New Homes Getting Smaller?

Well, yes – but only slightly.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the size of new homes dropped 40 square feet in the second quarter to 2,479 square feet. This is down from the previous high set in the first quarter of 2015.

According to analysts, the decrease in size could be a sign that builders are focusing more on affordable, entry-level homes. In fact, the National Association of Home Builders predicts that first-time buyers will comprise 18 percent of the market in 2015. While this is a 2 percent increase over 2014 it is far of short of the approximately 26 percent share that first-time buyers comprised in the housing market in the years 2001 to 2006.