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Renting vs Buying calculator

Are you sick of rental uncertainty and dreaming about buying a home? The choice between renting and buying is one of the biggest in life. Use our Renting vs Buying Calculator to compare rental payments towards your landlord’s mortgage and loan repayments towards owning your own home.

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How to use our rent vs buy calculator

Trying to decide between renting and buying can be hard because there are many moving parts to consider. Our simple Renting vs Buying Calculator makes it easy to pull all the pieces together. Use our tool to quickly estimate your financial position when buying a home, compared to renting.

Simply enter a few key numbers and our calculator will not only show you how much you can save but also how much equity you will have as a homeowner, compared to just being a renter. It’s that easy. If you aren’t sure of exact numbers, just use your best guess to get a rough idea

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Benefits of buying vs renting a home

It would be easy to say, “rent money is dead money”, but it’s not that simple. Renting can seem cheaper when compared to the early years of a home purchase. However, owning a home tends to be a slow and steady marathon towards building long-term wealth. In fact, the virtues of buying tend to grow the longer you own a home, as your home’s equity and value typically appreciates.

Home buying may cost more upfront, but if your home grows in value, you’ll build significant private wealth. As you also pay down your mortgage over time, less of each repayment goes to pay off interest and more towards your principal, meaning you’ll own your home even faster over time.

There are many factors to consider when deciding to buy or rent. If you’re not ready to commit your savings to a mortgage, renting may be better, but buying a home typically makes the most sense long-term.

Renting vs Buying FAQs

Your deposit is the largest upfront cost. After that, you may also have to pay stamp duty, transfer and mortgage registration fees, lenders' mortgage insurance, legal and conveyancing fees, loan application fees, inspection fees, moving costs, utility costs, home building and contents insurance and repair costs.

To learn more about these costs, research upfront costs of buying a home or call us for a real chat.

Obvious rental costs include the bond, rent and insurance. However, an often forgotten rental cost is the opportunity cost of not owning a home and instead paying weekly to build someone else’s wealth. Rents also increase, sometimes even faster than interest rates, affecting housing affordability.

To decide if rental costs are fair, research how much Australian's spend on rent or call us for a real chat.

When is renting better than buying? When is buying better than renting? The pros and cons of either can weigh heavily on us, but they don’t have to. With just a few practical considerations, like those depicted in the renting vs buying calculator, you can quickly decide the best scenario for you.

To help make an informed decision, research buying a house or renting or call us for a real chat.

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