The area is great for investing! As you may know, there are brand new homes and many renovated homes. I know that in the area it can be hit and miss on the streets. For the most part it is a fairly safe community though.
When it comes to holding value, there has been a slight hit in the last year or so but that seems to be holding on. I believe the area is strong and values hold well.
I have clients all the time looking to rent in the area. Some are families and others are students and post college. In fact, I have a client that is looking to buy right now in the area.
I hope this helps!
If you would like to search for some homes online for sale then please feel free to search my MLS within my website!
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