Welcome to Ohio!
Housing prices aren't set in stone. If there aren't enough people to pay $500,000 for a house, then the price will go down until it reaches a point at which enough people will buy. That's bad for sellers, but good for buyers.
Besides, it's not like there's a law requirng a house to stand forever. Some of those neighborhoods might eventually be bought out, torn down and converted into more modest housing developments to meet market demand. That's what happened along much of Lakeshore Drive in the Grosse Pointes 30-40 years ago. The giant mansions weren't selling, so most were torn down and replaced with regular-sized homes.
"Nunez, 40, has never worked and has no high school degree."
Are you serious. 40 and has never worked a day in her life. She must suck at interviews!
I feel sorry for people out of work due to layoffs (lower demand, cost cutting measures), but to never have worked at 40 years old. A lot of these people know how to milk the system/government quite well. She could sit home and collect $600 plus $120 in food stamps a month or go and work at McDonalds and make $800 (after taxes) a month. By looking at her (free willy!) the $600 and $120 in food stamps is way better than putting in 40 hours a week for another $80!
Sorry if I sound like an ass. To be 40 and never had a job, I can't imagine. Very determined individual we have here!