When my husband and I bought our first home, we finally came to the conclusion that as caffeine addicts, we needed to be within walking distance of a coffee shop.
That revelation crystallized what we were looking for, and we then almost instantly found a place that gave us a choice of a major chain with a green logo, a local place and the less ubiquitous smaller chain decorated in coffee-toned hues.
According to a new report by the National Association of Realtors, we are part of a growing movement that cares more about being close to shopping than having vaulted ceilings and a two-car garage.
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The Community Preference Survey also found that what a community offers is more important than the size of a home. Buyers were concerned with the quality of the neighborhood (88%) and schools (77%).