Home Buying Guide: Separating Housing Wants from Needs

confused womanIf you've come across this website, you've probably been searching for homes available in the Eastside Seattle area.

We applaud your decision ‐ Issaquah, Sammamish, Snoqualmie and other locales within King County feature a wide array of properties for sale at any given time, including single-family homes, condos, townhomes and luxury homes.

The number of available properties available can be a bit overwhelming, so w'll let you in on a little trick. It involves clearly separating your housing wants from your needs well before you start your Seattle area home search. 

What Do You Really Need in Your New Home?

NEEDS are the specifics (or possibly "basics") that you simply cannot live without - these are the deal breakers. They include items such as the price range, adequate square footage and location.

In order to search for a new home efficiently, you need to clearly separate the wants from the needs. A good way to start is to sit down with your family and make a list of everything that comes to mind. You can then divide that list into the specifics that any home you consider must include (your needs) and the features it would be nice to have (your wants). The list may be different for each family member, so prepare to compromise or exercise your authority.

Examples of Housing Needs include:
  • Price range
  • Adequate square footage
  • Enough bedrooms
  • Enough bathrooms
  • Single-level home a necessity?
  • Fully fenced backyard
  • Adequate size garage or parking spaces
  • Particular school district or school boundary
  • Short commute time to the office
  • Resale value

What Do You WANT in Your New Home?

WANTS are the specifics that must be satisfied before you consider any home. They include amenities such as a specific finish-out quality, large closets, or a pool.
Examples of Housing Wants include:
  • Specific flooring, such as carpet or hardwood
  • Pool or hot tub
  • Fireplace
  • Specific architectural style
  • Specific number of floors
  • Skylights
  • A gas range or other kitchen amenities
  • Sunken tubs or large showers
  • Big closets
  • Master bedroom suite
  • A workshop or recreation room
  • Walking distance to school
  • Walking distance to shops and restaurants
  • A new home (or a previously owned home)
  • Formal living or dining rooms
  • A nice view
  • A neighborhood clubhouse

As real estate agents specializing in the neighborhoods and communities of Eastside Seattle, we can help you find the home of your dreams. If you're interested in property within Bellevue, Issaquah, Sammamish, Snoqualmie or surrounding communities, we'd love to help you as well. To do so as efficiently as possible, I encourage you to first clearly outline your housing needs and wants. Ready to search for homes? You can search for available properties in the entire Seattle metro area on this website - or contact us for immediate assistance. We promise to earn your business and become your real estate agent of choice.

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