Americans are now expanding their vision of how big a home they want to live in. The Census Bureau reports the average size of a newly built home in 2011 was 2480 square feet. That was 3.7% bigger than the average size in 2010 — and the first annual increase since 2007! Record-low interest rates are also allowing buyers to move up in size for virtually the same mortgage payments. The trend helped boost the average new home price in April to $282,600, up more than 5% over a year ago.