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The start of the spring housing market is days away, but anyone pounding the pavement or putting up the for sale sign knows there is not a lot out there. Great for sellers, not so much for buyers. What about vacant homes? These may be the best bargains available. Sure, they'll need some loving care in a lot of cases, but if the price is right, the work will come. Check out RealtyTrac's list of cities with the most vacant homes — and the ones where housing stock is filled to the brim.

By CNBC real estate reporter Diana Olick
Posted 11 Feb. 2016.

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