Trying to have an all inclusive study summary as they had, makes little sense. As did mixing up condos and detached single owner homes.As waywardson pointed out they don't include the downpayment you can invest. I think with these huge down payments they have to make on million dollar homes to invest that money would make a difference. Condo fees of 147 are very low too. Mine is 400/month. Maybe the report should only be used if your situation matches the figures they give. Just to add lets not forget the interest being paidbon renovations as most are using helocs.
Buying a condo, having to pay condo fees and being subject to a condo associations decisions is not something I would contemplate. However, several friends of ours have. Some of their experiences, I would want to avoid!
My image of a family home for a family starting out, is a detached home, likely in a subdivision where other like minded families live. This is what many young Canadians aspire to. Very few equivalent homes are on the rental market, so it would be hard to do a proper comparison even on this small slice of the rental/own question. It might work for condos, but if so he should have stuck with that comparison.
This subthread may be a bit off-subject, but I imagine the question could equally apply to home owners as well as investors. Our home and our investments are both experience highs. Not excited about either really