Why do some small-home buyers fear a small-town renaissance?

Tiny home dwellers, many of them millennials, are now experiencing the “first wave” of a boom that will last several decades, according to analysts.

The trend is driven in part by new construction, and it’s set to continue unabated for decades to come.

The average new home built in the United States in 2017 was 2.2 square feet, according the Real Estate Institute of America.

That’s about one-third the size of the average home built back in 2000, according Census Bureau data.

“We’re seeing a big boom in smaller-scale and smaller-to-medium-sized homes,” says Peter Reitman, chief investment officer at Reitmans Wealth Management, who is also the founder and chairman of the Small Home Builders Association.

“Small- to medium-sized people are the biggest consumers of housing in America.”

A typical home built with an electrician or a plumber is more than 4 feet wide, while the average small-to, medium-size home is 4 feet, Reitmen says.

And it’s growing in popularity.

In the past two years, the number of tiny home dweller homes has more than doubled, rising from 4,904 in 2017 to 12,716 in 2018, according data from Reitmans.

“They’re getting the tools they need to get the jobs,” he says.

“The economy is good, the housing market is good.

We’re just seeing people being able to move into more and more communities.”

While many small-house buyers have come to rely on home-sharing as a means of housing, Reithman says they’re also becoming more comfortable renting out the properties.

“There’s a growing interest among people who are homeowners and renters,” he said.

“It’s a much easier move.”

The trend has also caught the attention of the federal government, which is considering a plan to build more tiny homes in the future.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development recently unveiled a proposal to build millions of homes with energy-efficient insulation and a range of small-size technologies, like solar panels.

It would also create a federal task force to develop small-unit housing standards, including the ability to buy a unit with an attached bedroom.

Many tiny home builders are skeptical of such an ambitious plan, saying that building a home with a single bedroom could prove too costly, and that even a single-bedroom can be a good investment if it can provide adequate storage space.

The proposal, though, comes at a time when the cost of energy is rising and homeownership rates are plummeting, says Josh Shapiro, director of policy at the National Association of Realtors.

The real estate industry is struggling to meet demand for homes with a range, and with the rising cost of solar panels, the trend could only accelerate, he says, because consumers are buying more electric cars.

Shapiro predicts that by 2035, a third of all homes built with solar panels or wind turbines will be built with small units.

“They’re going to go up to more than two bedrooms, and they’re going get into bigger rooms,” he explains.

“That will accelerate the pace of that growth.”

Small-home owners like David Fennell have embraced the trend.

After he purchased his house in 2016 with his girlfriend in Georgia, he moved into it in July, and by the end of the year, he had spent $1,000 on insulation.

“You’re building an insulated house and you’re building a small home, and you can afford it,” he told The Hill.

His house, he said, is now “one of the most insulated homes in my entire house.”

With the help of a small investment, he and his girlfriend are planning to move in next month, and he’s planning to live in a studio in their newly remodeled home, with a basement and a full kitchen and living room.

He’s also considering a bigger house with a larger yard, as well as a smaller one with more bedrooms, which he believes will give him a much bigger footprint.

“I think it’s going to be much easier to live here, and I think it will be much more cost-effective,” he predicts.

“If I could afford it, I would definitely want to live there.”

Even as they’re experiencing the first wave of the trend, Fennells worries about the effect it could have on their families.

“In a small place like ours, the kids will come home, you’ll have to make decisions about where you put them, what you do with the yard,” he explained.

“And it’s not really clear how you’re going, for example, to feed them in a small town.”

But Fennelly says the trend is not a bad thing.

He says he sees the benefits of small homes.

“All the good things about small-scale living is that you can build something