Advise on out-of-state rental purchase

I am considering purchasing rental property in another state (South Carolina, North Carolina) thinking that appreciation would
be better than in my area of upstate NY and I may retire there. I would appreciate any tips on working with a Property Manager (how to find one, what to look for, etc.), locating a good rental market and any other advice you may have on this subject. Thanks.

Any suggestions on good REI areas in SC or NC? Suggestions on working with property managers? Purchasing property out of state? I’m having a hard time hooking up with a realtor. ???

You might want to post this question in the rehab/landlord forum. Probably get a few more responses there on this topic.