Hi @Ethan Morgan ,
Welcome! BP is a great resource to use. I would also suggest to speak with some lenders in your area to find out what options are available for you. You can get creative with different financing options - there are first time homebuyer programs, you can use up to 10k from your IRA as a down payment, and others. Check out this site to see if you qualify for any state programs: http://www.ahfa.com/ if you're buying as a primary residence.
You know a lot of people in real estate personally Ethan!!
At least one :D
Build your team...starting with potential partners that do have financial resources.
Yes, I am a passive portfolio builder in Birmingham. Currently working in Dallas TX.