Been talking to a ton of people who are on the sidelines because their market is too expensive - want to get a discussion going here on what's holding people back from investing virtually!
If you haven't had experience investing in real estate, staying close to home is ideal. If the numbers don't pencil out, forcing you to go out of market, there are a lot of options for other areas. More important to the market, is finding a solid team within that market. Makes all the difference. I'd find the market with the best team (contractors, property manager, realtor, etc. you can trust or believe you can trust) and secondly the market that you personally can get to easiest.....driving distance or direct on a plane.