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Rent or Buy Calculator

Updated: May 13

Among real estate-related calculators, one of the most difficult to accurately determine is the rent vs buy calculator, despite tremendous progress among calculators in this regard over the years. Below I'll go through a relatively typical example for Newport News, VA using Nerdwallet's calculator on the subject, & go through some alternatives as well.

Alternatives to NerdWallet's Calculator

Ensure Accuracy for Viable Results

Many Exceptions to the Calculator

Typical Rent or Buy Scenario


Steps to Using the Calculator

1. Determine the monthly price of rent vs the monthly price of a comparable purchase.

1. Example: Comparison of median rented price vs median sold price $268,870 v $1595 for 3 bed 2 bath with a garage in Newport News

2. Determine your interest rate if not provided by your lender already

3. Plug in home price, city, comparable rent price, interest rate, loan term, and your downpayment into the calculator if not wanting to get too granular.

4. More options for higher accuracy


Rent or Buy Nerdwallet calculator based on years staying, cost, and break even point, with home price, down payment, mortgage interest rate, loan term, comfortable monthly rent, location, monthly cost, total cost, etc.

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Same #s, except with 20% down:


Rent or Buy Nerdwallet calculator based on years staying, cost, and break even point, with home price, down payment, mortgage interest rate, loan term, comfortable monthly rent, location, monthly cost, total cost, etc.

Image courtesy Nerdwallet



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