Downsizing the American Dream: The New Trend Toward ‘Missing Middle Housing’

After years of catering largely to the more affluent market, resulting in slowing sales from too few houses that moderate-income buyers can afford, many developers are starting to address the “missing middle housing.”

The term calls attention to the need for more diverse housing choices at affordable prices. It’s growing into a movement aimed at building more housing for middle-income people at smaller sizes, which leads to peripheral benefits, such as walkability and a greater sense of community. Missing middle housing includes duplexes, courtyard apartments, bungalow courts and multiplexes.

According to data from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), more developers across the country are beginning to cater to buyers in the middle…

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