For years now, urban planners have predicted that homebuyers would opt for smaller houses in more urban-style neighborhoods when the real estate market recovers.
That's true for some. But with housing the cheapest it has been in decades, some buyers are returning to the large suburban tract homes that were hallmarks of the housing boom.
Homebuilders and housing experts say sales of larger homes have picked up in recent months, driven by customer demand.
"There's a sense of recession fatigue. People are just tired and ready to move on," said Chris Cady, Central California division president forKB Home.