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Small Solutions: New Homes Shrink

After more than two decades of expanding floor plans, the super-sized trend is finally reversing. With the bevy of pre-owned and foreclosed McMansions on the market, developers are scrambling for a new stategy to entice first-time the buyers who are still actually buying. Best way? Surprise, surprise: go small -- in size and pricetag. These homes are budget, top to bottom, from the chic laminate countertops and warm energy-saving fluorescent glow. One analyst calls it "undoing the excesses." But if tastes are changing, what do with all those big boxes still on the market? [SF Gate]