Realtors Efforts on Behalf of the Middle Class
The Realtor Association has taken great efforts to work with local governments and legislatures to get more zoning for affordable homes closer to work environments.
The approach of Realtors, like Larry Hoff, have been to change the housing and land-use elements of local comprehensive plans to clarify that counties and cities designate a sufficient quantity of land for housing needs in order to accomodate growth. The strong focus Realtors have is to get as much of this usage with proximity to a larger employer base than the present suburbs offer. Essentially, thier goal is to lessen the commute times for each homeowner by providing housing closer to jobs.
The Realtor Association has created Ad Campaigns as well, to inform the general public that it is trying to create a market where the Middle Class can still purchase.
Though the road to accomplishing this is going to be long, it is a worthwhile effort. The Middle Class has always been the backbone of real estate.
Look for zoning changes in your area. You might see more homes being built in what used to be business or retail areas.