Which is wiser: start with a multi-unit or start with a single family?My fiancee and I are looking to purchase our first property in New Hampshire either at the end of this year (after we marry) or sometime next year. I'm a seafarer and am interested in the acquisition of multi-unit properties to help provide income so that I can one day come ashore. Both of us like the idea of multi-units (we'd invest in the Manchester area) but we're short-stacked right now financially speaking. Fortunately, thanks for family friends, we've a wealth of skilled labor at our disposal which makes renovation more affordable than it otherwise would be. So the question is: Given a limited starting supply, does it make more sense to buy a small affordable single-family home to live in and renovate, both raise the value and add equity, or start by buying a multi-unit that we wouldn't live in but would collect income from to eventually use toward the acquisition of our own home? I'm not sure if it's relevant, but we're actually more interested in living in the North Conway area than Manchester; it just so happens that Manchester has more mutli-unit properties available. If we bought a single-family, we'd prefer it to be in N. Conway. August 30 2013 - Manchester00YesReport a ProblemProblemSelect oneOffensive contentIrrelevant contentSpam (pure self-promotion)OtherDetailsYour emailPlease enter a valid email address.Submit CancelContent flaggedWe will review this content. Thanks for helping make the site more useful to everyone. To learn more, read Zillow's Good Neighbor Policy.We're sorry. This service is temporarily unavailable. Please come back later and try again.