Be sure to have money in the bank and financing in place before you embark, otherwise you're wasting peoples' time, including yours. Save as much as you can in the meantime, fixer-uppers can gobble unbelievable amounts of cash upfront, especially once city code enforcement has it on their radar.
Well said. This cannot be stressed enough. People have one of two reacatons. 1) Oooo, I can't buy. Or 2) Hey, I'm in better shape than I thought. Good luck