Portland, Maine is like it's own state. Maine's biggest metro area is wildly different from it's neighboring cities and towns, with a real estate market that can only be described as bananas. Auburn, still arguably a metro area with a downtown and plenty of restaurants, is still very different from Portland in the area of real estate. Your money in Auburn can get you a lot more than it can in Portland.

If you have a house shopping budget of $130,000, here's what that money will buy you in Auburn.

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Clean, livable, and cute is what you'll find in your price range in Auburn. The single family home at 81 Harvard Street in Auburn boasts 1500 square feet with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a great kitchen with a breakfast bar for the family.

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For the same price tag in Portland, you'll find the property at 97 Belfort Street.

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It's also a single family home, but you won't find a single thing inside, unless you're shopping for a dusty shell of a structure. Yikes. It's not even financeable so I hope your budget is all in cash.

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