Homebuying How To: Negotiating Wants and Needs

The line between wants and needs is often blurry, and separating them is tough. Learn how to think about the difference— separate the essentials from the nice-to-haves with this worksheet, and let your RE/MAX Masterpiece agent help you find your dream home on the Treasure Coast.

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Starting with your dream home— where is it, and what sets it apart from any other home on the market? Is it close to the beaches on Hutchinson Island? Is it in PGA Village overlooking the Par 3 of the Legacy Course?  Luckily for you, you won’t have to close your eyes to dream of your home.

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If you’re ready to shop for homes, RE/MAX Masterpiece agents are here to help you dream with your eyes open. Working with your budget, your RE/MAX Masterpiece agent will guide you in the right direction of how that additional bedroom you definitely need or that pool you think you need will impact your budget.

Living in South Florida, where the weather is always sunny and warm, you may find yourself saying, “it might be nice to have a pool,” however, with beaches being so close to many Treasure Coast communities from Fort Pierce all the way down to Palm City, you may find yourself saying, “why spend extra on the pool, when the beach is practically in my backyard?” In either situation, a want can be looked at as something you can add to your home, or change on your own, and is not something that will necessarily impact your decision on whether you want to put an offer in on the home.

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A need can be thought of as something that would kill the deal. If your RE/MAX Masterpiece agent presents a turn-key listing to you in a gated community, 10 minutes away from the beach, with a pool as a community amenity, will not having a pool directly in your backyard really kill the deal? All of a sudden that pool you were envisioning takes a back seat when considering other bigger picture factors of the listing at hand—while it may not have the pool you thought you needed, it does have plenty of room to add on a pool in the future, is move-in ready, and offers an extra bedroom in addition to the amount of rooms you thought you wanted, which is perfect for any growing family.


As you dream up your next home and take all factors into consideration, you will begin to negotiate your wants and needs and build a better picture of your dream home, and the best way to do so is to let a Treasure Coast RE/MAX Masterpiece agent take a look at your worksheet and make your dream a reality. Contact us today and let a RE/MAX Masterpiece agent open up the door to your dream home.


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