & bad points.

Sep 02, 2016 03:31 PM
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Sep 01, 2016 11:31 PM
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Michael Jacobs
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I have not.  Debe Maxwell brings up a very good point.  

Sep 01, 2016 11:27 PM
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Jennifer Mackay
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Nope and know of no one either

Sep 01, 2016 11:21 PM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
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Damon Botticelli - nothing of that sort, yet!

Sep 01, 2016 04:12 PM
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William Feela
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Never, not a good deal for my clients.

Sep 01, 2016 01:56 PM
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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
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  • no - I never have either
Sep 01, 2016 12:58 PM
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Sam Shueh
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Not popular there. No sucker will sign up as sellers they expect steep increase further....

Sep 01, 2016 09:33 AM
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John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
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Damon Botticelli I have not, but they contacted me about the service.

I will not recommend the rent to own service to any client.

Sep 01, 2016 08:48 AM
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Patricia Kennedy
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Never seen one of those.

Sep 04, 2016 10:53 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
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No, I steer clear of rent-to-own.  They aren't popular out here either.

Sep 03, 2016 04:16 AM
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
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No, have not. Sounds risky; use a reputable attorney.

Sep 02, 2016 03:35 AM
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Barbara Todaro
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NO.... and I know of no companies that offer that.... 

Sep 02, 2016 01:39 AM
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Gabe Sanders
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No, I never have.

Sep 02, 2016 12:48 AM
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Wayne Martin
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No experience with them, but suspect they buy at a discount, sell at a premium, and charge above market rent!

Sep 02, 2016 12:43 AM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
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No and never will.

Sep 02, 2016 12:06 AM
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Harry F. D'Elia III
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It is a great tool for buyer and seller when done right.

Sep 01, 2016 11:54 PM
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Jessie Cochran
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
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I've not seen these companies or heard of them

Sep 01, 2016 11:40 PM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
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nope

Sep 01, 2016 10:55 PM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
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Never a legit one, but plenty of scams

Sep 01, 2016 10:46 PM
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Gita Bantwal
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no

Sep 01, 2016 09:25 PM
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Roy Kelley
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I do not use them.

Sep 01, 2016 08:06 PM
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FN LN
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No.

Sep 01, 2016 05:05 PM
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Bob Crane
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Sounds like a risky business model, most rent to own candidates fail to follow through and eventually leave what is left of the home to the previous owner who really does not want it back.

Sep 01, 2016 12:42 PM
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Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
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I have never heard of this type of company

Sep 01, 2016 12:29 PM
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Carol Wilson
Your $imple Home - Toronto, ON

I am a stager, not a Realtor, so have no opinion on the question, but it looks like a very large majority do not consider it a viable approach.  This is worthy of careful attention.  You might wish to print out all these comments and provide them to the prospect you mentioned, so they can see the honest opinions of those in the business.  It will help them make their own choice, instead of blaming you later for giving them "bad advice" (in case your recommendation doesn't work out well).

Sep 01, 2016 11:04 AM