Is a Birmingham Lease With Option to Purchase Right For You?

Lease With Option to Purchase

Will the Owner Consider a Lease With an Option to Purchase?

This question pops up every now and then.  The single most misunderstood factor with regard to a lease with an option to purchase revolves around the following terms:  security deposit, down payment and lease option payment.  Usually after addressing this concern, the lease with option is no longer a part of the conversation.

When someone inquires about a lease with an option to purchase, the first question to address is  “how much of an option payment are you working with?”  This question is usually followed by a discussion of what constitutes a lease with an option to purchase and the conditions that are usually involved.  In Alabama, the option payment is usually more significant than a security deposit and oftentimes a security deposit is required in addition to the option payment.

The option payment ensures that the seller will not sell the home to anyone esle as long as the lease option buyer has the option to purchase and has not violated the terms of the the lease option agreement.


The Lease and The Option Agreements

In Alabama, the lease and the lease with an option to purchase are usually two entirely separate documents.  The second question that I get (after will the owner consider a lease with an option to purchase) is how much is the down payment? When working with a lease with an option to payment, there is no down payment.  Instead there is an option payment which goes directly to the seller and does not have to be held in escrow and is non-refundable.  In a true lease with option to purchase, the option payment is not applied to any future purchase as a down payment.  Inquirers are usually outraged by this fact, as they have been misinformed or have been long time believers of urban legends regarding how lease options work.  Down payments are associated with lease purchases.  NOT lease with options to purchase.

If all you have to work with is a security deposit, then you’re not a likely candidate for a lease with an option to purchase.  But if you’d like to know more, please give me a call.

Birmingham-Hoover Metro Area Rental and Real Estate

Whether you’re looking to buy real estate your sell your existing property, call or send me and email today, so we can discuss how I can best serve your Birmingham-Hoover Metro area real estate needs!

Exceptional Service Because You Deserve It!

Charita H. Cadenhead,  Realtor®
(205) 527-1112 – Direct
(800) 496-7431 – Fax

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About Charita Cadenhead

Birmingham-Hoover Metro Area Real Estate
Charita Cadenhead is a licensed Realtor® in the State of Alabama since 2006, serving the Metro Birmingham market. In 2007, she founded Bham WIiRE (Birmingham Women Investing in Real Estate). Bham WIiRE consisted of women interested in real estate investing, but later the focus expanded to include all women interested in any aspect of the world of real estate. She is co-author of the book “Sell Your House Fast for the Right Price”, and has been featured on She is an avid blogger with nearly 1300 posts to date, including a great number of featured posts.

Whether you’re looking to buy real estate your sell your existing property, call or send me and email today, so we can discuss how I can best serve your Birmingham-Hoover Metro area real estate needs!

Exceptional Service Because You Deserve It!

Charita H. Cadenhead
Keller Williams Realty Metro North
Birmingham Alabama Realtor®
(205) 527-1112 – Direct
(800) 496-7431- Fax

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