More and more we are coming across the question concerning whether dogs should be allowed in community living. I understand that due to allergies and or fears dogs can be an issue. But let's be honest, if you look at the demographics of people moving to Evanston (especially near downtown and the lake), are restrictive buildings discriminating against potential buyers?
As part of a team that sells property in both Chicago and Evanston we are finding that many of the buyers for condominiums and cooperatives have some sort of animal. More often than not these potential neighbors are moving to the area because they wish to walk their dog and enjoy the many advantages of near-lake living. We have had to turn away multiple offers, often for list price, because a building will not accept a dog. We have even had offers where the buyer has an elder pet and agrees not to get another one when they pass.
One of the more interesting issues to arise, is that association members have actually accused our sellers of "low balling" a building when they lower their price after months on the market, even though they had multiple offers on their home that had a dog in the family.
I guess what I am asking is...
1 Are these buildings discriminating against pet owners?
2 Is there a happy middle ground?
3 Any ideas on finding non dog owners to buy these units?
4 Any ideas on how to get a building to allow dogs?
What do you think?