If where you live is also where you work right now, you may decide that a little extra space is worth looking for a home a little farther away than you planned. Or even a lot farther away, if you work for a company that has declared you can work from anywhere, permanently. Or you may decide to buy a house, whatever its square footage, because you feel so connected to a neighborhood, a school, or a community.
The most important thing is to make sure the house you buy fits your priorities and your budget, no matter where it’s located. Think about how long you plan to live in the house: are you looking for something that will suit your needs for the next 5 years, then move up? Or (like us), do you hope to stay in the house for a long time? Do you think you might start (or add to) your family while you live there? Are you settled in your area, or is it possible you may want to make a big move? At the same time, remember that you can’t plan for every contingency. After all, none of us could have predicted 2020!