Patrick: One of the key elements in real estate investing is financing that meets your needs. There are some interesting strategies and products that might work for you. This blog is one I would bookmark for current and future reference:
In the Bay Area, check out The Real Estate Guys. Not a blog, but a nationally syndicated radio show along with a newsletter and modestly priced educational program designed to develop real estate investors. Some free events, too. Brian Brady's blog is an excellent resource, too.