New investor

Being new at this, I’m being inundated with information, courses, offers, and deals. I’ve been learning for a few months and now want to move forward on finding deals. I’ve got a decent FICO, 750+ and some cash in the bank, so I’m tending towards rehabbing with hard money lenders providing the funds. Also I want to do this in a couple of target states, NY, FL, OH, and I’m from CA. Does this sound like a reasonable idea? I would appreciate hearing about your experiences.

On the topic of email…I’ve gotten emails from someone calling themselves the CASHMAN, has anyone dealt with this person before? Has anyone bought houses from Loopnet, Bid4Assets, Craigslist, or eBay? I found some interesting price differentials if you look at these listing sites.