Most people don`t give this information away for free.
The people who are good at it had to learn through trial and error.
the best piece of advice I can give you would be to seek out your local investment groups,
learn as much as you can about lending,
and real estate.
create your power team.
Your power team should consist of a:
Accountant & a Lawyer.
These people will help you stay out of trouble and help you make the right decisions based on your needs and experience level.
The more comfortable you become,
the less you rely on your team.
this is a move that I guarantee will save your *** at least once.
The rest of it is about being a good negotiator and being able to control your expenses.
The rest of it is really pretty much common sense.
OH...and always always always find a good home inspector and always always always pay to have a home inspected before you buy it.
THIS ONE SIMPLE THING HAS SAVED ME HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN POSSIBLE MISTAKES...its worth the money.