In answer to your questions, typically the craftsman style homes will be cheaper than the full brick homes in a community to start out with. That being said all homes have taken a hit from a few years ago when market prices were at an all time high. The good news is that you are looking to buy a home now and there are many great homes on the market at a great price! You are paying less for the home now and if you are looking to stay in your house for a few years you should do fine. Other communities that you may also like who have homes with the craftsman style are Lindenwood, Quellin, Millbridge, Lawson, and Taylor Glenn just to name a few in the Union county area.
If you would like any more info on the Union County area, schools, homes etc...please do not hesitate to contact me. I would be happy to answer any of your questions and concerns directly. Good luck!