The shift toward sustainability in general, and low cost, DIY housing specifically, is the way forward. The trend is unmistakable as I explained in a previous post The Shift Toward Organic Architecture. Plain and simple, people are fed up with the current way of doing things. Why would someone take out a 30-year mortgage (assuming you’re one of the few who qualify) when the job market is so uncertain? Why build new when home prices are falling year after year and the value of your home will likely depreciate? You’d be underwater in no time.
Strive for truly sustainable housing, not the greenwash you see on so many sites. As much as possible, buy local, minimally processed natural materials and recycled goods. Build small. Build to last. Do as much work yourself as possible. Pay as you go and try hard not to borrow from banks. Spend adequate time on planning and you can have the home of your dreams before too long.