Take one step at a time. good first steps are: talking to local lenders in your area to find out what kinds of loans you can get and for how much. join your local real estate investment group (can't say that strongly enough) and pick an area- just one at a time- to find out the local rents and price per square foot in that area.
MY advice is jump.....here is the thing if you are scared of heights they tell you to go jump off of something tall or out of a plane to cure yourself. If you are overwhelmed by information stop reading and DO. Find a good support by going to a local group if you need that support. Find what you need and go for it. The first step to a mile hike is standing up. Stand up and then move. Don't be scared you are not getting anywhere doing what you already did. Try something new.
REI is not for everyone and neither is skydiving. But, if it is exciting to you or something you feel you must do go do it.
I hope this helps.
Need a pep talk tag me and I will try to help.
I am not condoning just wasting your money on a bad deal or making rash decisions. But make one decision a week toward the goal of your first property..
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