Homes near this specialty grocery store found to have higher property values

Coke vs. Pepsi. Batman vs. Superman. Cats vs. dogs. They all make for interesting arguments, but a real estate information company took a look at a contest that matters to homeowners: if it's better buy near a Whole Foods or a Trader Joe's.

And the study shows -- buy your next house near a Trader Joe's. RealtyTrac found those living near that particular organic food store saw a greater gain in their home value.

RealtyTrac looked at home values and property taxes for more than a million homes in dozens of zip codes with at least one Whole Foods and zero Trader Joe's stores, and vice versa.

Homeowners in the same zip code as a Trader Joe's saw an average 40 percent gain in home value, while those living in the same zip code as a Whole Foods only saw an average gain of 34 percent, which is what RealtyTrac says is the average gain for all zip codes nationwide. 

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