I am a long time lurker here and hope this thread doesn't draw mass flaming. I rode the real estate boom in sw florida since 2000. I quit my job and started buying and selling homes and made a nice living. In 2005 I made more money than I thought ever possible. Last year it was scary how little I made and just today I sold my last home and escaped the falling prices here. I am not at all interested in going back to a 9-5 life and love self employment. Im sure you are asked this too often but where do I start? I watch cnbc and they are having a fit over this market and say it is a wave and we need to ride it. I have a nice chunk of change and no debt and have paid off my home so I have time to learn. Thanks for any help.