Multifamily houses provide a relatively easy entry into the real estate marketplace. If you don't yet own any real estate, you don't have very much cash at your disposal, or you want to combine your first home-buying experience with your first investment property, a multifamily house may well be the solution to your needs.
A multifamily property can be used as an effective first "building block" in a real estate wealth-building pyramid. A multifamily home is often the first property acquired by a beginning real estate investor. The capital needed for such a purchase is often relatively small and the potential resale market is quite large, including other investment beginners seeking their first properties. Although multiplexes generally sell less quickly than single-family houses, property turnover is usually still faster than that of small apartment buildings or commercial properties.