Perhaps, the number one question asked by any investor looking to purchase a condo in Mississauga for investment is whether they should buy a one bedroom or a two bedroom condo. Although both have their advantages and disadvantages it’s important that the buyer is aware of all the pros and the cons that come with each choice. In this blog post, we will examine how a one bedroom vs. a two bedroom apartment purchase, affects the bottom line of any investor.
Capital appreciation is the price appreciation each condo owner gets simply by owning a condo over a period of time. With real estate prices in Mississauga universally going up by a 2-5% year over year, the idea of leveraging a small downpayment, against a large purchase price is attractive to investors. To put into perspective; if a one bedroom condo which sells for $275,000 goes up in price by 10% over a four year period, the owner made $27,000 in appreciation. On the other hand, if a two bedroom unit which sells for $350,000 goes up by 10% in the same four years, the unit has appreciated by $35,000.
Two bedroom units appear to be the better choice over one bedroom units, when looking at the appreciation rate.
Future Resale Value
The resale value of any real estate property is differently affected by the supply and demand forces. A few trends happening now in the market are worth noting:
– Unit sizes for newer pre-construction condos are up to 10% smaller from what they were a few years back.
– Families are having fewer kids than previous generations, and therefore opting out of the house life and opting to live in a condo.
– House prices are at an all-time high and unaffordable for many. People who didn’t consider to live in a condo before are now adjusting their expectations and choosing the condo life.
Based on the above statements, it appears that two bedroom condos will be more in demand in the near future.
The idea of having an empty unit sit on the market for a long period of time while trying to find a suitable tenant frightens any investor. Since rent prices have been going up faster than most incomes, tenants are often surprised to find out that they cannot afford a two bedroom condo.
As a general rule, the cheaper the rent, the more people the condo will appeal to, the easier is it to lease out the condo. For this reason, one bedroom units typically do rent out faster than two bedrooms.
It is important to note that one bedroom units tend to lease out to singles, or young professional couples with no kids. Two bedrooms, on the other hand, are more attractive to small families or those making a good income and requiring the second bedroom to be used as an office or guest suite.
When looking at investing in real estate, or any investment for that matter, risk always comes into question. Even though real estate is seen by many as a 100% safe or “risk-free investment”, I would caution to use such terms. As with any investment, real estate does present its own risks.
Having said that, Canadian real estate is regarded as a safe tangible asset, which serves as a hedge against inflation. Meaning, even if real estate prices only appreciate 1-3% per year, it is often enough to counter the amount lost in inflation if the same money was sitting in the bank.
How does risk play a role in deciding between a one bedroom and a two bedroom condo? Simply put, the more expensive the property the higher the risk on the individual. Having a two bedroom condo sit vacant for a month costs any landlord more than if it was a one bedroom. For this very reason, I encourage all first time buyers or investors who are tight on funds, to probably look at one bedroom units over two bedroom units.
Return on investment (known as R.O.I.) refers to not only how fast you get your initial investment back, but also the amount of time and resources required from you for the investment to be worth it.
Having the privilege to work with many investment properties, I can say with certainty that there is no straight answer to whether one bedroom or two bedroom condos have better R.O.I.
What I could say is that one bedroom condos tend to have better monthly cash-flow than two bedrooms. On the other hand, two bedrooms often get more stable tenants who are looking for a longer term lease.
There are many dynamics which come into play when investing in real estate. A savvy investor should do his homework and decide which route is best to go for.
Although my personal real estate investments have always involved two bedroom condos, it is still possible to make a good investment in buying a one bedroom.
Having a knowledgeable agent on your side, to source out the good potential investment properties should be your first step. If you are contemplating buying an investment condo and if you are currently not working with an agent who knows Mississauga very well, give us a call and we would love to help you.
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