well where are you buying, boro or twp? In both the boro and the TWP there were many of the same age residents that passed on and now theyre either foreclosures or just the old owners family is still deciding what to do. No need to worry this area is far far far from deteriorating and Freehold, boro or twp is a great place to live, a true mix of ethnicities (asains, indians, black, white and hispanic) great restuarants, amazing schools, great mall and parks and proximity to NYC and the beach make it a wonderful place to raise a family or enjoy everything this area has to offer. Also downtown Freehold is going through a somewhat of a revival, with the American Hotel being renovated, new store fronts and the hall of records being repaired. Also if you're looking in the boro, it has come a long long way from where it was 10 years ago, and those "vacant" homes wont be for muych longer. If youre looking in the TWP by Ely Harmony or Jackson Mills than you're in luck, because that area is going through so much building, tearing down the old and bringing in new 4,000+ sq ft homes, this area is already well off and in 10 years will be even more so.