One of the smartest decisions a home buyer can make is to purchase a multi family home as his primary residence. A multi family home is considered a two family, three family or four family property. These are sometimes referred to as duplexes, triplexes and fourplexes. While the purchase of a single family home is a smart investment, there are definite advantages to purchasing a multi family home.
A multi family home provides an income stream from one or more tenants. This is the single largest advantage because it reduces the buyer’s monthly expenses such as the mortgage, taxes and insurance.
Higher Mortgage Qualification
Most buyers assume that the mortgage qualification guidelines will be stricter on a multi family home but many of the guidelines are the same as a single family home and often the income ratio will look better on a multi family. This is because part of the income the property produces can often be counted as part of the new buyer’s income. This means a buyer can usually qualify for a larger multi family home than a single family home.
Easier to Manage
If your goal is to have rental properties, then having your tenants under one roof is ideal. Rents are easier to collect and the upkeep of the property is easier to manage when you live onsite.
The owner of a multi family can easily decide to rent out their current unit and purchase another property. This makes a multi family purchase as a first time home buyer a terrific option. Many buyers will go on to purchase another multi family and grow their real estate portfolio and others will move onto a single family home to raise a family or for more privacy.
Maintaining the multi family home will make it attractive to tenants and will allow the owner to increase rents over time. This will also make the building more attractive to investors should the owner decide to sell. The more money the property brings in, the more money it is worth.
Keep in mind that rents increase over time but mortgage stays the same. Once the mortgage has been paid off, the owner can choose to keep the property as a source of steady income or sell it for a profit. This makes a multi family home a great real estate investment.