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Selling your home - DOGS!

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty Boston NW

PLEASE, homeowners...when selling your home, remove your dogs from your home when you have a showing appointment scheduled. YOUR DOG IS FRIENDLY? How do you know your dog is friendly to strangers when you aren't home?

I had an appointment to show a home, which I had scheduled a day ahead of time, due to pets in the home. I arrived punctually with my buyers, a great couple, and the day was enjoyable thus far. We walked up to the home, and I rang the bell and knocked, as I always do, in case someone was still home. No answer, so I proceeded to open the lockbox. As I opened the front door, I peered inside, Iandheard a BARK, so all 3 of us peeked around the corner down the hallway to the kitchen.

There was a small baby gate about 2 feet high across the doorway, and peering over it were FIVE dogs! I know I definitely saw the heads of a Rottweiler, a Doberman and a German Shepherd, all pushing againts the gate, growling, ready to leap over! Then suddenly they all turned around and disappeared out the back!

The adrenalin rush was INTENSE, as first, I felt relief that they were retreating, but then an eerie feeling came over me when I realized it was TOO quiet, and the dogs had some INTENTION!

The husband leaned back off the tiny front porch and looked down the gangway sidewalk leading to the backyard...HERE THEY COME! he screamed!!!

Well, I can tell you that was the quickest I EVER put a lockbox back together in 18 years of real estate!!!!

We scrambled and raced  to the car like we were all in a 50-yd dash (thank god for that little auto opener on my key ring!) and the last car door was closed just as the snout of the doberman was about to be inside the car, and we were shaking and sweating and swearing....and finally, when it was all over - laughing!

Needless to say, that was the last house we DIDN'T see that day. We decided to regroup the next weekend.

Sadly, this is only story ONE of about 4 dog stories I have.

Owners, please, please, please...have pity! After all, we are there to help you!


Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

Do NOT take buyers in properties with loose dogs.  If the dog bites a buyer, you will be sued. 

Jul 30, 2010 11:23 AM
Roxanne & Team
Keller Williams Realty Boston NW - Maynard, MA

I had no idea the dogs were there and had been told the pets would be removed with 24 hour notice. We were completely taken by surprise.

Jul 30, 2010 11:25 AM
Paige Walker
Paige Walker - Pineville, LA
Real Estate Guru - Alexandria Pineville LA

Roxanne what a nightmare!! I hope you called the agent and shared with them! That is a serious situation in the making. What if there had been small children that couldn't be picked up and carried out quick enough?? All kinds of images are passing by........

Jul 30, 2010 11:25 AM
Jennifer Prestwich
Henderson, Thornton, Broomfield and Westminster - Henderson, CO
Madison & Co Properties

Good Lord!  Thank goodness you were all so nimble and quick!  it still never ceases to amaze me what sellers will and won't leave sitting around.  I've seen filthy dishes, dirty diapers, and stinky trash, but dogs I have yet to wrestle with.

Keep smiling!

Jul 30, 2010 11:28 AM
Roxanne & Team
Keller Williams Realty Boston NW - Maynard, MA

I've been bitten twice and chased and trapped in a basement by a large white German Shepherd while the homeowner was upstairs, finding it very funny! I've had my share of dog experiences!


Jul 30, 2010 11:53 AM
Sergio DePinto
Royal LePage Maximum Realty.,Brokerage - Greater Toronto Area - Vaughan, ON

Hey Roxanne,

Having had many dog stories myself, one without a happy ending, I can sympathize and totally agree with your plea. I love dogs, really do! However, when it comes to marketing a home for sale, dogs and business don't mix well. I'm grateful that agents in my area have learned to educate Sellers in this regard.

I'm glad you shared this....


Jul 31, 2010 07:09 AM
Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale

Roxanne-I guess it does pay to be quick. Too bad Sellers like that don't appreciate incidents like yours likely add to the time on market for their house before it gets sold.

Jul 31, 2010 10:00 AM