why is there a compulsive need by builders and contractors to build home of 4,000 square feet?

Asked by Betsy, 19301 Mon Oct 13, 2008

who benefits besides the builder and contractor? they are too costly to maintain with respect to utilities and property taxes.

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Mim Heisey, , Shippensburg, PA
Thu Oct 16, 2008
Bottom Line: Builders will build what buyers will buy! There may be some lag time, bu the market WILL adjust to what the demand is.
in my area- the Cumberland valley of S Central PA-- there are lots of 1500-2000sf homes being built --and Sold, I might add. THere are also a few of those McMansions you referred to. Apparenly those builders feel that there is still a market, and that is their perogative, isn't it?
If you are looking for a new home, I hope you have good sucess finding one. Sounds like you are aware that bigger is not always better : )
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Betsy, Home Buyer, 19301
Wed Oct 15, 2008
finding responses interesting -- but they continue to built them and building them bigger but downsizing parcel (one acre to 1/2 acre lots) -- from a tax perspective logic fails too -- new homes afford double depreciation but c'mon you have to make those kinds of dollars to need those tax deductions -- one and one is always going to equal two but dilution of 1 has been going to extremes -- living in your dream house should not result in nightmares -- perhaps I am very naive but do not believe that John Q Public makes over $100M as status quo -- in conversations with other folks at open houses and the like -- they too are asking for the same thing -- so I know that I am not alone --
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Mim Heisey, , Shippensburg, PA
Tue Oct 14, 2008
Just a quick follow-up. You might want to read this article by a recognized 'expert' in real estate and investments. He says it far better than I could.
-just copy and paste the link below.

hope it helps
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Mim Heisey, , Shippensburg, PA
Tue Oct 14, 2008
You have received three good, on track answers.
As to "who benefits?" As long as they were selling, the economy benefitted, and that spilled over into what other goods and services builders and their workmen could buy, ..and bankers ...and realtors ...and the utility company employees, and .......! And don't forget the tax bill that was paid by all those transfer taxes.(And yes there has been far too much fraud and greedy in the mix as well.)

It is a much more complicated picture than just one sectors' over-build or greed, or lack of restraint, however. (Isn't it always??). I'm afraid there is more than enough blame to go around for the escalating expense of housing.
(What follows is a bit of preaching, so maybe you want to log off now and go read something else.)

Can you remember back 3 years? Go back and read the headlines, and the articles that followed, from 2004 and 2005. There was a 'hurry and don't be left behind in getting your piece of the American dream' fervency in the air. What we collectively chose to forget was that there has been a lot of hard work and sound financial principles that have in the past, and still need to, accompany that growth. In my humble opinion, we are now (Collectively) suffering for our (COLLECTIVE) lack of restraint and discipline.

Just like an out of shape, overweight, stress loaded patient that has gotten a wakeup call from a nasty heart attack, we have a choice. Are we willling to (COLLECTIVELY) knuckle down and pay up and get back to basics? If we are we have a good chance of learning a valuable lesson from our mistakes and start growing healthy financially again.
Just a thought, Thanks for listening.
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Scott Godzyk, Agent, Manchester, NH
Tue Oct 14, 2008
It is all about the profit margin. they can make more money on a McMansion than starter homes. However i have seen a huge swing backwards as the builders who are still building have reduced teh size and prices of the houses. unfortanately i think some quality is being reduced as well
Web Reference:  http://www.ScottSellsNH.com
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Michael D De…, , 18969
Tue Oct 14, 2008
It is just supply and demand. However, those same contractors may wish that they hadn't built so many oversized homes when they can't sell them due to a shift in the market. They took a risk to make a lot of money and it just may backfire for some of them. There are smaller, more managable homes available as well. Good luck in your search!

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Sharon Harris, Agent, Hanover, PA
Tue Oct 14, 2008
During the housing boom this what buyers where looking for. It was the American dream. Loans where easy to obtain and given out in large amounts! Newer developments wanted there devolpment to be bigger and better then the next. it all got out of hand as you can tell by the news.
You can get a private builder to built the type of home you are looking for. And yes you are right these larger homes are very expensive to heat and maintain. that is why you see lots of them right back on the market!
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