The Benefits of investing in a multi-family:
You can buy up to a 4-plex on a residential loan. The benefit to this is an individual can hold 10 home loans in their name. Which means you can buy 10 properties in 10 months.
When owning a 4-plex it means that even if you have one unit being renovating you are still receiving income from the other three units to cover your operating expenses.
The biggest benefit is you have multiple units secured under one loan, one insurance policy, and one tax bill. This helps with not overcomplicating the process and leaves you with the ability to own up to 40 units with very little out of pocket.
If this feels like it might be right for you I can walk you through some options that are available today that may fit your investing criteria.