John Marion

John Marion is a Real Estate Agent with REMAX Town & Country in Canton, GA

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How Mortgage Rates Make Buying Better Than Renting

Is it better to rent a home or buy? One fact to help decide if buying is better than renting for you is to calculate how much your monthly mortgage  payment will be if you buy. Then compare that number to how much monthly rent is for a similar property.

When the mortgage rate is low, it really is cheaper to buy a home as far as the monthly payment is concerned. Here is an example.

Example of Renting vs. Buying

Let's say you are renting a 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom single family house in Canton, GA for $1,200 a month. Similar homes for sale are $140,000. Here is a rough breakdown of this example:

Purchase Price


4% down payment (may actually be less)


Amount of mortgage loan


Monthly payment for principle at 4% (may be lower)


Property tax payment


Property insurance payment



In this example the monthly mortgage payment (principle, taxes, and insurance) is less than what it cost for monthly rent.

Also see Rent Or Own?


The above numbers are only an example. Actual numbers will vary. The monthly principle payment was calculated using an online calculator such as the one to the left. I am not a mortgage lender. Consult a mortgage lender for actual rates. I can refer you to a qualified, professional mortgage lender. Other factors may influence your decision to determine if buying is better than renting for you. Call or text me at 703-371-9548 for more information.



John Marion is the agent who buys houses in Cherokee County Georgia and throughout North Metro Atlanta
Call or TEXT John @ 703-371-9548