How Much Is That Doggie In The Window Gonna Cost Ya?

Real Estate Agent with The Stark Company Realtors, Madison WI 53123-94

First of all, I am a dog lover and a cat tolerator.  

The worst part about cats is that I am allergic to them.  

The unconditional love and the desire to be part of my pack are two big reasons why I love dogs.  They make me laugh, too.  My ex used to practice his saxophone in the house, and my standard poodle, curled up by feet while I was blogging, would howl when Peter  played the blues.  The dog didn't have the blues and it was not a howl of protest, he was accompanying the music. Loved it!  

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Anyway, I wrote this part to assure you that I am not against dogs, but unfriendly or barking or, horror of horrors-a loose growling dog coming at you during a showing?  Once, my buyers and I scrambled out the door in escape, and just as the door slammed behind us that meaner-than-a-junk-yard-dog of a dog,kept attacking and barking at the door even as we escaped in the get away car.  

Kenneling your dog can be good. Right?  Felix, another buyer and I,  toured a cute bungalow, and yes, the dog was in his crate so that we did not fear for our lives, but it barked incessantly the whole time we were there.  Miracle of miracles, this is the house Felix wanted.  It was insane during a three hour inspection when the dog never stopped to take a breath or a sip of water but barked from beginning to end of our deafening time there. 


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What to do? it is difficult with employed  home-selling dog owners with real jobs.  

But Mr. and Mrs. Sellers you do want to sell you house don't you?   

Felix was the exception and he did look past all this and still wrote the offer and is now nicely settled into his new home. He has two cats.  

So here are Barbara's  Top Ten Ideas

 about what to do with with your pooch during showings when you are hardly ever home:  

  1. Doggie daycare.
  2. Grandma.
  3. Other relatives.
  4. Unemployed friends.
  5. Try contacting neighbors to see if one of them could walk Poochie around the block a few times.
  6. Craigslist or neighborhood newsletters can help you find a dog sitter for hire. Either searching the ads or placing your own ad.
  7. If you are actually able to leave work but you don't really want to: DO IT ANYWAY. Why did you list your house for sale in the first place.
  8. Turning down showings and trying to re-schedule a showing?  Only in an emergency. I have found many buyers on a tight time-frame don't reschedule or have found their dream home before they get back to your.
  9. If the buyers' Realtor calls me-the listing Realtor,  with "my very qualified and motivated out of town buyers who really want to see this house ASAP and have to get back to the opposite coast on a 6 am flight the next morning" for heaven's sake, I'll pop over and get the dog out.
  10. if your dog is  thoroughly tested, 100% guaranteed friendly to strangers and you have talked with showing agent in detail and the buyers are not fearful of dogs in general-SOMETIMES, you can get permission and leave the dog inside for the showing.

So, you warm fuzzy lovers of animals, do not let Fido contribute to your home being on the market longer than it should by turning off or sending buyers away.  Fido will be happier too.

 Bow Wow.

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1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
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Pets sure can be an issue. 

Fido wants a new home, so his owners need to take the necessary steps to make the sale of his current home happen...

Aug 03, 2010 02:45 PM #1
Dagny Eason
Dagny's Real Estate - Wilton, CT
Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo

I actually got bitten this spring pretty badly by a "friendly dog" while showing, and I'm a total dog lover ....

Aug 03, 2010 02:46 PM #2
Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro

Barbara, I just sold my neighbor's house and the dogs did make it difficult.  They took the dogs to her Mom's everytime there was a showing.  There were some times that the home could not be shown but when it was shown you could not even tell a dog lived there.

Aug 03, 2010 02:46 PM #3
Rick Irving
My Texas Home Real Estate - Fort Worth, TX
Rick Irving Knows Real Estate

Pets can be a problem even for a buyer that is a dog or cat lover. I have had some buyers walk in a home and then turn and walk out once the pet odor hit them. I think it is best to get the pets and the pet smells out of the home before showing.
Thanks for the post!

Aug 03, 2010 02:51 PM #4
Barbara Chatterton
The Stark Company Realtors, Madison WI - Madison, WI
Greater Madison Wisconsin Area Realtor

You are so right, Judi.

That is just awful, Dagny.  I got bitten by a cat once on a showing but that was probably not as bad as your experience!

Sounds like they had it pretty much under control, Marchel.  That's good.

Aug 03, 2010 02:52 PM #5
Barbara Chatterton
The Stark Company Realtors, Madison WI - Madison, WI
Greater Madison Wisconsin Area Realtor

Oh those pet smells! And some are so allergic, they can't even buy that house if they wanted too.

Thanks, Rick.

Aug 03, 2010 02:56 PM #6
Ryan Smith
Keller Williams Energy Real Estate Brokerage - Pickering, ON

The one with the curly hair?

Aug 03, 2010 02:56 PM #7
Barbara Chatterton
The Stark Company Realtors, Madison WI - Madison, WI
Greater Madison Wisconsin Area Realtor

Ryan: Or the waggly tail?

Aug 03, 2010 02:58 PM #8
Don Sabinske
Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc. - Zimmerman, MN
Sabinske & Associates Inc.

We've had clients who have left their pets home during open houses.  Makes an agent mighty uncomfortable to have to explain and babysit.  And, what about potential buyers who might have allergies.  Not a good idea.  Like your suggestions. 

Aug 03, 2010 02:59 PM #9
Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR

Barbara,  I am a dog lover, but I agree with you on this - pets should not be in the house during showings.  Even the cute little ones are a distraction when buyers walk in, because buyers start playing with them and aren't giving their undivided attention to the house. 

Aug 03, 2010 03:05 PM #10
Barbara Chatterton
The Stark Company Realtors, Madison WI - Madison, WI
Greater Madison Wisconsin Area Realtor

That is uncomfortable, Don, isn't it?  Thanks for your nice comment. I "lost" a cat once during an Open House as it ran out the door the first time someone walked in.

That is a very good point, Elyse.  Just like fascinating artwork can be distracting too.  Thanks for bringing that up.

Aug 03, 2010 03:14 PM #11
Paul Gapski
Berkshire Hathaway / Prudential Ca Realty - El Cajon, CA
619-504-8999,#1 Resource SD Relo

Thank you for sharing your blog; we need Real estate Professionals to share their comments and information regarding their markets and experiences. Thanks again from beautiful Sunny San Diego

Aug 29, 2012 10:49 AM #12
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