We are looking for a 3 bed in Newcastle that we can initially use as a rental and then fix up and move into for a couple of years. We're in Sydney and have made a few trips up there but don't know anything about the socio-economics and demographics in the area. We've found reasonable fix ups in our budget in the areas of Adamstown Heights, Lambton, Georgetown, Stockton and Fern Bay, Carrington, Warratah, Tighes Hill and Mayfield. I've pretty much been told that our suburbs are OK but to stay away from anything that is Mayfield East as well as Islington. Just looking to hear of others knowledge of the region and pitfalls we won't be aware of.