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CHARACTERISTICS OF NEW HOUSES

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1978 1988 1993

Central air-conditioning 58 percent 75 percent 78 percent2.5 baths or more 25 percent 42 percent 48 percent

3 baths or more NA 14 percent 14 percent

4 bedrooms or more 24 percent 26 percent 30 percent

No garage or carport 25 percent 18 percent 14 percent

2-car garage or more 52 percent 66 percent 77 percent

3-car garage or more NA NA 12 percent

Gas heat 37 percent 54 percent 66 percent

Electric heat 52 percent 37 percent 29 percent

Less than 1,600 sq. feet 46 percent 37 percent 30 percent

1,600 to 1,999 sq. feet 24 percent 22 percent 23 percent

2,000 to 2,399 sq. feet 16 percent 16 percent 18 percent

Median square footage 1,655 1,810 1,945

(Source: U.S. Census Bureau as compiled by the National Association of Home Builders)