If you think somehow that home sales will remain low, your best bet might be to purchase some rentals at today's low prices.
Those buyers with the wherewithal might invest in a low-priced investment property and turn it into a rental.
Is this lucrative? Many time yes. When you consider the time value of money and the interest rates banks aren't paying on money in their BANK.
Yes it is some work. but at least you can measure your investments success and failure by something other than a report on paper from Wall street.