The problem now for the likes of AARP members is that that a town house in the 70's cost around $20,000 but is now valued at at $ 2 million and there is now way wages could have ever kept up.
All right now recommended borrowing for AARP members is between 25%-30% of the gross monthly household income says Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors in Washington. But some AARP members have taken out low cost start up finance which escalates over time and so are now needing to set aside 40-50 percent of their gross monthly income to cover housing costs.
AARP members are not alone around the world house prices increase faster than wages and many countries such as the UK have seen property prices crash leaving negative equity situations. Maybe speculators who drove the markets up will suffer losses but many other innocent AARP members will also suffer as well.