Tracking homebuyers' fickle tastes

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Goodbye, subdivision clubhouse. Been nice knowin’ ya, whirlpool tub. Au revoir, home theater.

Consumers have always been a fickle lot, but the Great Recession seems to have pushed the accelerator pedal on some attitudes about what they want in their future homes and surrounding neighborhoods. That’s according to an annual report from Avid Ratings of Madison, Wis., which recently surveyed (in detail) an unusually large sampling of 22,000 North American consumers about their homebuying preferences.