Actually you can find this price range in the Inland Empire and the high desert. The difficulty is getting financing under a dollar amount of $50,000.Those properties are being purchased with all cash. The MLS will usually give the specifics on the property being a short sale etc. Good Luck
Theresa, Unless you are moving out of Southern CA you won't find a house for that price. When you see those prices on the internet, it is usually stating what they are behind in payments, not what the house will sell for!