Dog vs Buyer

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Venture Home Realty BK3230129

Today was an interesting day of showings.  I had a buyer that was terrified of dogs and sure enough, every home we entered had a dog we encountered.

At first it was kind of funny to see a full grown man about 6'2" and 280lbs, on one leg trying to get every piece of flesh he had away from a 20lb dog, like an elephant reacting to a mouse.  But at the 3rd home I really started feeling bad he was so uncomfortable seeing these homes.  If that's what you could call it?  He was more worried about where the dog was, than what the home looked like.  When I asked him if he was going to be ok, he said "Yeah, but it's a good thing I don't show homes for a living."

It was a good reminder for me to make sure my sellers know why it's important to put their pets in creates or simply remove them from the property during showings.  It could mean the difference from an offer and no offer.

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Sheryl Lynn Webster

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Comments (4)

Emily Medvec
eXp Realty LLC - Santa Fe, NM
Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM

Your concern for your client clearly made a difference. Dogs in crates or away are always the best option for both the buyer and the dogs!

Sep 01, 2010 03:18 PM
Michael Bergin
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - ABR - SRES - Alexandria, VA
Northern Virginia Real Estate

I will not go to a home where the dog is not secured. I love dogs and know how to handle most of them, but they can be a loose cannon, after all he is just protecting his family and his home.

 I feel for your client.

Sep 01, 2010 03:18 PM
Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT

I know a lot of dog owners that believe that everyone will love their dog as much as they do. Most people who aren't dog-people do not want an owners loose animal roaming the house during a showing. It is a liabilty. It is distracting. It is a health issue because some are allergic to animals. Remove them. Crating is another option but it's a compromised 2nd choice.

Sep 01, 2010 03:21 PM
Bob & Carolin Benjamin
Benjamin Realty LLC - Gold Canyon, AZ
East Phoenix Arizona Homes

We will not go to homes where there are unsecured animals -- its not worth the liability. Never know when a "friendly" dog will become one that attacks.

Sep 01, 2010 06:02 PM