Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Is the American dream shrinking ?

Is the American dream shrinking ?  (1).  Home ownership has long been a symbol of the American Dream and for a while there, we supersized it. But since the recession, we've been downsizing it.The median home size in America was near 2,300 square feet at the peak of the market in 2007, with many McMansions topping 10,000. Today, the median home size has dropped to about 2,100 square feet and more than one-third of Americans say their ideal home size is actually under 2,000 square feet, according to a survey by real-estate site Trulia. Time Magazine recently had an article on the new fad that's taking up the American scene ,  the Tiny House Movement on TIME in May 29, 2014 (click link  ) .  This is astonishing for me that it's being "disguised" as part of the " Going Green Movement ". The BIG American family house could be a thing of the past , even Mobile homes could be things of the past . The down  sizing is probably a sign that the economic future is really bad in this country . SURE the TINY houses are vary cutie , but is this what Americans want ? The economic rift is going to force Americans to have fewer children , and live in small affordable accommodations .  That's the trend that I am seeing , along with less wages and un affordability of homes the tiny homes are America's future.

*** The Small house idea was put forth in Sarah Susanka book ,  an architect and the author of The Not So Big House book series. (1) .Tiny homes, defined as 500 square feet or less, allow people to cut their housing expenses, live simply, and go mortgage-free. Such homes weren’t considered so tiny by historical standards. In 1950, single-family homes averaged 983 square feet, according to the National Association of Home Builders.Who’s occupying these “tiny” homes? The largest share — 23 percent — of “tiny home” inhabitants are between ages 31 and 40, according to The Tiny Life blog, which conducted a nationwide survey of more than 2,600 people. Sixty-one percent of respondents said they had zero credit-card debt.

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