It now appears that the recession may compel more homeowners to downsize. With a growing number having difficulty paying for and maintaining their McMansions, some are looking for smaller more energy efficient homes in an attempt to reduce both their monthly housing expenses and the physical effort required in taking care of larger homes.
Recent studies seem to indicate that both young and old are willing to give up the prestige associated with large, expensive homes in order to gain financial security and personal time. In just the past two years the median home size has decreased by almost 10%. With home sizes having grown by about 50% since the 1970s, many consumers now realize that they really don’t need the extra space; but what they are demanding is a more efficient use of the space they purchase.
And while the increase in first-time buyers and the scarcity of move-ups has skewed the house size numbers, the reality is that the change is likely to remain. Rising interest rates and tightened lending rules will force many buyers to spend less; and the continued concern about rising energy and maintenance costs will result in the production of homes with fewer rooms, less wasted space, more dual function areas, and the elimination of rarely used “formal” areas. Buyers will demand efficiency and practicality, but will also expect imaginative use of space that emphasizes both style and comfort.
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