@Lee Melvin First off, welcome to BP! You've come to the right place to learn about real estate investing.
Rather than choosing the type of property you want to invest in, you need to ask yourself a few more questions, such as:
Where will you be living? Do you plan to invest in the same area?
What is the local economy like? What drives the economy? What types of properties is there a demand for? Do you want to be a landlord, or do you want to buy/rehab/sell?
What is your experience? Do you have any skills that will be beneficial in real estate or rehabbing?
You don't want to just choose a niche like duplexes or triplexes, until you know that there's a market for those types of properties, etc.
Read the book Beginners Guide to Investing, it's free, and can be accessed from the tab Learn at the top of the page. You have plenty of time to start your homework before you spend your money, and the perfect place to help you along. Have fun. Post questions, etc.
Also, if you can upload a pic of yourself, it adds to the site being able to see other members.
P.S. Fill out the keyword alert, with the city you are interested in, type properties, or ? and be notified anytime that word is being discussed.