IF I sell my current house for what I want to sell it for, I will have a decent down payment. In that case, up to $90,000. If not, it goes down dramatically. There's not much to be had for under $100K unless I can find a REO that is in a nicer neighborhood. Even if I get a house for $90K, my mortgage payment will still be cheaper than renting a house, and I won't have to worry about paying pet deposits.
I was really shocked that rent is so expensive.
My biggest concern is a good school zone. Public schools are iffy in Little Rock, from what I hear. I'm looking at another house that is in the Jefferson Elem. attendance zone. I've read some reviews of it, and it seems to be ok. It's a little more expensive, but it's huge and SEEMS to be in a nice neighborhood.
My problem is that I don't make enough to live where I want. I'm hoping that my interview goes well Friday and they make a good offer. Even a couple more dollars an hour over what I'm making now will boost my yearly income.