There are some great properties for sale in the Ft. Lauderdale area. You are likely to be able to rent rather quickly.
With a single family or duplex we would be able to put a for rent sign on the front lawn. I have two properties available for rent right now, 1 in Pompano Beach (1 block from the beach), and 1 in Coral Springs. My phone has been ringing off the hook for both properties. Good, solid offers have been accepted on both properties. A third property, in Coral Springs, has also been getting a high volume of calls.
If you'd like to buy investment properties I think this area is a good buy. Please contact me directly and I will be glad to help you find something.