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When it comes to houses, size matters. But square footage is just one of many dimensions over which American homeowners obsess. Financial writer McGinn peeks through the hedge to discover more about our infatuation with houses. One major factor he identifies is the changing demographics and economics of home ownership. More than two-thirds of Americans are homeowners today and with home values escalating rapidly since 2000, homes have evolved from nests into nest eggs. Beyond the capital involved, houses have always been viewed as status symbols, so there's a tremendous amount of emotion invested in them. McGinn points to the rise of the Home & Garden Television network and shows like PBS's This Old Houseas reflections of our fascination with home ownership. He interviews realtors, contractors, architects, prospective home buyers, and home owners nationwide in various stages of building or renovating to get the real deal on why we're so hopelessly hooked on our homes. Despite the deflating housing market bubble, this book will make good use of prime real estate in public library business collections.
—Carol J. Elsen