Big Houses are Making a Comeback

December 21, 2012

Home owners are desiring bigger spaces again, following five years of downsizing trends.

Average sizes of newly built homes increased 3.7 percent last year over 2010, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. That marked the first increase since 2007. And builders are reporting higher demand for larger homes this year. 

A recent survey by PulteGroup showed that 84 percent of home owners between the ages of 18-59 have no intentions of downsizing, even among Baby Boomers. 

"There appears to be a renewed sense of optimism in housing,” says Deborah Meyer, PulteGroup’s chief marketing officer. “Homebuyers, regardless of their stage of life, still want and need larger homes. Consistent with our consumer research, the survey results show that today's buyers are equally focused on more efficient use of the spaces within their homes."

The need for more space may be coming from the growing number of people living under one roof, as multi-generations move in together. 

A recent survey by the American Institute of Architects shows a higher demand for multi-generational housing. The survey also showed more home owners upsizing their current homes. Fifty-eight percent of architects reported higher interest in additions and remodels, which is up from 35 percent one year ago. Kitchen and baths topped the list. 

While the desire for larger homes bodes well for home builders, “they may also add optimism to the upper end of the market, and all those so-called "McMansions"—generally considered in the 3,000- to 5,000-square-foot range—many of which lost significant value during the housing crash,” reports CNBC’s Diana Olick. 

Source: “McMansions Return: Why Big Houses Are Coming Back,” CNBC (Dec. 17, 2012)

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