How essential to young families is having a playroom for the kids? Very. And some are giving up another long-held family feature to get them--the sprawling backyard.

MarketWatch staffer Amy Hoak taps into data from the National Association of Realtors in connection with her anecdotal observations in a story that focuses on buyer priorities, particularly when the buyers are families with kids. She writes:

The biggest requirements for families with children, according to the National Association of Realtors, is what you’d expect: 62% of those with kids 18 and under say the quality of the neighborhood is important, while 50% are looking for a good school district and 49% want the home to be convenient to their jobs. Fewer said that lot size or proximity to parks and recreational facilities were a factor in choosing a home. The statistics come from the group’s 2015 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers report.
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