I am not an agent in the Pheonix area but I have been watching the market aand think it is a great time to invest. You may not be able to find something for $30,000 but it should be enough for a down payment. Contact a local agent. Good luck!
There was an article in the Oregonian regarding the Portland Market. Analysts expect a modest 1.9 increase in prices in 2012. Click here to see article.