Realtor.com has an article today on the best U.S. cities to invest in budget real estate. Included in the top-ten cities are: Jacksonville, FL, (At #1), Chicago, IL, Detroit, MI, and Phoenix, AZ. You can read the report, and see the remainder of the list, here.
The New York Times has a piece on buyers beating out competition on sought-after properties by buying in cash, then securing financing at a later date. Depleting your savings to secure a real estate deal is not a sound investment strategy in most cases, but the article is worth a look. More, here.