In my opinion i think New Construction is a wise purchase. The reason behind that is Builders are facing similiar problems that home sellers are facing, & really can not afford to hold on to all of their inventory. As to the surrounding area being relatively older and lower in value, it depends on how low the value is & how old and run down they are, but for the most part it should not affect the investment of the property. I live in Middlesex and what i am seeing is that Fords and surrounding areas are building up. There are many newer developments that have developed since 2000 and it will continue to update. If you have a certain property in mind and want to see the actual listing just email me and i can send you the link to the listing also if you would like to see all new construction in Fords NJ. I hope this is helpful just go to my website to contact me.