I just saw this thread because MDC has stopped e-mailing me for my thread and forum subscriptions.
I suspect rents here will generally be more (and will be quoted by the month), especially when you take into account the exchange rate. It all really depends on your requirements and where you're willing to live. If you live out a bit or in a less desirable (but safe) neighborhood, then you will pay less than if you live closer to the center. Funda.nl is one site that lists houses both for rent and for sale.
Home schooling is very unusual here and quite challenging, legally speaking. Children are required by law to be enrolled in school from their 5th birthday. People do homeschool, but to do so they have to illustrate that there's no school within 20km (I think) of them that meets their needs, and it's not just a matter of saying that you don't agree with the idea of schooling or whatever. In many situations it requires court cases and such. There are several homeschooling families in this NL forum, so if you read a bit you can PM them for more info.
There are alternative choices, most of which are public and almost free. For example, Montessori (although different than US Montessori and quite a bit less alternative), Waldorf, etc. There's a thread called "schooling options in the NL" if I recall correctly, with lots of info.
Sarah, mother to Eloïse (5/2005), Lucas (3/2008) and Ilias (7/2011), and due with #4 (March 1, 2014)