A ‘duplex’ is a two-home unit that shares a common wall. Typically, the two units are sold and owned together, but occasionally you may find a duplex with separate titles for each side. Many home buyers don’t consider a duplex when thinking about buying a home, but duplexes can offer multiple benefits. They often hold their value well and can provide good rental income.
Here are some of the reasons you may want to consider purchasing a duplex, particularly if you’re looking to expand your property investment portfolio.
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Often, duplex financing can help buyers secure a home in a strong market. If your ideal neighbourhood or suburb seems out of reach, a duplex can help you become a homeowner in the location you desire.
If you purchase the title to only one half of the duplex, you may be able to get the property at a lower price than a detached home in the same neighbourhood. If you purchase the entire property, you’ll have rental income from the other side to help your home loan finances.
Duplexes can be great for families on a budget and retirees looking to downsize. You’ll get a great property for about half the price of a stand-alone house. This means you can either save some serious cash or move up into a better area than you thought you could afford.
Another advantage is that duplexes are freestanding properties, so you’ll also be able to own the surrounding land. This can mean a higher capital gains return over the long term when compared with a similar sized apartment where you don’t own any land.
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In many cases owning a duplex is a great financial decision, but there are a few issues you’ll want to be aware of. Consider looking for neighbourhoods with fewer duplexes scattered among single-family dwellings. Areas where most of the homes are duplexes tend to have lower property values and will not necessarily be a good return on your investment.
You may also come across duplexes where one unit is at the front of the street and one is at the rear of the lot. If you live in the front half of a duplex with this layout, your neighbours may walk past your windows, meaning you may feel like you have less privacy. If you purchase only one side of a duplex, you’ll always have to be mindful your neighbours.
On the other hand, if you decide to buy both halves, this puts you in the position of being a landlord. You’ll be able to claim the rental income to help pay off your home loan, but you may need to hire a property management company or do all the work yourself to make sure you adhere to leasing laws and regulations governing landlords and tenants.
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The right property can be both a great place to live and an excellent financial investment, but buying any kind of home, like a duplex, requires extensive research and planning. Contact our Home Loan Specialists at Lendi to explore your options for home loans.
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