I can email you personally on specific areas and properties that would meet your criteria.
The best area is iin and around the Research triangle park area.
Let me know how i can help you out.
Investors outside of the Triangle often think they can get a SFH for very little money, and $100k is very little money. That is before one even looks at school districts. If the school district is one of the better ones, then the price is higher. Most houses in that price range need significant updates/renovations. Jose is right about the areas where you'd be looking.
I've been looking in parts of Durham, buying SFH that need a lot of work, then either selling them or renting them out. My standards are high--the houses need to be renovated so that my daughter or I would live there. That is true for the location also. However, I think you could get a SFH there that will bring in $800+/mo.
Are you paying cash or planning to finance it with a loan? As an investor, that would be 25% down. If you are paying cash or putting down significantly more than 25%, I have a place for you in Chapel Hill (excellent schools) though it is a condo.
Call me if I can help you.
Vivian, aka CrazyViv
There a certainly a few choices out there depending on where you want tomove in NC which county, etc. Do you have an idea of where/what you need to e near for work or how many bedrooms, you need? I'd love to help you give me a call or email firstname.lastname@example.org / 919-950-6321