This. Why don't people get this? Free markets always adjust so the price of anything in limited supply is higher than the average person can pay. The most desirable real estate will ALWAYS be out of the reach of José Sixpack. What has changed in my lifetime is the cost of food and of manufactured products, which have declined tremendously. The average person can bury themselves in manufactured stuff, they will just have to continue to do it in the middling Zip codes.