I think I would much prefer having you for a landlord, A*O. The real estate market here is pretty much ruled by foreign investment buyers/speculators who think nothing of asking $2,000 a month rent for a 560 square foot condo. A lot of those places are sitting empty. I know at least a half dozen people who want to buy but can't afford to -- I'm talking about people with well-paid jobs -- and I know others who would like to sell but can't afford to buy anything else. It's a vicious circle. One friend said she would prefer to be renting even with the hassles because at least she could live in the neighbourhood she wants. They've spent a lot of money renovating their house, but it's still too small and although it's in a nice area, it's a minimum hour drive into the city. That's with NO accidents, which is pretty much never the case.