Minimum amount to buy first investment property?

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It depends on where you are looking/located. If you want to live in it and rent out part of it (eg other half of a duplex or a suite), you need a minimum of 5% and then a mortgage for the rest. Talk to a bank to find out how much of a loan you qualify for before you start looking. You will also need closing costs (eg lawyer fees, property taxes, utilities, etc).