HICKMAN COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — Real estate speculators appear to have their eye on Hickman County, with the number of investors buying a home to sell it for a profit ranking second in the nation, according to a report released last month.

Local real estate agent Beth Edwards has lived and worked in Hickman County for 20 years. She is a fourth-generation Tennessean who wouldn't call home anywhere else.

As she worked to sell a home on George Road, she told News 2 she expected the hot market to continue.

“It's more rural – lots of land, lots of water, great growth, just the rolling hills and the beauty,” Edwards said, adding that it's an attractive area for people moving to Tennessee, especially those coming from California and Washington state.

A recent report from ATTOM, a leading provider of real estate data, identifies Hickman County as one of the top counties in the U.S. for home flipping, which is the purchase of a property by an investor with the intention of selling it for a profit rather than living there.

According to ATTOM, 20.3% of all home sales in Hickman County from January to March were due to buyers who remodeled the homes. Hickman County ranked second in the report, while Cobb County, Georgia, ranked first with 23.5% and Houston County, Georgia, ranked third with 20.1%.

“I can understand the reasons for the growing desire to come here,” Edwards said. “A lot of the city has stayed the same for years, so there are older houses here, but a lot of older houses are also empty, and as we all know, houses are life. They need people.”

Hickman County is expected to continue to see growth in this region.

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