How can you get a program that's not expensive and really effective? I guess you can wish upon a star. Or, you can make sure you're born to parents who are expert investors and willing to give you all their knowledge for free.
I have posted numerous times on the real estate website http://www.reiclub.com - as TMCG -
anyway - you're probably talking about wholesaling properties. In New York - this can be very difficult. Investing in real estate is tempermental to the market you live in. If you're upstate - then wholesaling may be a reasonable approach to investing.
[you can copy and paste that link to a good book - like 10 bucks on amazon].
With any investment, there are risks though - you've got to be fully prepared for all of them. My suggestion to you is to hit the books. Get a foundation of knowledge. Good luck.
Having a real estate license can work as a disadvantage for your own investing...make yourself familiar with the NAR Code of Ethics and the Rules of MLS.