I am a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Riverland Realty in Dunnellon, Fl. I am an expert on properties in the western part of Marion County. We have a lot of inventory in our area, so finding a home at a great price would be no problem at all. Dunnellon is quite a bit smaller than Ocala, but is only 20 minutes to the west. I would be happy to send some information on properties in the area if your interested. We are also only about 20 minutes from the Gulf of Mexico and the town of Crystal River. We have two beautiful rivers, plenty of shopping, and lots of golf courses without all of the traffic.
The only problem with Bank owned homes is that they tend to take a long time to respond to an offer. In some cases up to 2 months. You can get a great deal on a bank owned home, however. You would just need to be patient when an offer is submitted. In this area there is so much for sale, that you will find great prices on most homes. I'll send you an email with more info.
Coldwell Banker Riverland Realty