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Rent or Buy? Running the Numbers on Five UWS Two-Bedrooms

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The StreetEasy elves have been hard at work building a tool to compare listings for sale and for rent in New York City. Which means it's now time for the latest installment in our rent vs. buy series. Up this week, two-bedrooms on the Upper West Side. The StreetEasy data makes a few assumptions: a down payment of 20 percent and a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage at yesterday's rate of 3.61 percent. The StreetEasy tool doesn't yet incorporate the tax benefits of buying (mortgage interest deductions, etc.), something many Curbed commenters asked about, but that information might be available for future installments. Onward!

Address: 70 Riverside Drive #2E (above)
Sale Price: $1,175,000
Maintenance/Taxes: $1,260/month
Total monthly costs when buying: $5,539
Rental price: $4,195/month

Address: 372 Central Park West #1Y
Sale Price: $835,000
Maintenance/Taxes: $496/month
Total monthly costs when buying: $3,537
Rental price: $3,695/month

Address: 205 West 76th Street #4G
Sale Price: $2,250,000
Maintenance/Taxes: $1,425/month
Total monthly costs when buying: $9,619
Rental price: $7,650/month

Address: 2109 Broadway #10-102
Sale Price: $999,995
Maintenance/Taxes: $1,195/month
Total monthly costs when buying: $4,837
Rental price: $4,300/month

Address: 203 West 90th Street #4E
Sale Price: $1,875,000
Maintenance/Taxes: $823/month
Total monthly costs when buying: $7,651
Rental price: $8,300/month
· StreetEasy
· Rent vs. Buy archive [Curbed]