Hello Glen, A purchase in a particular neighborhood should be based on certain variables; such as current business and future growth plans and how that matches your own plans; also take into consideration current values to calculate the investment you should make. A personal desire to succeed and establish roots can go a long way in determining whether or not a purchase is right for your future. Unfortunately it is not for a realtor to say whether you should or shouldn't invest in a neighborhood. We can not 'steer' as that is an illegal practice. If you would like resources to check out particular neighborhoods for specific information such as demographics, crime stats, zoning and building codes, etc please let me know, as that is a service I can provide to you to assist in helping you search for the right property. I can provide a Market Tracker (TM) report which will show you the 3 year trend in any given neighborhood, specific to any specific address. Simply let me know if that is something you would like.