Dog-Friendly Realtor...How Can You Tell?

Real Estate Agent with Associate Broker, Momentum Realty
I am a Realtor, a wife, a mother and the owner of 2 four-legged babies, Emmy and Gigi.  There are times when these two dogs drive me crazy, but I love them both and they keep me grounded.
The dogs

This morning, as I prepared for a private showing of one of my upcoming listings, it occured to me that I probably wear my love for pets on my sleeve--or pants, as the case may be.

So how can you tell I am a dog-owning Realtor? Here are some of the ways:

  1. All my slacks and skirts have tell-tale slime at dog height. I try to clean it off, but inevitably, Emmy gets me as I leave
  2. The same goes for dog fur. We now have two black dogs. If you think I wear a lot of black, you would be makes it easier to be presentable.
  3. I am very punctual by nature, but if I have been working at home and have to leave for a meeting, I am likely to be a couple of minutes late. Why? I can't always get the dogs  inside!
  4. When we meet for our first listing appointment, I completely get that you are more stressed about what to do with your dog(s) during a showing than what the asking price for your home will be.
  5. I will greet your dogs with as much enthusiasm as I great you.
  6. Dog owners 'get it,' and I will help you figure out the best way to handle all your dog stuff while the house is on the market--and I won't judge!Emmy with my daughter
GigiBeing a dog owner is a huge commitment. Selling your house is a huge commitment, too. It isn't necessary that your Realtor be a dog owner, just because you are, but it sure makes it easier!
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Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA

My hounds * Cici and Pico * are such fun - they are my posse and I firmly believe that having 2 is better than just having one.....

May 10, 2012 09:25 PM #1
Peggy James
EXIT Realty Associates - Woodbridge, VA
Woodbridge Virginia Area Real Estate Specialist

Good Morning Holly- so many people own dogs.  When selling a home with a dog(s) this can be a huge stresser for the homeowner as well as the prospective buyer as well as the agent, the appraiser and all who enter. Hiring  a real estate who understands how to handle dogs, who will test them to see how they do, who understands what the dogs comfort means to the owner is huge.  I too am a pet friendly REALTOR®.

May 10, 2012 09:27 PM #2
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

Holly-though I'm not a dog owner, cats rule my life but I get it.  I'm sensative to dealing with pets whether it's as a listing agent or when I"m touring a home where pets are present. 

May 10, 2012 09:34 PM #3
Leslie G. Rojohn
MoonDancer Realty - Sylva, NC
GRI, ABR ~ MoonDancer Realty

Oh, Holly, you are definately a dog friendly Realtor.  You hit all the points.  We can never get out of the house without slime and dog hair. And trying to get all 13 of them settled in a timely fashion just never happens. Clients with pet worries are just about the only ones we agree to say "Listing agent must accompany"

May 11, 2012 12:29 AM #4
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