Dream America's mission is to promote home ownership. Our Dream Lease to Own program is designed to turn renters into homeowners. Once approved, you go out with Premier Homes By Angela and pick any house you want within your approved budget. Dream America will then buy the home and lease it back to you until you qualify for a mortgage. Already qualified for a mortgage? Dream Cash puts you in a position to submit offers with no financing contingency which we have found leads to a high acceptance rate.
Dream America minimum requirements
-500 FICO credit score
-$4,000/month pre-tax household income (applicant + co-applicant, if any)
-12 months of on-time rent payments
-Savings / gift / 401k of $7,000+ that can be used towards home purchase
HOW DO I APPLY?
Click here to start the application process:
If you could qualify for a mortgage today, would you buy a house?
If so, the Dream Lease to Own may be for you. Once qualified, you will go out with an agent from Premier Homes By Angela to pick the home you want from any available for sale in your area for $150,000+. Once you select the home you want, Dream will purchase that home and lease it to you for 12 months. At any time that you qualify for a mortgage, you can cancel the lease penalty-free and buy your home! If you still aren’t ready to buy at the end of the lease, don’t worry! As long as you have been paying your rent on time each month, you can renew for another year (please note, rent and option prices will increase at the time of the renewal).
Once qualified, you will go out with Premier Homes By Angela to pick the home you want from any available for sale in your area for $150,000+.
HOW IT WORKS
Dream America will purchase that home and lease it to you for 12 months.
At any time that you qualify for a mortgage, you can cancel the lease penalty-free and buy your home!
If you still aren't ready to buy at the end of the lease, don't worry! As long as you have been paying your rent on time each month, you can renew for another year.
-500 MINIMUM CREDIT SCORE
-$4,000 MINIMUM MONTHLY INCOME
-MONTHLY RENT MAXIMUM 1/3 OF HOUSEHOLD INCOME
-45% MAXIMUM DEBT-TO-INCOME
-12+ MONTHS OF ON-TIME RENT PAYMENTS
-FUNDS FOR OPTION PAYMENT,ONBOARDING FEE AND RENT
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS DREAM LEASE TO OWN?_
Dream Lease to Own is a 12 month lease with option to buy offered exclusively to aspiring homeowners. It is for individuals and families that want to pick a home from any available for sale in their community (within an approved budget), lease it from Dream America and then buy as soon as the qualify for a mortgage.
Dream America is turning renters into owners in Florida!
Dream America is turning renters into owners in Georgia!
Dream America is turning renters into owners in Tennessee!
WHAT ARE THE STEPS INVOLVED?_
1) Read the program guidelines and see if it sounds right for you
3) Qualify (see more on minimum qualifications to Apply below)
4) Find a home that meets your needs
5) Dream will work with your agent to put an offer in on the home
6) If our offer is accepted, we will immediately order an inspection and appraisal
7) Sign lease and option agreement
8) Closing and Move-in!
9) Buy your home from Dream America when you are ready
WHAT ARE THE MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS?_
+ Commitment to becoming a homeowner -- pay bills on time and repair credit
+ Track record of paying rent on-time (we will verify with your landlord)
+ FICO score of 500+
+ Household pre-tax income of $4,000+/month (applicant+ co-applicant, if any)
+ $10,000+ cash available from savings, 401k or gift (less for Vets. See details below)
HOW DOES IT WORK?_
Have you seen ads for rent to own homes in Florida? Rent to own homes in Georgia? Rent to own homes in Tennessee? They are usually limited to a small inventory. That is not Dream America!
Once you are qualified, you will go out with your real estate agent to pick a home in your community that is right for you. Dream is not involved in selecting your home. The process of selecting a home is virtually identical to the traditional process that you would go through if you had already qualified for a mortgage. The difference is once you find your home, Dream America will buy it and lease it back to you for 12 months with an option to buy at any time. In fact, you can cancel your lease early with no penalty when you qualify for a mortgage and buy your home!
IS DREAM AMERICA AVAILABLE IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD?_
Dream America is currently available in major metro areas in FL, GA and TN. Once you qualify, you can go out with your agent and pick any eligible home that fits your needs.
Have you seen ads offering lease to own homes in Florida? Lease to own homes in Georgia? Lease to own homes in Tennessee? They usually are for a specific house or small inventory of homes. This is not Dream America! With the Dream Lease to Own, you can select any house available for sale in your community.
WHICH HOMES ARE ELIGIBLE FOR DREAM LEASE TO OWN?_
+ Single family home, townhouse or condo eligible for FHA financing
+ List price of $150,000 up to FHA limit (which varies by region)
+ Homes built or renovated in the last 15 years. You are responsible for maintaining the home and the last thing we want you to have is big repair bills!
+ Dream America’s purchase price today must be equal or less than the appraised value.
Except for new construction, we order an inspection on all homes before we purchase them and share that with you. We then ask the seller to make any necessary repairs. We also insure that all Dream homes come with a home warranty to cover HVAC, plumbing, electric and appliances.
HOW DOES THE OPTION TO BUY MY DREAM HOME WORK?_
The option to buy your Dream home requires an upfront payment equal to 5% of your 12 month option purchase price (more on that below). This payment is not a fee because it is credited back to you when you purchase your Dream home. This insures that you have downpayment and closing cost funds available when you exercise your option to buy. It also insures that you are committed to buying your home because you will forfeit the option payment if you don’t buy the home. This is a very important point so we will emphasize it again – if you walk away from the house you will lose your option payment. All of it. As we stated before, Dream is for aspiring homeowners. It is not a try before you buy program. If you are not 100% committed to fixing your credit and becoming a homeowner, please stop reading this now and look for another alternative.
I’M A VET ELIGIBLE FOR A VA MORTGAGE. DO YOU STILL NEED 5% FOR MY OPTION?_
No. We only require a 3% option payment from anyone with a VA certificate of eligibility. Thank you for your service.
HOW IS THE OPTION PURCHASE PRICE DETERMINED?_
The longer you continue to rent from Dream, the more you will pay when you buy your Dream home. If you buy it in 6 months, you will pay 6% more than Dream America’s acquisition cost. If you wait 12 months, you will pay 10% more.
IS THE OPTION PURCHASE PRICE A GOOD DEAL?_
That depends on many factors. The best alternative for you may be to continue to rent and buy in the future. But if housing prices continue to rise, you will pay more in a year than you would today. Maybe your lease is ending and you need to move. And you want to move into your Dream home that you select. Not just another rental. Moving to another rental also means you will have to move twice in the next year – now and when you qualify for a mortgage. Dream lease to own eliminates that extra move. Also, you should know that Dream can probably get a better deal today than you can on the home you select. We buy houses with no financing contingency. This makes us more attractive to sellers and generally allows us to get a better deal. The less we pay today, the less you pay in the future.
WHAT FEES ARE INVOLVED IN DREAM LEASE TO OWN?_
You will pay a 1% onboarding fee to Dream America as soon as we are under contract to buy the home you selected.
WHEN IS THE OPTION PAYMENT AND ON BOARDING FEE DUE?_
Payment is immediately due once Dream America has an accepted offer on the home you select. Please do not start the home search process unless you have funds available. If you are obtaining funds from a 401k or gift from a family member, please discuss that with someone on the Dream team during the application review process.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I STILL CAN’T QUALIFY FOR A MORTGAGE IN 12 MONTHS?_
As part of the approval process, your application is reviewed by a mortgage lender (Dream America does not offer mortgage financing). We will work with you and the lender to see if there is a clear path for you to obtain a mortgage during the life of your lease. If it isn’t clear, we won’t accept you. However, we understand circumstances change. Things happen. That is why your lease contains a renewal option.
WHAT IF THE HOUSE DOESN’T APPRAISE FOR THE OPTION PRICE IN THE FUTURE?_
As described above, your option purchase price is set when your lease begins. We don’t have a crystal ball and don’t know what the appraisal will be in the future. In order to bridge any gap, you can first use the 10% rent closing credit. We will also ask the mortgage lender to contribute towards closing. If that doesn’t close the gap and you need to contribute additional funds, Dream America will match your contribution.
Dream America is committed to turning renters into owners.
ARE THERE ANY CLOSING COSTS?_
Dream America pays the closing costs up to $3,500 when we purchase the home (and our costs are usually well below that). You will pay all closing costs when you qualify for a mortgage and purchase your Dream home. You can get an estimate of closing costs from any mortgage lender. You should plan on the FHA down payment requirement plus closing costs to exceed 5% (i.e. the credit you are receiving back from Dream America). So it’s important that you save additional funds during the life of your lease.
I NEED TO REPAIR MY CREDIT. WILL DREAM HELP ME?_
You will receive feedback from the mortgage lender on steps that you can take to improve your credit score. Many applicants may also want professional assistance to dispute erroneous items on their credit report. Dream can introduce you to specialists that are working with other Dream clients.
WHO MAINTAINS THE HOME DURING THE LIFE OF THE LEASE?_
You are responsible for maintaining the home during the life of the lease (and thereafter once you purchase it!). Please remember, we order an inspection before we purchase the home and give it to you. If you aren’t happy with the condition of the home, we won’t purchase it.
As an additional benefit for you, we will insure your home comes with a home warranty, covering appliances, electric, HVAC and plumbing during the life of your lease.
CAN I MAKE COSMETIC IMPROVEMENTS TO THE HOME DURING THE LEASE?
Absolutely! You are free to upgrade the landscaping, paint the walls, install new carpet, etc. in your Dream home. Major construction involving structural changes is not permitted. You need to buy your Dream home first.
ARE PETS ALLOWED?
Yes, pets are allowed but pet breed and age must be listed in the lease. A non-refundable $250 pet deposit will also apply. Certain pets may be excluded due to insurance restrictions or community standards.
I WANT TO GET IN MY DREAM HOME, BUT I DON’T HAVE THE REQUIRED CASH. DO YOU MAKE EXCEPTIONS?
In general, we don’t make exceptions. Dream lease to own is for aspiring homeowners. And becoming a homeowner entails many costs and commitments. If you have saved most, but not all of the required cash, please contact us to discuss.
HOW DO I APPLY?
Click here to start the application process:https://dreamamerica.com/home/applyNow/Angela-Simmons
DOES ANY OF THE MONTHLY RENT GO TOWARDS MY PURCHASE?
Yes! 10% of rent paid will be applied as a closing credit towards your purchase of your Dream home if, and only if, all rent payments are made on time.
We make this easy for you by collecting rent automatically from your bank account using Clearnow (www.clearnow.com) on the 1stof each month.
WHAT IF I DECIDE NOT TO BUY MY DREAM HOUSE AT THE END OF THE LEASE?_
You are not required to buy your Dream home, but if you don’t exercise your option before it expires, you will lose the option payment.
However, if after renting for 12 months your plans change and you decide not to buy the home you can ask Dream America to sell it. You must continue to rent on a month to month basis until the house is sold. We will then split any profit from the sale 50% / 50% with you. Please note, buying and selling a home involves many transaction costs. There is no guarantee that there will be any profit to split. The only thing that is guaranteed is that if you don’t buy the home you will lose your option payment. All of it.
As we stated before, Dream America is for aspiring homeowners. It is not a try before you buy program. If you are not 100% committed to becoming a homeowner, please stop reading this now and look for another alternative.
CAN I RENEW MY LEASE AND OPTION?
Dream America wants to see all of its clients purchase their home in the next 12 months.
However, you may renew your lease and option for another 12 months if needed. At the time of the renewal, the rent and option price will both increase by 5%. Please note, if you pay your rent late two or more times during the initial lease (or Dream files for an eviction even once), the renewal option is voided.
Premier Homes By Angela awaits your call to assist you with buying or selling your home. Our goal is to be your For Life REALTOR® as we assist serve in building the communities of Atlanta up through homeownership. We provide you with educated, sound guidance that can only be made with accurate and reliable information. We are am happy to be a trusted resource for you. Thank you for the opportunity to provide you with this blog, we look forward to answering any questions you may have and to the opportunity to be your REALTOR® in the future. Your Dream Our Mission, we are the KEY to your real estate experience!