You are getting some real sound opinions form my fellow colleagues. Ultimately, you should team up with a Broker who is familiar with the market you want to buy in. Nothing beats the experience of broker that knows you area as well as can run comparables so you know what is what. Viewing condos, home, apartments, etc., is a beginning actually visiting the properties will let you know even more.
Best of Luck and Happy New Years,
Manuel Brown, Broker