Depending on what you are willing to spend, there could be a lot of choices for you, as real estate in the area continues to be very affordable compared to other areas of the country. In regards to purchasing, there are rehab loans available. First time buyer progrmas, FHA, SONYMA may also be good choices.
Feel free to contact me!
I always love to hear from people planning to move back into our beautiful city. I live in and work in Buffalo's Elmwood Village. Are you planning on living right in downtown, Allentown, Elmwood Village, Delaware District, The Cottage District? There are a ton of unique little "pockets" in and around the city. The area (as I'm sure you know) has been seeing quite the resurgence. The water front development and the medical campus have been incredible driving forces and doing wonders for city life.
As far as financing, you have a lot of options but it will depend greatly on your criteria and what you're looking for.
Please feel free to contact me at your convenience. I would be happy to answer any questions that you may have and start you on the right path.
Licensed Real Estate Broker
HUNT Real Estate ERA