Strong Blocks Rent to Own Milwaukee Program

"I just got sick of landlords wanting extra money other than ideal housing situation is owning my own home, not having to pay anyone else's mortgage and taxes for them."

- Dana | Strong Blocks Rent to Own Milwaukee Resident

Dana_Testimonial.jpgI grew up in Milwaukee, 15th and Burleigh, I have the best family in the world we all stay very close together in the same area, they are all homeowners. I began to consider home ownership maybe 2 years ago, I just got sick of landlords wanting money for extra things other than rent. I did home ownership counseling in the past and I liked it.

My ideal housing situation is owning my own home, not having to pay anyone IMG_3837.jpgelse’s mortgage and taxes for them. My worst housing situation was a place I lived and had a slumlord where the upstairs toilet was leaking into my bedroom, onto my bed, and it finally poured down and ruined my mattress and the landlord wouldn't pay for the mattress or take anything off the rent. Also, before I left the water wasn't working, it was just dripping, and they wouldn’t fix it.

"My ideal housing situation is owning my own home, not having to pay anyone else’s mortgage and taxes for them."

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I was looking on Craigslist and I saw a Strong Blocks rent to own property, and so I looked into the Strong Blocks Rent to Own 21-month Program. Where I was living at the time I was paying $1,100 in rent and I realized I could be paying my own mortgage. Where I was living, I was in a lease and couldn't leave just yet.

IMG_3829.jpgI discussed the opportunity with my Mom and Dad to see how they felt about about it. They had concerns they brought to my attention, that a lot of private owners of rent to own properties are known to be unreliable and fall through on their promises. But knowing Strong Blocks was a business and not a private owner was important to my parents. If they wouldn’t have felt comfortable with it, I would have seriously considered that.

I ultimately decided to choose the program when I found out I was able to pick out a house that I really liked and I felt was for me. I picked this house after I researched the neighborhood. I drove by everyday: morning and IMG_3832.jpgnight, and I thought it was a good neighborhood and it still is so far.

The qualification process went really well and was really fast for me. I got approved the next day, and I also thought it was going to take more time to find a home. I would recommend the program to others.

- Dana | Strong Blocks Rent to Own Resident


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Ready to move into a rent to own Milwaukee home like Dana and her family? The Strong Blocks 21-month rent to own program may be for you if you aren't quite able to qualify for a mortgage and you need more time to work on your finances. Learn more by clicking the image below...


Mary Leach-Sumlin, Any House Realty

Written by Mary Leach-Sumlin, Any House Realty

Mary Leach-Sumlin is the owner/Broker of Any House Realty, which she founded in 2017. Prior to launching her own real estate firm, Mary was a Realtor for ACTS Housing since 2007, and then the Managing Broker. She has an office located inside St. Martin de Porres Parish on 2nd and Burleigh. She holds the Accredited Buyer's Representative designation. She has helped more than 200 families achieve their homeownership dreams. You can email her at

Topics: Rent to Own, Neighborhood Revitalization, Buying a Home

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