Jacqueline gave you sound advise. Let me add work with a broker who knows the area. If you are looking for an investment property where you are going to rent as well make sure you use a broker who is also versed in leasing.
You may want to consider purchasing a building that a) needs rehabbing (low investment), and b) has a vacant lot adjacent. The reason is that you can potentially buy the vacant lot for as little as $1000 then knock down the building and build all new.
There are rules/regs that apply, i.e., owner/occupancy, but it's an option. Check it out: