Before you invest in anything, there is a way to know if you are at least on the right track towards a good decision. There are basics to consider when investing that are easy to find out with a little bit of effort.
Take the time to research on how schools are doing in the area you are considering. Positive school feedback is always an indicator of a good place to live in. Another indicator is how low taxes are. Tax changes per area so looking into this can be a guideline before buying. Finally, looking at price is important. It is essential to stick to your budget. Comparing two areas that are bedside each other an looking at one with lower home selling prices is one way to go when making decisions.
These are very basic tips and not the only things you should consider but these can surely help you narrow your areas of interest.