I'm more familiar with North SATX so I'd be curious on perspectives from those more acquainted with this area:
- - rental growth potential
- - employers
- - infrastructure investments
- - crime/safety
If there are good resources that capture these, I'd be thankful for links rather than asking you to transcribe this; in lieu of these resources, I greatly value experienced insights.
Take a look at http://www.city-data.com/
It might have what you are looking for.
The 78226 zip code is going to be on average a D class area, meaning risk will be higher.
Rents have increased marginally over the past four years, so I wouldn't count on much in terms or appreciation and rent growth.
The maps below will show you graphically the area classes as well as the change in median rent from 2014 to 2018.
Hope this helps
Crime and Risk in that area may be higher, but for sure lots of renters in the market there. Would be great if you have a process to weed out your renters to make sure you get good ones...