From my perspective and regardless of the financial aspect of your idea which may be sound, owning your own home is a great feeling of security and one that we strived for early in life and glad that we did. Once you own your home markets can go up and down but you always have your home. Pride of ownership was important to us and investing came later. Fortunately our timing was great as we purchased our first small house for $18,500. in the Dunbar/Kerrisdale area of Vancouver.