Pet-Friendly Homes in Boca Raton, FL
ARE YOU LOOKING FOR PET FRIENDLY HOMES IN BOCA RATON FL?
People searching for pet-friendly homes in Boca Raton FL often run into problems. I know; I get the calls. Pet friendly can mean different things to many people. The condo you saw online may accept one cat but no dogs, or it may accept one dog with a maximum weight of 25 pounds or two dogs maximum 60 pounds. You need to know up front what you are dealing with. What are the pet regulations of the community you are looking at? Do you know? Don't take, Oh, it's fine as an answer. Otherwise, you are wasting your time.
It happens all too often. People fall in love with a house in a gated community that accepts one pet when they have three, or a condo that is pet friendly to cats, fish and birds and their pet is a dog. It happens. People have called me hysterical the day before closing only to find out they were approved by the condo association but their beloved pet was not. This is a nightmare situation for a pet owner to be faced with. (No, I was not their agent!) Don't let this happen to you. If your pets are part of the family, then your dogs bring you many special gifts.
Are you looking for a home with a Golden Retriever? A condo with two small dogs or even two big dogs? A house with three dogs? This all comes into play and listings tend to be vague. Price factors in, as well. When looking for pet-friendly housing in Boca Raton FL, you must tell your agent the type of pets you have, their breeds, weights and how many you have. Multiples can be just as problematic. For example, two small dogs weighing five pounds each will likely not be accepted in a community whose regulations state one pet maximum weight of 25 pounds. Sounds crazy, I know, but true.
ARE THERE ANY COMMUNITIES THAT WILL ACCEPT MY PETS?
The answer is probably yes, but you need to know your choices will be limited. Breed, weight and price all factor in. As a pet lover and owner, I'm ok with this. My dogs are family - no two ways about it. You need to be too, especially, if you're planning to go into a gated community, condo or subdivision.
Many communities in Boca Raton FL are pet friendly. Some will accept one or two pets with a maximum weight of 25 pounds - be careful, though, some want a combined weight of 25 lbs, not 25 lbs each. Some will even accept three or more. Some will accept up to 40 pounds. And, in some communities, there are no weight restrictions but there are breed restrictions. And that brings us to the next scenario.
Some pet-friendly communities in Boca Raton FL do not allow what they consider "aggressive breeds." In Boca Raton, pet-friendly communities are not always pet friendly to restricted breeds. What is meant by restricted breeds are pit bulls, rottweilers, American Staffordshire and, in some cases, they have gone further and included other breeds such as Dobermans, German Shepherds, Chows and others. Each association is different so this needs to be checked carefully. If you have what is termed a restricted breed, I know you love him/her, but plan on buying a house on a street, not in a community.
CAN IT BE DONE?
The answer is probably yes. I have found homes for people with cats, small dogs, medium-sized dogs, multiple pets, Golden Retrievers, American Bulldogs and Labradors. Yes, it can be done but it takes time and patience. If it's a pit bull, the answer will likely be no. (Sorry!)
MY DOG DOESN'T BARK, CAN'T I SNEAK HIM IN?
Seriously? Your dog doesn't bark ever? Not even when the mailman comes by? Ok, I believe you, but I would caution you against trying to sneak them in. Someone is going to find out - for sure - and then you're going to have a problem. So why bother? Why not go to a pet-friendly community to start with and avoid the headache?
HAVE A QUESTION ON PET-FRIENDLY HOUSING? GO ON, ASK ME!
EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMAL
And so it goes... after being told the particular community they are inquiring about does not accept pets, the call goes something like this. How about if I get a doctor's letter? She could be an emotional support animal. My answer is always the same. If your pet is truly an emotional support animal, great; if not, you may get him accepted but what happens if he barks? Annoys the neighbors? Don't think for a minute your neighbors will not complain because they will. Is it really worth the headache? Why not just go to a pet-friendly community in Boca Raton and leave this for the folks who really need it? Some communities now require a pet go through full training before being declared a service animal.
For more information about pet-friendly housing in Boca Raton FL and Boca Raton Real Estate, please contact me. I am a Boca Raton Real Estate Agent and can be reached at (561) 716-7824, by text or by email at Elyse@ElyseBerman.com. Thank you for reading about pet-friendly housing in Boca Raton FL.