If you are evaluating for practice that is fine, but don't get your heart set on a specific property or even a specific price range until you get financing in place.
Welcome to Bigger Pockets! Reading Brandon Turner's book and practicing with the numbers is a great start. You also should consider joining the Triangle Real Estate Investors at Treia. They have a monthly general meeting in Cary as well as monthly subgroup meetings in a number of areas, including Durham, Cary, Rocky Mount and now Fayetteville. It's a great place to network and learn. Your first property type will depend somewhat on your individual needs and goals. Do you plan to manage the property yourself? Do you know specifically where you want to invest?
Hey Chalie, all the sub group meetings are posted on the calendar of events at www.treia.com. Good luck!
Haven’t been in a while but the Fayetteville group meets the 4th Wed of each month. Go online to Meetup.com for additional info.