Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Study Says New Homes Bigger, Have More Frills.(New Mexico & The West)

Byline: Leanne Potts, Journal

While not many people can afford houses worthy of a dot-commer, the era's taste for luxury digs has trickled down to Burbville.

A new study by the National Association of Home Builders shows that most of the homes being built today are a whole lot bigger than the ones we grew up in. The NAHB found the average new U.S. house had grown to 2,260 square feet by June of this year.

That's up about 50 percent from 1970, when the average new home was a paltry 1,500 square feet. And it's more than twice as big as the average new house of 1949, which was just 983 square feet.

Even in Albuquerque, which is at the bottom of most standard-of-living rankings, houses are getting bigger. …

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