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For the past three years, the average size of new homes has been on the . The median new-home size in 2012 reached a record high at 2,306 square feet, according to newly released data from the Census Bureau. That is an 8 percent increase from 2009.

During the , Americans showed a preference for smaller homes, and many housing experts were saying it meant the end of the McMansion.

But , a regional president for homebuilder Lennar, told CNNMoney that it wasn’t that Americans wanted less space, they just couldn’t afford more space at the time.

Now, they’re upsizing again. A spokeswoman for Homes says that the builder has been selling homes that average 7 percent larger than during the first five months of 2012.

Some consumers are choosing to larger because they have more people under their roof. Lennar offers homes known as , which feature separate suites for a mother-in- or college grad who has moved back home.

Home shoppers tend to buy bigger than what they originally plan, , a spokesman for , told CNNMoney.

“In the downturns, in upturns, whenever, our customers typically added another 18 to 20 percent of floor space onto what already was a very nice house to begin with,” Cooper says.

Source: http://realtormag.realtor.org/daily-/2013/06/04/downsizing-trend-reverses-americans-want-big-homes-again

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