Start with the END IN MIND.... What is the ULTIMATE PATH you are taking in REI? Many people in REI find that 'the next level' means get out of SFR.
Many people start with SFR, but soon find that there are much greater benefits in moving to larger projects. SFR, by default, has certain limitation. There is only so far you can take it. So.... consider switching to:
- Commercial NNN etc.
- Apartment Buildings
- Self Storage Facilities
You can combine - and therefore reduce - your expense. Economies of scale.
If that is something that is of interest to you - look into exchanging.
Here is a thread about that...