Have you visited our community at Stoneyy path Townhomes in Greece? A senior community with reasonable HOA to cover lawn cutting and care, garbage disposal and plowing both driveway and private road plowing. We offer a choice of floor plan starting at 149,900. Stop and visir us at 31 Angela Villa La off maiden lane eastof Long Pond.,or call Angelo Vilasi at 585-309-6105.
In upstate NY, buffalo to be exact, a specific judge in the buffalo area be holding special foreclosure dyas and putting in judgements vs lenders to upkeep foreclosed properties. Its likely upstate properties are holding value nominally compared to other areas but much of that is because they're so much cheaper to begin with.
The 2nd point is extremely unlikely. Housing has historically been a poor investment. Even in the hottest areas, like southern california, only beat the market over 20 years if you cherry pick dates. The market has returned nearly 10% over the last 50 years and about 7% vs inflation, housing has returned < 3% vs inflation and it was < 1% before the bubble recently.
Good luck with your house hunt, find nice place but don't stretch yourself or expect it to fund any form of retirement, and you should be fine.
I agree with Joe Sorrentino, don't take on something with a lot of upkeep...start enjoying life. A Homeowner's Association (HOA) or a Condo, will give relieve the exterior maintenance issues.