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‘Are Homeowners Downsizing? Lots’

  • Fri Sep 2 2016, 4:29 pm
By James D. York, PA

July 29, 2016

‘Are Homeowners Downsizing? Lots’

By James D. York, P.A.

With all the baby boomers at or nearing retirement these days, we hear quite a bit about downsizing of homes. A recent “Eye on Housing” blog by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) reports on another type of downsizing going on: house lots.

In 2015, the median lot size for a newly constructed single-family home fell to under 8,600 square feet. That’s a record low since the U.S. Census Bureau started tracking this statistic.

For perspective, an acre is 43,560 square feet. Paul Emrath, NAHB’s Vice President for Survey and Housing Policy Research, uses a football field analogy to help with visualization. Currently, 5.6 median house lots would fit between the goal lines.

Sounds crowded. But then, less land does mean lower taxes, and less time and money spent on yard maintenance.  The statistics vary significantly by geographical area, with the smallest median lot size in the Pacific region at .15 acres (6534 square feet).

The largest lots are in New England, where low population density is required by many local zoning regulations. Their median lot is .51 acres, or 22,216 square feet. Florida, along with the rest of the South and Middle Atlantic regions, has a median .20 acre home lot. The West South Central region is .16 acres, Mountain .17, West North Central .22, East North Central .24, and East North Central .30 acres.

Whatever size lot—or home—you need, we’ll be happy to help. Just give us a call.

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