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Report on Americans Preferring Small Homes

Are You Part of the Small-House Trend?

Talk about bloated: in the past 50 years, the American house size has increased by 230 percent! At the same time, the number of occupants per home decreased by 23 percent. However, the past several years have seen a reversal of this supersizing. According to the National Association of Home Builders, new single-family home sizes went from 2,521 square feet in 2007 to 2,377 square feet in 2010 — and the trend seems to be going even smaller. According to a new report from Atlanta-based marketing agency Kleber and Associates, more than one-third of Americans say their ideal home size is less than 2,000 square feet, and efficiency is a major factor in their home.

I live in a small house myself: at 1,200 square feet and two bedrooms, it can feel a little small at times. But my German husband and I prefer to think of it as gemütlich — feeling cozy, warm, and welcoming. What about you? Are you interested in downsizing if you're in a large home? If you live in a small home, are you a fan of its diminutive proportions?

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