The market is clearly there. In fact, the investment property market continues to be strong in most markets in Canada, with a steady supply of renters for residential, commercial and retail properties.
An investment property is also being increasingly viewed as a pension plan for the future, particularly since so many Canadians are not covered by workplace plans. Over the long term, an investment property can be a great source of retirement funds. Rental income typically pays for most or all expenses and property appreciation has often outperformed stocks and bonds over the long term.
This is not just an investment for well-established business people and experienced homebuyers. Savvy first-time buyers are often jumping in with both feet: purchasing a duplex or triplex, and then managing the additional units to pay down the mortgage while they make a start on home ownership.