Economic Advantages: Why Multifamily Real Estate Outshines Single Family Investments

January 08, 2023
Written by Mark Faris


The real estate sector has long been a favored destination for high-net-worth investors, but the question often arises: which is better, multifamily or single-family investments? This article seeks to shed light on the economic advantages that make multifamily real estate a compelling choice for Canadian investors seeking to diversify their portfolios in the US market.


Understanding the Basics

Before we delve into the benefits, let’s clarify the differences. Single-family real estate involves the purchase of individual properties, such as houses, which are rented out to one tenant or family. Multifamily real estate, on the other hand, refers to properties with multiple units, such as apartment buildings, rented out to several tenants.

Now, let’s explore why multifamily properties can offer a more lucrative investment avenue.


Economy of Scale

One of the primary advantages of multifamily real estate is the economy of scale. Managing multiple units within a single location can significantly reduce per-unit costs compared to managing single-family properties scattered in different locations. From maintenance to property management, the cost efficiencies of multifamily investments can translate into higher net returns. You also have lower risk.


Consistent Cash Flow

Multifamily properties typically generate more consistent and predictable cash flow than single-family homes. With multiple tenants, even if a few units are vacant, the remaining occupied units can still generate income. This helps mitigate the risk of income loss, a scenario quite possible in single-family investments during tenant turnover periods.


Risk Diversification

Diversification is a fundamental principle of investing, and it’s where multifamily real estate shines. By investing in a property with multiple tenants, you’re spreading the risk. If one tenant leaves in a single-family investment, you lose 100% of your rental income. In a multifamily property, one vacancy has a smaller impact on your overall rental income.


Value-Add Opportunities

Multifamily properties often present more opportunities for value-add strategies. Improvements to common areas, upgrades to units, or addition of amenities can increase property value and allow for higher rents. These changes can be more cost-effective in a multifamily setting due to the centralized location of units.


Professional Property Management

Owning a multifamily property often justifies the cost of professional property management, which can provide superior tenant service and ultimately enhance your investment’s profitability. While it’s possible with single-family properties, the cost might not be as justifiable, especially with a smaller number of units.



While both multifamily and single-family investments have their place in a diversified real estate portfolio, multifamily properties present compelling economic advantages. Their potential for higher and more consistent cash flow, risk diversification, value-add opportunities, and professional property management make them an attractive option for high-net-worth Canadian investors seeking to invest in the US.

Investing in multifamily real estate might just be the step up you need to take your real estate portfolio to the next level. If you’re interested in exploring multifamily syndication opportunities, reach out to us today. Let’s discuss how you can unlock the economic potential of multifamily investments.

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