I’m new to this forum, and so far, really like what I’ve seen. I’m in a tough place, and need some advice from someone who really knows what they are talking about. I live in Southwest Florida, and I’m about to put my house on the market to be sold. I’ve been getting mixed advice depending on who I ask this question, so I figured this would be the best place to get the real answers. From the research that I gathered, I should have around 25k to invest after all of my expenses, after I pay down some debt etc. That should be a good 25% down payment on a decent duplex in my area. I only make about 70k/year, so that sort of limits my options. What I’m trying to figure out is, should I take the money, buy a duplex, and rent for a while? That would give me some time to gather more funds for a down payment and get ready to buy a house to live in. My concern with this is that I don’t want to get denied for my primary home loan when it comes time for me to get it. Another alternative is, getting my primary house first, and then try to get the duplex. I really want to start building my property portfolio, but don’t want to start of on the wrong foot. Also, I don’t know if this matters, but my credit score hovers around the 700s. Any other advice on getting started would be much appreciated.