@Caleb Anderson Depends on your comfort level, but 45 minutes seems very manageable. Would you plan to manage the property yourself? If the rents and rental demand in Locust Grove are stable and you can cash flow, it would surely be simpler to manage/oversee.
It also depends on what your desired ROI is - as long as you run realistic numbers before making any decisions, it seems that either course of action can work for you.
starting local gives you the advantage of knowing the market. fewer deals can also mean less competition. I live in a town of 10,000 people. It took me four months of looking to get my latest deal under contract because there aren't many properties that meet my criteria in my town but when It did come on the market there wasn't much competition and I got it under contract without having to get in a bidding war with 20 other investors as might be the case in bigger markets.
@Caleb Anderson don’t be scared to invest here in LG man! Money is money. All of these distribution centers being developed here are going to keep the population going up in this area and will make for a good rental market. I have a mentor that has a lot of rentals in LG.