Lots of boat in that size/price range online. It comes down to layout, floor-plan, must haves, deal killers, etc.
We recently found what we were looking for within your price range. To get there we walked the docks, went through a lot of boats, kicked a lot of tires with selling brokers and made the list:
No cored hulls
Either a single with "get home" something & bow thruster or a twin (we bought a twin)
Steps over ladders (for our aging parents)
Front and back staircase (so anyone can wake up and make coffee without moving through someone else's cabin.
Room to sleep up to six but more often just us.
Midship master stateroom
PNW tankage (1200 nm, 300 gal of water)
Well appointed (teak, galley, genset, etc.)
Mechnically maintained and in decent shape with DIY upgrades we can handle ourselves.
There are a lot of options out there and we found the winnowing process to be a challenge that took a lot of time and discussion as most boats with our list of wants were in the 50' and $250K + range.
While the entire list was important, in our case finding a Pilothouse at 40' was one of the most limiting factors as there aren't many brands out there in this configuration at that length. KK42 was the next closest contender but typically exceeded the budget.
So, what's on your list?