It's even better then Trulia.
The articles are written by real estate agents, and you can find information on any topic you want, read comments from agents throughout the nation. FREE ;-)
IMHO people writing real estate "how to" books are talking generalizations. They don't focus on a particular market or to a parituclar type of buyer/investor. If it's not generalizations then it's anecdotal and again, won't apply to a specific person and/or their goals.
While you might get some good information on how to do something, inspiration, etc. from reading these books, the authors aren't there to help you personally. They wrote the book to make money from selling copies of the book. They are not giving the readers the key to the Holy Grail.
Just do it!
If you're a first time buyer, talk to an EXPERIENCED agent who has worked with first time buyers and has a proven track record. My office only works with buyers as an Exclusive Buyer Agency. My clients are well served.
If you want to leverage, diversify portfolio, etc. real estate is a great asest. But unless you're in the market to flip, think long-term real estate holdings. Again, find an agent that knows what they're doing.
No two transaactions are every alike. No two buyers are ever alike. If you want to find out how to do something, do it! But find a good agent to help you through the process. You'll be glad you did.
From a practical point of view "trulia" Questions & Answers, offers practical in the trenches perspective of what the current trends are for buyers, sellers, and agents.
There are many more formal real estate resources, but this format is one that should not be overlooked.
Roxem, our recommendation is to consider Trulia a valid resource. There is much to be learned from this forum.....
Thank you for the post.