We all started out that way, so don't get discouraged. Many people will just never do it.., that jump is just way too much risk...and thatâ€™s ok. For those who want to get into investing, joining a group would be a great idea. I am an investor and work with other people who are investors, lenders, insurance agents, title personnel and Escrow Agents, so lots of exposure. In the beginning I was an auto mechanic, back in the day. I sat down with a pencil and paper and literally listed all the positive things that were associated with buying a fixer rental house and how to do it, then another list with the negative things that could happen and what the results could be. Pencil in safeguards. For every attack there is a defense.
This Trulia group is a good source of info for questions you may have. You will also find over time that you may like to have a few people you trust around you also, who are seasoned in the business. Get all the facts, do it like a Business Plan... be serious about it and never take it lightly. Remember too, No Risk... No Gain. :)