Reblogging! J. Philip Faranda's "What is it About Real Estate Agents and Dogs?"

Reblogger Mona Gersky
Real Estate Broker/Owner with MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC NC# 218097

J Philip Faranda is just plain out a terrific writer.  His conversational style makes all topics a pleasure to read.

This article is about the correlation between dogs and Real Estate Agents.  I like his 44 year old non-scientific reasoning because it comes from the heart.  One of the nice things about participating in ActiveRain is a chance to share our appreciation of our 4 legged companions and to open ourselves up to consumers seeing that aspect of ourselves shining through.

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Original content by J. Philip Faranda License # 49FA1074963

MaxThis is one of those topics I have been meaning to write about for a dog's age (sorry) and I finally have the time and inspiration to do just that. 

It is my view that an inordinate percentage of real estate agents are dog lovers. Canine devotees. Poochophiles. And they aren't just dog owners, they rescue them  adopt them, and give them foster homes. When I peruse Facebook, I can bet that the people who are posting about a dog that needs a home are real estate licensees. 

My very non-scientific observation in my 44 years is that a higher percentage of real estate people are dog people than any other occupation I know. Their dogs were always in their print and home magazine ads, they are on their web pages, in their cars, and often in their offices. They love their dogs. Actually, I should say WE love our dogs because I am one of them. We own a rescued 90 pound purebred German Shepherd who is a big goofy loveball, thinks I am the cats meow the greatest guy in the world, and adores the children. Before Max we had two yellow labs, Logan and Bella, and Logan was also a rescue who was nursed back from heartworm and near death. 

I was around dogs when I was a kid. That's my excuse. Do dogs cause people go go into real estate, or is it something else that causes the canine mania in so many of my colleagues? 

I actually think that the dog things does go hand in hand with a love of homes. Dogs make a house a home. They bring love and warmth, companionship and warm fuzzies. And when you are all about a home, a dog is not a far leap. 

But I think it is deeper than that, and I think what I am about to say should make our profession proud. We have compassion. By and large we are a benevolent group. Sure, there are some crummy, mercenary shazbuts in our ranks but overall we're a home loving (often dog loving), softed hearted crowd. If we weren't we wouldn't be so devoted to our furry family. 

Reading so many blogs and listening to my own team of agents, we lose sleep over our clients. We mother hen. We worry. We SO want them to win. We invest our selves and our efforts in a happy outcome for them. We literally bet our income we can make a difference for them. The public might think that all we see is a commission, but that's the minority. When we look at our clients, we see a noble mission. Is it any wonder that so many of us see the same when we look into a dog's eyes? 

That's my theory- any other ideas? 

Duchess, around 1978


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Connie Goodrich
Keller Williams Realty - McKinney, TX
CRS ABR (McKinney Realtor)Texas

Love those dogs too!  Lots of fine comparison and thoughts that J. Phillip shared.  I had a client that only could view homes with no cats or dogs - whole family highly allergic.  The task was difficult because most of the properties usually have one or both.  Many people love those pets too!

Jan 28, 2012 05:34 AM #1
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

Great post for a reblog.  I'm going to head over to his blog to comment.  I'm one that has my dog in my photo - not this profile photo, but on my signature at the end of my blog posts :-) Kasey

Jan 28, 2012 08:28 AM #2
Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

Mona, I also enjoyed this post by J. Philip. We are the dog lovers aren't we? :)

Jan 28, 2012 09:10 AM #3
Cindy Edwards
RE/MAX Checkmate - Johnson City, TN
CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677

I love this post.  I have two dogs!  I like his theory, makes good sense.  I have to go feed my dogs.....

Jan 28, 2012 10:07 AM #4
Mona Gersky
MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC - Sylva, NC
GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate.

Connie, it is's very difficult to find a home to show that doesn't have dogs or cats.  I find that people have more difficulty with cat dander than dogs.

Kasey, dogs and kids are part of the family, part of what makes us who we are.  I've seen the dog in your photo..very cute.

Connie, J. Philip is such a good writer and it's wonderful to know there are so many dog lovers in the Rain.

Cindy, seems like we always have something to do for the dogs.  The Office Manager just finished her evening game of tennis ball.

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