Yes, investing in Atlanta area would be a great idea...I did it 28 years ago when I moved from the northeast! There are a lot of buying opportunities in Atlanta...market/pricing is way suppressed to due subprime...buyers market.
I thought Ft Mac was on the base closing list....but
living in my zip...Peachtree City would be a great move! It' about a 40 min ride south of Ft Mac in the beautiful suburbs of Atlanta...assuming you don't want to city dwell...but nothing wrong with that!
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